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RATINGS: 712   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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And so the Three Wise Men set out from the East bearing gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Along the Way, they followed a bright light. The Bible neglects to mention if they brought beer or not. Who goes crossing the desert without beer? How smart are we to believe these wise men were? Since Christmas is the season of gift giving more than receiving, please be a giver and share the Wisdom found in each and every bottle of our Gift of the Magi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12130) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle from Marcus! C&C. Slightly hazy copper amber color with a froth beige/tan head. Mysterious aromas, underlying which is fruit. Hop or ? But fruit. Not dark fruit. Rich light stone fruit. Medium body with mild, creamy carbonation. There is a funky note, astringency, wood, pale fruit, maybe tobacco. Floral/fruit hop. And the funk, though not strong, never quits. This is a truly intriguing ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Gift has a nice balance of hops and flavor. The hops are present but not overpowering. The pour and appearance are very nice with a thin translucent head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2908) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Thanks to trevor211 for a glass. Coppery pour with a yellowish head .. after the label described the spices/herbs they included, all i could think of was it looked like a witch’s brew. nose of a dry tripel.. plus fruit/herb mustiness. cidery, dry malty flavor with overtones of fall herb and winter spice. very earthy, with some bittering and lots of yeast. Gummy dark fruits: fig, raisin and prune. Some sort of beautiful mix of a belgian winter ale into an american style .. or the other way around. very nice and intriguing, a new sort of winter beer as far as i’m concerned.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
highibus (752) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Pours a nice amber/copper with really thin white head. Really low carbonation when I popped the cork. NOt a lot of aroma, but some sweetness comes through. Flavor is sweet and quite a bit of alcohol, but smooth. Nice balance and slightly sweet alcohol finish. NOt much bret yet. But I think this is a fresh bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Pours ruby-bronze, with surprisingly little head for a LA beer. Aroma is like that of a dry tripel with a *ton* of malts added - raisins, herbs, even some dark fruits. Flavor is somewhat like DFH’s Raison D’etre. An herb-infused, very malty tripel with a significant hop presence as well. Slightly resiney / astringent, but it has a boozy, sweet malt flavor somewhat like Samichlaus. Bitter aftertaste. I still can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s like an American winter ale brewed in a Belgian style. Intriguing as hell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2008
750ml corked and caged, enjoyed thanksgiving day. Pours a murky light brown/copper. Aromas are fruity, yeasty, and earthy. Flavors are yeast, mellow malts, flowers, and slight hoppiness. Plate is very nice, smooth and perfectly carbonated

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Amber with a nice head. Aroma is yeasty, light alcohol, floral. Taste is a nice light hoppiness, complemented by the yeast and alcohol warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 Amber brown, flat, caramel, dark fruit, malty, alcohol, yeasty, spice, little hop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2008
2007 vintage 0.75L bottle picked up at the brewery back in January 2008. Pours hazy copper to orange with thin tan head. The aroma is fruity and herbally with fresh meadow, light colored fruitiness, flower pedals, bushes and shrubs. I guess I’m smelling myrrh. A moderate level of alcohol on a full draw is detectable too. The taste is much the same but starting with hop tart bitterness moving into a variety of light colored fruitiness that are melded together and tough to discern. Floating above those notes are herbal fresh flowered shrubs. It gets fruity into the finish and some light colored fruity tartness hangs on into the after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma is herbal, floral, spicy yeast, and a touch of sweet malt. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and slightly hot alcohol. Good.

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