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RATINGS: 780   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of cherries and peaches with a sour background, tart and musky. Maybe some light caramel. Murky brown with a thin head but nice lacing. Delicious tart cherry and background spiciness, especially in the finish. Some nice maltiness as it warms. Caramel and figs. Great silky texture.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (5439) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle kindly shared by mmahut, many thanks. Vintage 2012. Dark chestnut color with small white head. Tart aroma with vinous notes, caramel, red fruits. Tart taste with sour fruit, cinnamon, badyan, lemon, yeast. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Werckmeister (405) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 28, 2015
bottle shared by mmahut at RB Vienna March Tasting. Vintage 2012. dark red / brownish color, small white head. smells quite sour, fruity smell, cherries. full body, quite sour taste, fruity, cherries, quite bubbly, citric, astringent. very dry / sour finish. quite good. dont mistake the style on ratebeer, its definitly a sour.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (2479) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle. Batch 14, year 2012. Aroma bretty, basement, fruity, barnyard. Hazy brown colour. Taste hits you with pretty intense sourness up front, which is soon replaced by spices, cinammon, badyan. Very good, surprises by the layered taste and quite harmonic overall impression.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (2072) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle at RateBeer Tasting Vienna March 2015 edition. Pours reddish color, lightly beige head. Aroma is sourish, red fruits, caramel. Taste is medium sour, red fruits, lemon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (2813) - 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 (4919) - 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 (2249) - 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 (47) - 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 (454) - - 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 (5343) - 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.


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