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RATINGS: 809   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5669) - 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 (it’s nice to taste a new JP beer that doesn’t 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 I’m quite impressed by this particular one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Shared at tasting with Fly, Dewbrewer, Humulone_Red and others. Thanks guys!
Rich dark caramel color with glowing orange edges. Tart cherryish malty aromas to it. Very dry and tart cherry and brettyness to it. Slight funkiness in the taste and the flavor is rather mild. Unique, but quite nice and drinkable. Grew on me as I had more, and the oaky-ness of it was strong and more enjoyable after the first sample. Nice beer

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Blend 5, 750ML bottle FlacoAlto’s comprehensive description of the brew mirrors many of my impressions so there is no need to repeat it here.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 21, 2007
750 ml green, flat bottom bottle. No freshness date, but a sticker on the side of the bottle says Batch 3, 2007. Big, nasty chunks of something white float around near the bottom of the bottle. It may be yeast, maybe it’s something else? I never saw white yeast in all my 12+ years of homebrewing though. Poured out a deep reddish brown color, with a sticky tan colored head. Aromas are mostly of a sour ale, with some oak barrels in the mix. Flavors are strictly red ale, all the way. Thin body, thin mouthfeel. First high gravity sour red ale I ever had. A little over the top if you ask me.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2007
750ml bottle shared courtesy of weeare138. Blend 3, 2007. Poured a deeper amber / brown color wtih a small sized off white head. Aromas of green apples, bretty, vanilla, fruity, oaky woodiness, and caramel. Tastes of vanilla, wood, dark cherries, caramel, and lighter brett. Light sour and tart fnish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2007
750ml bottle, blend 3. Pours dark brown and purple with zero head, but there’s low but noticeable levels of carbonation, zippy, fruity and puckery all at once on the tongue, with a minimal bite of acidicy throughout. The wood, plum and red grapes notes are nice, as is the woody tobacco notes. A fine beer overall, fully complex, but young, I think. Given time I can see where this would go.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Thanks to weeare138 for sharing this one from my wants list (blend 3). Pours a hazy reddish brown with an average bubbly off white head. Aroma of funk, oak, some vanilla green apple, toasted malts, some caramel, cherry, floral notes...really nice aroma. Flavor of bret, some Ginger, citrus, sour cherries, tart and dry.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5939) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2007
[Blend 3] Poured a hazy chestnut color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, vanilla, light spices, and citrus fruits. Taste of light caramel malts up front, citrus, green grape, and a bit of apple, with a dry, bretty finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1107) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Medium and hazy brown pour with an enormous and lasting, creamy white head. Sour aroma with apple, spice, yeast and light cherry. Mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated, medium bodied. Again, pretty sour taste and a lot more cherry comes out towards the middle. Warming alcohol, some oak/wood notes towards the finish. Finish is tart, quick with lingering apple and cherry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2007
750ml out of the cooler @ Papago. Blend 5, 2007 Oak sour fruit aroma. Dark body with thin head. Sweet and sour fruit flavor with the taste of oak wood in the background. Sourness lingers for aftertaste Sour bitter is medium for this one not as tart.


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