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RATINGS: 782   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Pours an amber brown color with a brown head. Aroma is brett, vanilla, wood, and some tartness. Flavor is malt, spice, brett, and a bitter spicy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2007
I think this shared by Dickinsonbeer, go figure! Lightly hazy brown with some red highlights. Aroma: very nice, brett, sour cherry, with light raisin and sweet caramel. Taste is great, very well balanced between bretty, sour cherry, molasses and spices. Great funked out belgian strong.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2007
poured kind of a translucent red color.Lots of funk on the nose.Definately sour fruits on the flavor.Finished of funky and warming.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2914) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle from SL, Blend 3, 2007, shoulda grabbed two. Poured a full red-brown color, somewhat translucent, nice one finger initial head, diminishing to a thin covering afterwards. Aroma of bret, funk, full fruity notes (sour cherries, slight apples, strawberries), and a peppery accent as it warmed. The flavor followed the aroma, some sweet-sour plays going on, more sour than sweet, yet the balance was striking and enjoyable for a "belgian strong," with the acidity and sour notes keeping this quite drinkable and well short of sticky or sweet, yet far from lambic-like. A fairly malty sour style brew, the alcohol also quite high, yet not noticeable in the aroma or flavor profile. Somewhat Flemish-sour to saison like, darned enjoyable, as I turn more and more into a bret freak.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3740) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Deep maroon color. Rich fruit, raspberry, blackberry, grape; lingering bitterness. Some alcohol in the nose, and as it warms it really blossoms in the sourness and funk of the nose--the sense of the yeast. Average palate--more tingly than frothy. The winner of the 2007 Christmas gathering of my friends.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a medium amber color from a 750ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet, with a touch of spiciness. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. There is a touch of funk here, kind of subdued. The hops are earthy. This beer has a very nice spiciness to it, it balances the sweetness well and add some interesting flavors. It’s a little funky and a touch tart/sour. It will be interesting to see if it changes with some bottle aging. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2445) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Pours barely a one finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight fruity nose. Flavor fruity, tart with hints of sweetness, clean, drying finish. High ABV is hidden. $11.50 for a 750ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Oregon City, Or. Blend 4/2007.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
vyvvy (4470) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Blend 3 / 2007 - Pours very dark brown with a deep dark red hue with a sudsy tan head. The aroma has lots of tart funkiness, clean berry sweetness, light leather, barnyard, peppery spice and light vinegar. Medium grainy body with very light carbonation, especially considering the brewery its from. Starts with dark malt infused with very pleasant tart funk, grainy barnyard spice and brett-like yeastiness. The finish has dry tartness, peppery spice and comes of a bit Fantome-ish. As the beer warms some creamy nuttiness comes into the mix - fantastic (9/4/9/3/18 - 4.3) <P> Blend 4 / 2007 - The appearance is the same as blend three. The aroma is heavier on fruitiness, mainly cherries along with dry red wine and very funky barnyard yeastiness. The aroma is also a lot woodier than blend three. Medium smooth velvety body with very minimal soft carbonation. The flavor starts with sweet cherries that is s cross between cherry juice and a dry red wine with wild yeast infusion. The barnyard fund and graininess is very light is comparison to blend three. The finish also has a very cherry flavor. (10/4/8/4/17 - 4.3) <P> The aroma on four was outstanding and better than three, but the taste with blend three had much more character and complexity than four at this point. It will be interesting to see how these are doing with a bit of age on them.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2007
(750ml bottle, Blend 1) Pours a cloudy mahogany body with an average-sized dense off-white head. Aroma of melon, wood, barnyard, tea leaves, oregano, spruce, and light cherry. Flavor of tea, cherry, dried berries, plum, red grapes, caramel, and light tobacco.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Blend #3 2007, purchased at Corral Liquors in Granite City, IL. The brownish red body made this one look inviting. The aroma was like funky peanut butter with some sour cherries. The taste was sour and woody with some grassy goodness. As I drank some more, I got a little bit of orange marmalade.


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