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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2008
2007 bottle. Pours a very dark, ruby, almost burgandy color with an off-white, creamy, rocky, full head which is mostly lasting and leaves lots of nice, sporatic lace. Nose is certainly JP with plenty of tart notes; crab apples, plum skins, light overripe cherries, light wet oak, and rich caramels make up the bulk with some spicy alcohol notes and faint doughy yeast notes. Flavor is similar but with more oak and malt to balance the tartness; rich caramels and toffee, a light almond note, plenty of wet oak and other earthy notes, crab apple, faint overripe chery notes, and some funky yeast notes. Palate is quite nice with a medium to full body, lively carbonation, and a refreshing, almost silky mouthfeel with only a mild warmth noted. Finishes quickly and lightly dry with some nutty bitterness, light lingering toffee notes, and the tart notes dissapating. A nice JP winter offering with nice tart notes and some nice malty tones in the mix. Some aging could really make this one nice and alleviate the simplicity. Another solid JP brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3240) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drugs & Liquor, blend 3. Iím seeking out the other blends, cause god damn is this good. I look forward to trying them side by side.

This blend pours a deep, slightly purple brown with almost no head, though it is certainly not flat. Deep and complex oaky aroma greet the nose, huge red wine qualities with a fair amount of cooking herbs, banana, and toffee. Deliciously oaky with that slight touch of sourness that JP does oh so well. Similar to La Roja or a good fantome. The body on this is perfect, easy going down despite its high alcohol content and thick in the mouth. I could see this as a perfect beer for appealing to wine lovers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle at Cbus 10. Pours a dark hazy amber/brown color with a deent sized tan colored head. Aroma of oak, caramel, funk, spices. FLavor is oak, apple, alcohol, spice, earthy. Palate is medium bodied, lively carbonation finishes tart. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naka (698) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Shared with dpjuart. Pours a deep amber with reddish hues. A 3 - 4 finger tan foamy head. The nose had a bit of a metallic hint that disappeared after a short while. A lot of sourness, alcohol, and spice in the nose. The taste has a very sour first impression, but as you adjust, it gets pretty complex. It has a lot of fruit, mostly tart apples, and finishes with a sourness and bitterness that roll on your tongue. There is a big woody that amplifies as the alcohol fades. A good body with a lot of carbonation, though not excessive. Overall, a pretty enjoyable holiday beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Thanks to beerlando for sharing. Pours dark brown with white, lacy foam head. Spicy funky aroma. Initially tart taste followed by a moderately sweet spiciness. Really enjoy this style when done well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2008
BLEND 3 ;) Poured a hazy brown color with an off-white head. Tart and malty aroma with notes of apples. The flavor was mildly tart with caramel malt and a spice finish. Light body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2008
PreXmas Dewbrewer tasting. Yet another grand offering from Doug. Hard to say it was a stand out as so many spectacular beers were cracked open that night, but by gawd it was good. Nice, earthy aroma - oak is earthy, right? Hell, with some beers I see little need to wax poetic as the beer itself does the job far better than I ever could. Do you like, somewhat sour, if only slightly, somewhat acidic beers with a tad of funk? Yes? Well, either youíve tried this or you should.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Very well balanced tart and malty qualities with a wonderful vinous aroma, notes of bitter chocolate, macerated cherries, and pinot noir.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2008
750ml bottle. Drank this with a standing rib roast for Christmas dinner and it was fantastic. Cloudy dark brown pour with a huge tan head (HUGE!). Sour, funky, oaky aroma. I donít know what a horse blanket tastes like, but this had a barnyard type quality to it. Very funky. Not much else going on it the flavor, very sour, but like I said, it went great with the roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Courtesy Beerlando. Hazy amber color with a thin white head. Nice mild sweet funky aroma, like a very mild Flemish sour. Very light, mild aroma overall. The tartness on the taste is very mild, but meshes nicely with the spices. A very subtle brew funk-wise, but that was part of its appeal to me.

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