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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9550) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2007
750 ml green bottle Batch 1 poured a clear dark mahogany with a lasting amber head. Aromas of tart citrus, oak, light spice and hints of cherry. Palate was medium bodied crisp and slightly tart. Flavors of oak, cherry, grape, light spice and some vinous notes with a crisp lingering lightly tart finish.
One of the best Christmas beers Iíve had this season!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10470) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2007
750ML Bottle Blend 2, 2007 from Riverís Bend. Poured hazy brown color with a large frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma was as complex heavy dark fruit, spicy, wood and yeast. Medium body with soft carbonation. Moderate spice sour flavor with a Moderate sour fruit finish with medium alcohol bite. Good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Blend 5, 750ML bottle
Dirty brown with a thick white head and lacing. Aroma is dark fruits. oak and yeast. Flavor is over ripe fruits. Very sweet cherries and malt. Tart yeasty finish.t

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3299) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Bottle courtesy of golubj. Poured a murky brown, bog color with light brown head. Aroma is heavy on a sour oak, with fruit, caramel, yeast and maybe flowers. Flavor was much of the same. Almost a little bit too sour for my liking. Other flavors were wood and caramel; not as much dark fruit in the flavor. Some aging might do this some good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9465) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2007
750 mL bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Blend 1, 2007. Pours mahogany with an average, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting after initially fading somewhat, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel), average hops (citrus, flowers), average yeast (earth, basement) with notes of sour cherries, wood, and figs. Medium bodied, fizzy and bubbly texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter, metallic finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness. This one needs to sit a while, IMHO, as it seems very raw. The 9% ABV is well-hidden beneath the soured fruit and wood flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2007
750ml $10.99 Binnyís Plainfield Blend #1 2007 Jolly Pumpkinís newest releases is Noel de Calabaza, their Christmas release. Pours a murky rusty copper with a moderate haze as it rises up the glass. The head grew to a creamy three fingers as I poured then settled down to a thick one finger beige crown. Each sip leaves very respectable drink lines. The smell od Noel de Calabaza is as refreshing as a winter styled brew could be. The nose is so robust itís hard to put your finger on exactly whatís there. Some dark fruits are present along the lines of prunes, figs, and although not a fruit, plum pudding. Thereís that fresh, juicy, fruity aroma found in so many of JPís beers from the fermentation. Makes your mouth water. Flavor is very similiar to the aroma just not quite as robust. The juicy dark fruits are there and creat a great complexity. Iím even picking up some candi sugar, whether itís there or not, it sure tastes like it. Thereís a bit of sourness on the finish but only enough to make you pucker before the tartness leaves you wanting another drink immediately. As the mouthful disappears a touch of tobacco leaf comes into play. The mouthfeel is the only thing lacking on this beer. The bacteria ate up a little too much of the sugar leaving the body a little on the light side. The lively carbonation and light body usually work great on these sour ales but this one could use a touch more body to go with the darker fruits present. Although the mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would have liked it actually boosts the drinkability. The slightly dry finish and tartness on the swallow leave you wanting another drink right away. Another good beer from Jolly Pumpkin. Itís refreshing to find all these great barrel aged sours so easily and affordable. Jolly Pumpkin does the beer drinking public a great service by offering these normally expensive hard to find styles in many locations and at an affordable price for such great beers. Thatís one of many reasons you will always find at least a couple Jolly Pumpkin offerings in my fridge at a time. 12/24/07

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
750 ml bottle, from BevMo LaJolla. Pours hazy chestnut color, with a smallish off white head that leaves little to no lace. Aroma of tart fruit, funk and barnyard, wet wool, oaky and somewhat vinous. Flavor is also tart and funky, wonderful sour/tannic notes curl around the flavors of unripe berries, red wine and earth and hops with alcohol well hidden. Medium, smooth body, very gentle carbonation. Nice, very nice and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pastor (796) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Its Christmas Eve so I figured I crack this one open tonight. The bottle poured a dark ruby red with next to no head a thin lace would also be an understatement .Oak, earthy funk and sour cherries are the aromas that I get from this one I do have to agree that this thing is silky smooth very drinkable ale and it tastes great The thing that confuses me about this ale is that it tastes more like a lambic than a Belgian strong dark but Iíll leave that for others with more reviews under there belt to debate I taste the sour cherries and lots of fruit, the malt is lightly present as well as some spice. I do agree that you should let the bottle warm to really appreciate it. I will be looking for more of these and looking forward to try more from this brewer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Blend 4, 2007. Interesting yeasty-coupled with sweet malted-aroma. Lots of cinnamon in the flavor, and Iím loving it. Warming and fuzzy. Roasty and just the perfect balance of sourness. Very good, indeed!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Blend 4 - slightly hazy, dark amber beer, with a small, soapy lace - strong aroma of oak, sour cherry (pits/skins), a very mild musty and tart character, earthy/damp aromas, subtle herbs (thyme, mostly), and mild notes of vanilla and spice - mildly tart and acidic up front, but not what I would call funky or bretty - a mild sweetness creeps in that compliments the strong cherry flavor - notes of herbs (thyme and oregano) and very mild peppery character far in the background - oak is present, but not overpowering, adding additional depth (itís nice to taste a new JP beer that doesnít appear to be dominated by oak and sourness) - a subtle floral aspect develops late, but fades quickly, as does some alcohol warmth - nicely balanced - I wish I could try all the blends, but Iím quite impressed by this particular one.

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