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RATINGS: 811   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Bottle. Body looks kind of thin and has a nice brown/red color. Head is fairly impressive (2 or 3 fingers) of tightly packed bubbles. Aromas promise some of the hallmark JP sourness with all of its funky splendor, but there are some other spices and such as well as well as a very earthy/woody backdrop. Flavor is definitely JP, but has a fairly chocolaty sweetness to it that drifts in and out of the scene as it wishes. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2008
1/27/08: Bottle.
Warm brown body with red tones. Head is an almond color; rocky, thick and clings to glass. Vinous nose – sour grape and yeasty. Flavor is pretty complex. Sour grape, funk & must, sharp Vermont cheddar, horse blanket and oak. Finish has a slight bitterness – ever so slightly reminds me of chocolate covered expresso beans (just a touch of this) toward the very end. Chalky mouth-feel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Poured a nice mahogany color with a decent head. Aroma of barnyard, wet dog, oak, tart fruit, and funk. Flavors of tart cherries and oak with wine like acidity. Lingering oak and funk. A little alcohol but rather smooth for the 9%.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Poured a cloudy red brown with a huge head. Aroma of oak, cherry, and a little bit of maltiness and tartness. flavor was pretty smooth overall. Flavor seemed very slightly spiced but very smooth. Pretty good jolly pumpkin. Out of their oridinary i dont think they have done anything 9% before.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2008
25.4 oz bottle, blend 2. Hazed purple orange with a puffed beige head. Lemon yeast fades leaving cloves and nutmeg. Lightly tart and bubbly with a wheaty body. Taste is lemon peel, sour pineapple and a touch of honey. Dries with nutmeg and pepper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 Bottle, Blend 4. Murky brown pour, off-white film on top. Aroma is sour and woody, some sugary malt, like sour cherries. Very smooth and nice mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet caramel malt underneath the sour wood / cherries. A nice blend of flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Blend 4, 2007. Brown, with an off white head. Aroma is spices, funk, yeast, and cherries. Flavor is cherries, oak, funk, yeast, and apples. A little sour. Alcohol is well hidden. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5499) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Aged 1 year. Pours a hazy brown into a Tulip. Fluffy off-white head leaves sheet lacing as it slowly recedes. Sour cherry and barnyard funk. Crisp and sour upfront with an oaky malt middle with a lasting sour apple and cherry finish. Quite nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 Blend 2, 2007, big bottle pours out a very hazy copper brown color with a monster off white head and short lived lace. the aroma is big yeast, floral, slight funk, spice, and tartness. The flavor spicy, slightly funky, decent malt undertones, sort of sour, green apple, some oak, kind of dry, pretty quenching, and well coordinated. I just realized it is supposed to be a 9% ABV brew - alcohol is very well hidden! This is another of their beers I wish I had with a hearty meal. The palate is Belgian, quenchy, and cleansing - finishes clean. Overall, not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Pours a real nice dark brown color with the perfect amount of bubbly foamy tan head that lasts. Aroma is brown sugar, tart cherries and other dark fruits, and some pumpkin spice. Flavor is an interesting blend of tart fruitiness with more traditional belgian strong ale flavors like a strong sweet caramel maltiness with a yeasty spice. I like the concept, but it doesn’t blow me away. Overall, def worth a try.


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