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RATINGS: 776   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
The aroma was full of dark fruit, allspice, a little nutmeg and light roast. The beer poured a thick cloudy brown color with very thick lasting head and light lace. The flavor was fruity, allspice, light clove, nutmeg, and plums. The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with a lot of carbonation.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (2722) - BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
Belgian-inspired Christmas beer, 2012 vintage. Creamy, pale beige, lacing head, slow gushing even, relatively stable; colour a deep purplish wine red, hazy to completely cloudy as the bottle progresses, eventually completely opaque and ’muddy’, looking like an Irish coffee having been standing somewhere for too long. Calm sparkling, yellowish chunks of proteins here and there. Very ’oud bruin’-like aroma (’Flemish red’) of blackcurrant, elderberry, caramel, passion fruit, balsamic vinegar, dry red wine, oak, hazelnut oil, old sherry, sour yoghurt, hints of chocolate, dried ginger, figs in ’jenever’, sour cherries, toasted bread, goat cheese, leather and wet hay. Estery onset, fruity in a crisp, sourish way, strong lactic acidity with drying effect almost from the start, light candi sweetishness balancing a bit, medium carbonation, smooth and slightly resinous mouthfeel, nutty and caramelly malts with a faint chocolatey and equally faint toasted touch, yeasty spiciness, long drying finish of the lactic sourness continuing all the way through, accompanied by dry oaky tannins and a faint leafy hoppiness for mere structure, not really bittering, as is custom in sour beers; a hint of subtle, brandy-like, warming alcohol appears after all of this, reminding you of the fact that this is 9% ABV and therefore a lot stronger than the average Flemish red. I forgot to look at the ABV first, honestly speaking, and consumed it like I would consume a ’simple’ Rodenbach - a mistake I will not make again. Stood the test of time quite well, as sour beers usually do; this kind of beers are the living proof that you do not need to be in Belgium to brew Flemish sour ales. Interesting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (4514) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with thick frothy beige head that lasts. The aroma is oak, cherry skin and spice. Thin mouthfeel with tart cherry, oak, light spice, really enjoyed this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (2137) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle at a tasting at Butler's place. Pours brown with a thin white head. Aroma is slight tartness with not much else. Flavor is tart apples. Not much else going on. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
c1raider (38) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2015
This is a fun beer that is very unique. Malty, fruity, carbonated, licorice, easy drinking, smooth, would buy again!

1.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
outlawskies (455) - - JAN 22, 2015
I did not realize was suppose to be sour. It definitely caught by supprise. It was a slightly nice supprise. Julie is not going to like very much she made several yucky she gives a 1

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (5194) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle @ Three Notch’d Tasting. Chestnut brown pour with a small head. Pennies and cherry. Light tartness. Mineral, some acid. Taste of cherry fruit leather. Sea salt and driftwood. Light drinking fruit that’s beer kept in a sea captain’s chest. Earthy, sort of dry on the finish. Medium body, soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerdedDave (629) - - JAN 11, 2015
on tap at Eulogy in Philadelphia; hazy reddish color; sour apple and cherry aroma; great sour apple and cherry flavor; the tap unfortunately ran out after I ordered this one and they brought me just about one sip; it tasted great and I really wish I could have had more than one sip

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
onceblind (4843) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Dark hazy brownish ruby with a lovely sour tone of cranberry and sour oak with a dark earthy sweetness. Nice flavor that begins earthy sour but then gets dry and nearly flavorless save for a wee metallic twang. Eh. There’s a little dark maltiness through it but it’s no great sour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (6216) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle - Sour black current and some funk. Cloudy Amber with a decent rich beige head. Soured cherry, soured malts, oak notes and some balsamic in the finish. Not sure about Christmas ale, but very much like Flemish red.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABT_S54 (221) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
75cl bottle shared in a Delirium Noel glass. Pours a dark brown/red colour with a slightly off white head which barely lasts the pour. Aroma is vinous notes with a clear acidity present. Taste is tart cherries, sweet maltiness and a rather thin mouthfeel. All in all quite disappointing and not at all Christamassy despite the promising write up from the brewery. This is similar to an oud brown which in itself is very promising but when it is masquerading as a Christmas Belgian Ale my expectations were somewhat different.


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