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RATINGS: 748   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
luvpnkflyd (10) - Kokomo, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2009
I love this beer! Dark, Sweet, and Delicious! Itís a little expensive at $15.00/bottle, but well worth it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jayzz (318) - Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Dark opaque brown color and slight spicy coffee aroma. Slight sour taste without a lengthy aftertaste. A light fruity beer with a surprising flavor. Somewhat mysterious.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nuplastikk (4322) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 750ml bottle. Blend 3, 2007. This beer exceeds Murky brown-amber color with a lively head. Funky barnyard aroma and taste rarely captured so well. Sour like an Oud Bruin at itís best, with a full enough malt backbone to smooth it out. Completely covers the alcohol with the tartness, incredibly drinkable for 9%. This is one of the best beers out there, if you are into beers with a sour edge to them.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 Bottle at Jerryís. Clear dark red-mahogany with good, foamy tan head / Delicate, bretty, green apple, caramel, coca cola, and baking spice nose / Light to medium body, some sweetness, tart with lively carbonation but creamy, no trace of the big alcohol, with good finish / Funky flavors of green apple, caramel, vanilla, oak, chocolate, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, coriander, and brett (cheese, hay, rotten apples) / Just once I would like to see a little more to the body, but I nitpick. Americaís greatest brewer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Wow this stuff took me by surprise. Took a recommendation at a store I frequent and have had positive recommendations before, so I paid the $13 for the bottle. Wow was I suprised. Probably the best tasting beer Iíve ever had when I drank it. Dark ruby in color and intensely crisp. Dry bitingly crisp and the brett is harsh in this one, but refined harsh, intended harshness. Great flavors of figs and apple are everywhere, along with some traditional belgiany flavors. This stuff is unbelievable.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrewtopiaofPJ (37) - Miller Place, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Quite tart with great funky oakey aroma. One of the best winter ales I ever drank. Sour cherries very dry finish. Delicious

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 6, 2009
THOUGHTS: Reminded me a lot of Rodenbach, but with a touch of spices. The flavor and aroma changed so much as it warmed and time went by. I donít feel I am doing it justice in this review. It took me nearly two hours to drink a bottle, because I just kept wanting to see how much it would change. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark red that was nearly black in the glass, with a large, off-white head that kept a nice sheet and left good lacing. The aroma was light malt, some horse blanket, leather and earthy yeasts, sour fruit, cask wood, spices. It got yeastier as time went by. The flavor started lightly sweet and acidic, and finished sweet, sour and acidic with slight bitterness that lasted for an average duration. There was sour fruit, yeast, spices, malt apple, cherry, slight citrus, some wood. Then slight hops that mightíve been there just to balance things. The medium to full body was slightly syrupy then dry with fizzy carbonation and a light astringent finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Poured 12/2009 Popping the cork on this bottle reveals a foamer. Foam pours steadily out for many minutes in the sink. Pours a dark opaque brown with a enormous lacy froth on top. I have to wait a few minutes before I can even dip my nose in it. Yeasty and fruity in the nose, some vanilla and sweet spice...clove? Ooof! In the mouth, itís an explosion of spice, yeast, ripe grapes, alcohol, baked apples, spiced pears and vanilla. Some wine-y flavors, sweet spice, maybe clove, some caramel and toffee flavors way back there too. Thereís a cidery character and easy to drink considering the complexity and ABV. As it warms, there a rum flavor...or maybe whiskey. No, itís a rummy flavor for sure. Like rum soaked raisins. Long fruity finish and aftertaste. Itís a Belgian-styled wonder of a Christmas ale. Exquisite and highly recommended.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Guerde (1163) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
(bottle blend 3 bottled on 11-5-10) Pours a dark cola brown, but when held up to the sunlight shines as a deep crimson color. Head is a thin white color that retains well. I am surprised that the carbonation is so tame here, as this has not been my prior experience with other JP beers. Aroma is nothing short of magnificent with a smell that could be a dead-ringer for Chilean Carmenereí. Just a massive vinous presence with plenty of sharp oak accenting it. Further scents of blueberry muffins, crushed mint, and earthy mushrooms. The brett is speaking here. The blueberry really intensifies as this warms up and itís matched by a slight green pepper presence that only furthers the Carmenereí comparison. The flavor is sweeter than I had expected, with plenty of sweet maltiness to start things off, but this does yield to the more expected flavors of sharp oak, red wine, crushed mint, and maybe just a spike of pineapple before the finish. Red wine and blueberries really begin to show up as it sits, and I am glad to see that these flavors were merely lagging behind the aroma instead of being completely absent in the flavor. Could be some dark chocolate in here as well. The finish rounds out with a subtle toasty maltiness before being quickly replaced by a lingering dry oak and spice finish that carries on for quite awhile. Mouthfeel is medium but carbonation is lively and sharp. Yet another masterful creation from JP. I just may have to buy a couple more bottles from this batch to cellar.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
artiesattic (11) - Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Once again Jolly Pumpkin impressive style blows me away, pour is deceptive of the taste,pour like a dark thick stout but has a explosion of flavors unlike a Christmas stout of thick coffee chocolate..this guy has found the combination.


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