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RATINGS: 700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2008
750ml bottle from Sam’s in Downers Grove, IL. It poured a hazy golden brown body with a very short-lived head. No lacing at all. The aroma had spicy yeast, dates, sweet malt & honey, and a pungent floral bitterness. It tasted of caramel & toffee, black pepper, dried fruit, alcohol, and had a sharp jab of floral bitterness. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Tasting @ binny’s. Copper color with an off-white head. Yeasty, citrusy aroma. Nice complexity. Fruit and funk in the flavor, pungent spice, caramel, brandy notes, citrus, blackberry, bourbon barrel and noticible alcohol. Full, smooth mouthfeel, gentle carbonation. Missing something?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2008
On tap at Lost Abbey. Pours a murky brownish-amber with a beige head and decent lacing. Nose is yeast, spice, fruit and a touch of hops. Taste is sweet malts, ripe dark fruits, spicy yeast and brown sugar. The finish has a mellow citrus hop aftertaste. Medium creamy mouth feel. A little too sweet for my tastes but very well put together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2008
750, corked and baled, at Uber. Murky brown with light scattered gray rim and slight webby lace. Nice fruity sour brown nose. Cherries and strawberries there. Creamy medium body with subdued carb. Sweet, tart, fruity mid-palate. Clean, organized, easy-drinking. Delicious. Gives you sweet, sour, and savory, leaving you happy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Transferred from beeradvocate.com; converted as best as possible...

Look (3/5):
This has an uneventful, copper, and murky body; an amber-yellow highlight can show itself; the head is nice and condensed, light tan, and leaves little lacing.

Smell (4/5):
The aroma is interesting--sweet, clean, and spicy; the spice and aroma arrives and leaves at different moments--caramel apple, anise, nutmeg, pear... it presents itself differently at different times, and is especially different after the bottom of the bottle pours with the yeast...

Taste (3.5/5):
Well, it’s unoffensive, but I think average--caramel, apple, multi-grain bread, carvings of spice from the smell...

Mouthfeel (3.5/5):
This is smooth although it is a bit watery for what I expected.

Drinkability (4/5):
This is definitely drinkable.

Overall (3.55/B):
This beer is good. It is a festive strong ale that won’t disappoint unless you’re expecting fireworks.

Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 15, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2009 2008 - Way too young for this beer! Pours headless - but an amber flat headless. Nose is hops and more hops. No brett funk or anything. The flavor is awesome though, and I can see where this beer is going. Best to buy some and sit on it, as its not great now, but will be. UPDATE 1/12/09: This stuff is starting to carbonate and get a little funky. Good stuff now!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Bottle: Pours a misty bronze color with a nice puffy head and ample lacing. The nose is ripe and spicy with plenty of phenols and herbal woody hop and yeast ester notes. A bit too sweet for my liking in this style, I prefer a more dry and funky interpretation with a lower abv, this comes off more like a belgian strong dark with its body and sweetness. Lively mouthfeel and a citrusy phenolic finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 Based on Stines glowing recommendation the last time we discussed Lost Abbeys offerings, I was greatly looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, my sampling of the 2007 bottling seemed to be a bit of a mess. Intensely bready and malty aroma and flavor but with a cheese stale hint like something unintended had been living in the bottle. I look forward to sampling the 2008 vintage soon enough. 5/3/4/3/12 Ok, on to the 2008 vintage. A murky brown pour with faint rings of head. Hops and mild dark fruits mixed in with a faintly yeasty aroma. Almost sherry like. Sadly, no brett yet... Candy sugar, dark pitted fruits, bitter hops, belgian yeast, and most importantly a brett funk on the very finish. Much better than last years Im pleased to say. 7/3/8/4/17

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2008
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malts, chocolate, and yeast. Poured amber in color with a small, off-white head. Hazy. Sparkling. Light to medium sweet flavor. Tastes of malts, alcohol, grains, and some caramel. Medium body. Dry, prickly texture. Lively carbonation. Malty, dry finish. Not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1360) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
bottle. thanks glkaiser. hazy thick pour with thin head. oak. bready aroma. fruity and rich. full body. old oak. nice.

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