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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Poured a brownish red good head. Aroma was different funky cherry apple and something else. Flavor was much the same solid sweetness yet some sour funk as well. Solid beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 15, 2008
Pours a deep brown with a huge thick head. Head retention is excellent with a creamy consistency. Aroma is spicey with strong notes of malt. Flavor has a tartness with mixtures of fruit and spice with a strong malty background. Hops are present but nicely balanced. Finish has a sour touch.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2008
Bottle, blend 2, 2007. Thanks to jsquire. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Malty spicy vinous yeasty aroma. Has a sweetish spicy wood flavor with some vinous hints. Finish is slightly oaky and spicy acid finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Blend #1: Deep brown in color this poured a thick head of tiny white bubbles that dissipated. The nose was filled with aromas of yeast, sour cherry, charred wood and spices. The palate is medium-bodied but tart with the flavors from the nose carrying through. Well made and balanced but the midpalate lacks punch and the finish comes a bit quick. Overall, quite nice but lacking punch.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Had this at the MBGWF08. Smelled slightly funky, some must, cherries and other fruit with a touch of sour. Taste was much the same, more spice came out towards the end, the sour notes were a little underplayed. Nice and balanced, but a little underwhelming.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Big active soapy foam distinguished this beer. A dark brown copper color with wood, cherry and yeast in the aroma. There was a lot going on in the flavor. It was sometimes sweet, sometimes, tart, and sometimes sour. Fun beer to sample.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Batch 2, 2007. This almost filled my chalice with just foam. A really fluffybiege foam, but only foam. It took me quite a while to coax beer into the glass, but the big foamy head stayed. Sweet tart nose with sour cherries, wet wood, and some cereal grains. Very murky brown color. When the beer is cold, the sour cherries and oak are balanced with an almost smoky grain flavor. That balance vanished as it warmed, becoming focused on sour cherries, lactic acid, and some of the funk that I do not like. There is a cinnimon/nutmeg spice that hovers over all of it. The more I drank of this bottle the less I wanted it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Poured from a 750ml bottle (Blend 2, 2007) and served in a trappist glass. This beer poured a muddy dark brown with some light mahogany highlights and a huge head of lasting tan foam. A thick coat of uneven lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of sour funk, oak, dried dark fruits, cherries, and dusty yeast. The flavor consisted of sour cherries, brett, light spicing, and a note of dry alcohol. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and finished crisp and dry with a high level of tingly carbonation. Another unique and tasty brew from JP. Nice job!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6303) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
This dark brown ale poured with a small beige head, eliciting a tart oak aroma. There is a sour malty flavor with cherry undertones, a carbonated mouthfeel and a chalky bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10692) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Bottle; blend 2007. Aromas of sour, raisin and a little oak. Near opaque brown color with a flat white head. Medium body with mild, sharp carbonation. A little bit of sour, a little bit of sweet brown malt, a little oak, a little fruit. Lightly bitter and astringent finish. A little bit of everything adds up to a very good thing. Smooth and mellow.


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