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RATINGS: 804   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2007
750ml bottle, blend 3. Pours dark brown and purple with zero head, but thereís 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 (5782) - 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 (1100) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2007
750 (blend 1).....pours dark caramel brown with a thin ivory, slightly brown head.....aromas of oak, tartness, apples and very little in the way of spices which i would expect more of an abundance of.....flavors of tartness, a little caramel and brown sugar with a dry finish. backdrop adds some peppery spice as it warms. finishes with a modicum of spice.....thereís better to be had from JP but perhaps it was this particular blend?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (937) - 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!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDalkoholic (2298) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.7
   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.


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