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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Blend 2. Hazy brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of light funk, sour, pale caramel malt, oak, and light spices. FLavors held vinous elements, more funk, brown sugar, light sweet malt, light fruits. Medium/light body, sour/funky/sweet with a dry/sour finish. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 16, 2007
750 ml bottle from Southbay Drugs and Liquor. This brew was a complete surprise than what I had expected. It was a medium shade of brown with almost no formation of head but instead a tiny layer of film that didnít last more than a few seconds. The aroma was yeast and hard liquor smell that got me wondering what kind of Belgian it was. The flavor is a strange mutation of a Belgian ale gone haywire and reminds me of my experience of Alpine Ichabod ale (bottled). Not feeling this one at all, but then again this whole concept of aging Belgians in oak barrels is new to me. I am, however, feeling the presence of the alcohol though and itís quite relaxing to know at least this beer did something for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours dark reddish brown with a fully receding light tan head. Aroma of oak, cherry brett, and toffee. Taste is cherry, barnyard, oak, and leather. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very soft carbonation (cask). Very well hidden alcohol. This is a fairly mild beer when served from the cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Bottle, thanks Sersdf. Murky brown pour with an oily head. Wet hay, yeasty, sour, with a woody citrus character. Flavor is surprising... sweet and spiced - cardamom and cinnamon, clove. Pretty interesting finish. Nutmeg. Iím not sure this is a Christmas beer, other than the spice notes. Itís good though. Hugely smooth for 9%. Rerate - YAY! A gusher. An over attenuated and funky beer from JP? Weird... Good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1243) - Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2014 750ml bottle from Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, Blend 4, 2007, pours a hazy amber brown with a medium foamy off-white head that thins, aroma of roasted malt, with the JP sourness, yeast funk and faint sweetness, some woodiness fragrance, spicy caramel aroma(?) when warmed, flavors are sweet and sour, spices, caramel and dark malt flavors, faint chocolate and a touch of brown sugar, there is a definite sourness to this ale, faint wine-grape taste here and there was no alcohol when cold-cool, alcohol is well hiddened, a little alcohol tinge on the nostrils at room temperature is all I found, as the ale warmed a citrus orange grapefruit flavor emerged and the sourness weakened to let the other flavors grow, more malt flavor, a berry-fruit sweetness with caramel on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Blend 2. Mahogany pour, big white head that stays big the whole time. Aroma is sour, cherries, grapes, oak and classic JP sour yeast. Flavor is sour but light definitely not as big as most of their beers. Some roastiness to it, grapes, oak, a touch of chocolate. Classic JP yeast, always funky, phenolic and sour. Lot of floral notes and a touch of perfum in the flavor. Man they make some complex brews that are hard to describe. Some cherries, cinnamon and even a hint of mint. What a complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2007
750ml bottle (Blend3) and served in my Duval snifter: Pours a deep brown with some reddish highlights and a fading frothy head but good lace. The aroma has notes of sour cherry and grapes, a mild yeasty funk, oak, light juniper and mint, and a note of bakers chocolate. The taste starts twangy and fruity with a hint of barnyard yeast. Some note of malt comes through before the woody acidic finish. The mouth feel is very carbonated and sprite with no trace of 9% alcohol.

This is the 3rd time I had this brew including what I believe to have been batch 1 at FoBAB. This latest batch and bottle seems to have grown on me. Far better depth than before. You could easily classify this beer as a sour ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
750 ml bottle from Stone. Dark brown with no head. Sour oaky and chocolate aroma. Tangy fruit, chocolate, oak, spice, and roastiness taste with a smooth woody finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
750 ml bottle entitled blend 3. Shared with the mother. Subtle oaky funk aroma with notes of citrus and spice. Flavor is similar to the above and moderately satisfying with a touch of acidity. Could use some more bubbles to help create body and some "umphhhh". Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Poured from a 750ml bottle--dark amber-ruby body. High carbonation and big foamy off-white head. Fruity flavor of cherries with a mild musty scent. Oaky flavors melded nicely with the fruits. Mildly acidic and not overly sour. Finished with a little spicy bite that was quite welcomed.

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