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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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2013 vintage - 8.5% abv


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2008
Cloudy dark ruby with a lasting white head. Toffee and butterscotch dominates a very malty aroma. Sweet and malty flavour with a bunch of cinnamon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2007
33 cl. bottle. Poured a cloudy dark orange with a frothy almond colored head. Kind of a fruitcake aroma--dried berries and candied peel with some underlying maltiness and spices. Moderately sweet flavor of caramel/toffee malts with dried fruits and herbal notes, and a bit of spice. Off-dry finish. Nice flavors in this, nothing over the top. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4403) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Pours deep amber into a tulip. Offwhite head recedes to skim surface. Fruity caramel and spices from front to back.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (2680) - Waregem, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. (first @ Kerstbierfestival, yesterday again @ De Heerlijkheid) Copper - orange color with a off-white head. Aroma yeast, fruits spice. Medium tot full body. Taste = fruits, spice, yeast and hops. Not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (4822) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2007
On tap at 13e Kerstbierfestival, Essen. Slightly yellowish copper colour with a rather small head. sweet and fruity aroma. Flavours range from vegetables with some spices thrown in for good measure and a dry finish. Points for originality rather than craftmanship.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2007
(Draught@Kerstbierfestival 2007, Essen) Hazy dark amber with a smallish head. Lots of anise in the nose, very herby-medicinal, but nice. Herby-anisey flavor with hints of alcohol. Medium-bodied, quite thin palate with low carbonation. Spicy, but flavor- and palatewise not that special.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2007
Bottled. Hazy reddish brown coloured. Very yeasty aroma with notes of caramel and ripe fruits. Sweet yeasty flavour. Standard Belgian ale.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle. Pours with a murkish brown color. Aromas of spices and some yeastiness. Flavor is patently weird: it finishes with this weird astringency, almost like cough syrup. Initial flavor profile is ok, with some caramel, but the finish is off. I may have to rerate after having a second bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2007
12oz bottle. Aroma is yeast and Belgian sugar with sweet malts and hops to balance. Large off-white foamy head that remains and leaves good lace. Dark brown amber hue with a fair amount of tiny particles and sparkling carbonation. Flavor is earthy yeast, spicy sweet malt and a crisp finish. Palate is light-medium body with a lively carbonation and a little alcohol on the finish. An ok brew but overall it’s average or a little below.


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