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RATINGS: 787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naka (717) - 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 (1438) - austin, Tejas, Texas, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Dark brown, very muddy, cloudy, moderate foamy light beige head, nice lacing.   Oaken nose, woody, with subtle hints of raisins and immature cherries.   Rather flat on the tongue, flavorwise.   Certainly tart, bordering on sour, but the fruity aspect has been minimized as compared to the nose.   The woody tartness on its own is still quite enjoyable, but thats the basis for this one.   Not getting the heafty fruit or spices that I thought would be present.   Its only after the finish do you get a hint of other flavors, very fleeting.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   As it warms the spices become more apparent, especially on the backside.   Tasty, but very plain for a sour.   Still enjoyable, even if a bit overly simple.   Thanks Chris for this rare treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle sample shared with oakbluff. I think it was blend #2. Dark amber in colour with spritzy and fairly strong carbonation. Aromas of funk, flowers, mint, and Christmas spices. Flavors are lemony sourness, , light malt, spices, and the signature Jolly Pumpkin funk. Suffers a bit of hollowness on the palate, which perhaps could have been solved by a bit more tart lemony sourness. Good, but not quite as mind-blowing as some of the other JPís that Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
It smells great - like spice and tart fruit; it tastes complex, like the above plus a sparkling Belgian Dubbel; the problem is that Iíd never drink it again. The sparkling dryness is like a dark, tart, clovey champagne... which I am not in the market for.

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