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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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We drew inspiration from Steve’s Grandmother’s holiday biscotti recipe to create this one of a kind brew. By utilizing an array of malts, oats, wheat, pure local honey, light European hops and delicately spicing with Grains of Paradise, Madagascar vanilla beans, whole star anise, all brought together with traditional Belgian yeast, the result is a cloudy, deep copper colored, complex experience. This delight to the senses should be served in a 12 ounce footed glass and allowed to warm to 50 degrees to fully gather the malt and spice spectrum.


2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maximum12 (24) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Time to pull this one out of the fridge. Lift Bridge has lifted their game recently, so I’m optimistic. But a cookie beer? Pour is golden/amber & appears slightly unfiltered, though there are no boogies in the bottle bottom. Smell is untamed & festive as a Christmas kitchen: most of the spice rack & vanilla drown out whatever beer bouquet one might imagine. Biscotti doesn’t regale the taste buds like it does the nose. Taste flattens & dulls the best of the nose. Vanilla takes on an off-brand quality, the spicing is aggressive without adding much, & the Belgian yeast is like dumping weird on top of muddled. Strong banana in the end-game, again, muddled with other, darker fruits. This is like a Welch’s Juice Concoction gone wrong. Not bad by any means, but more of a beer with too much going on in the bottle & nothing to bring it all together. Decent enough.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Appearance: Orangish-red with nice off-white head and some lacing. Aroma: Sweet, fruity (cherry, plum, banana), boozy, and spicy (clove, cardamon). Some light mead-like characteristics. Taste: More muted than the aroma and not as sweet. There are a lot of fruity notes (notably cherry and plum) with strong toasted malts, honey, and lemon pepper from the Grains of Paradise. Some very light Belgian yeast flavors. There are a lot of flavors going on here, but it is all a little muddled other than the Grains of Paradise. Palate: Thick, full body that is somewhat chalky. Pretty dry throughout. Overall: Pretty good, but could certainly use some tweaking to make the flavors stand out more.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1839) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Tap at Pig and Fiddle on January 20, 2012. Orangish brown pour maybe but this damn bar is too dark to tell for sure. Aroma is bready, sweet, little honey. Taste is similar to aroma with a spicy kick and throw in a mild bitter and dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle to glass. Aroma is pretty solid with a little bit of the anise noticable in licorice form with lots of yeasty goodness going on. A little bit of vanilla as well once you let warm up. Hazy gold-amber pour with nice white head. This beer was a lot of fun to gauge as it warmed up. There was a but of spiciness to it as well. This was a big hit at the new years eve party. I will pick up more of this for sure

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2011
2011 bottle to snifter. Pours dark amber and clear with a fluffy soapy head that dissipates to a collar. Aroma is spice malt and yeast with a bread like biscuit scent. Taste is spice some faint bubblegum yeast and malt with a slight hint of burnt vanilla. Palate is thin to medium with a good carbonation and a little heat and finishes dry. So so brew, but nothing making me want more!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6159) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Pours hazy yellow with white head, aroma is spicy and sweet. Taste up front is sweet and caramel with some spices, and ends a bit bitter and dry. Not bad, but wouldn’t drink much more of this.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemooner (607) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Hazy amber body with a medium, off-white head. Smells quite bready with some spices. Flavor is also bready with a lot of yeast flavor and some spices, cloves, light fruits, and some acidic tastes. Creamy body with light carbonation. Not my favorite but it’s all right.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2009
On tap at Mad Cappers in Stillwater, MN. Looked to be reddish brown in the low light. Lightly spicey aroma. Taste of Belgian yeast, clove and spice. Bready finish. Went well with a meal. Nicely done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1170) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Winterfest 2009 (St. Paul, MN) - This seemed to have a lot of saison qualities. Dry, sour, with some licorice and anise spices. Decent brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6136) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 TAP: at Stub & Herb’s, 2.22.09. Clear gold/amber pour, nice belgian spicy aroma. Taste is pretty empty and boring, and a little thin. A little disappointing, but not bad.


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