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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2013
Poured from a bottle, orangish color, clear with no head. Aroma is yeast and bananas. Taste is similar, bit of a clove spice finish, thin body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHOFF43 (2044) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Tap at brewery. Some sweetness with banana flavors. Bready and solid. Good beer, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle: Reddish orange pour with a thick foamy off white head. aroma is Belgian yeast, honey, light banana, vanilla. A lot more spice and vanilla coming through in the flavour, very sweet. butter cookie, malted wheat. that distinct belgian yeast coming through towards the finish where it leaves with a hint of alc and more spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1377) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (1261) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Tap at Lift Bridge for beer release party. Golden copper pour with a white head. Sweet tasting with a little bit of spice. Nice winter seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ljthiessen (1138) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma is caramel and biscuit. Taste is light, some caramel and biscuit, touch of banana. Not bad, but unremarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vikingguy (1069) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Gold/Red color with small white head. Hops and fruit on the nose. Interesting flavor...fruity/yeasty and some yeasty taste. A bit of cherry. Smooth and drinkable. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Pours a very cloudy golden orange with thick cream coored head. Aroma is clove, orange zest and candi sugar. Flavor is very reminiscent of a tripel style but a bit of a tart bite. Not as sweet as the aoma suggests. notes of coriander and mild hopes present. Body light/creamy but light carbonation.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemooner (657) - 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.

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