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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Year-old bottle, cellared Christmas 2007 and enjoyed Christmastime 2008.

Opens with a faint puff of air and pours a rich coppery caramel with a nice head and big lacing. More pineapple in the aroma than I have seen in almost any other beer, sweet belgian notes, spicy pungency. Still tons of citric hops remaining after a year, pretty mild brett profile. Honey and bready malts, spicy, plenty of tropical fruit. Thick and oily mouthfeel, pretty hot from the alcohol. Curious beer indeed, but entirely enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2008
08 Bottle...murky brown in color with no head. Nose is big on ripe apple, fresh mint, belgian sugar and a bit of roasted malts...medium body. Flavor consists mainly of mixed fruits, apples, caramel malt and some spiced accents. Decent but a bit of a letdown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokephibroke (310) - Mead, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2008
malty, think, spicy, roasty. Looks nice, copper small head, smells rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Thanks to Tom for sharing. Wacky brew. Funky, spicy nose. Notes of cinnamon, brett, cloves, honey, farmhouse, barnyard, grass and pine. The taste is dry as a bone with tons of spice and funk from the brett. The alcohol is decently hidden as well. Pretty damned good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark amber with off-white head. Some lacing. Aroma is essentially floral hops and spices. Flavor is similar. No brett is detected in this despite what it says. Nevertheless, the spice character does give this beer something unique. This is a good beer, just not what I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2008
750mL bottle courtesy of KingG poured into a snifter. I couldnt think of a more fitting beer to drink on Christmas Eve than this one. Pours hazy amber with strong orange hints when held up to light. The head is off-white and fairly large, receding to a ring quickly and leaving only traces of lacing. The aroma is a curious mix of toasted malts, spices and some sweet fruits. The breadiness of the malts is probably the most dominant with the spices playing a supporting role. There are citrus hops in the nose as well. The taste doesnt have quite the sweetness that I detected in the aroma, with the toasted malts really dominating the taste. The finish is definitely dry and some interesting spices as well, presumably the frankincense and myrrh, though I doubt I could identify those spices anyway. I didnt get as much of the hops in the taste. This mouthfeel is well-carbonated and very dry with a spiciness that zings the tongue throughout the finish. Another interesting and tasty brew from Lost Abbey, though I wouldnt put it near the top of my LA list. The spices really throw a unique twist into the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RSRIZZO (1949) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle 2008 vintage. Color is a deep copper with very light carbonation and a thin tight ring for a head. Aroma is sweet with caramel and citrus. Taste is citrusy and rich. Starting with a full medium body it goes down with a crisp feel. Finish comes in rich with an oak like taste that has a hint of vanilla then a bold hop citrus rolls in with a mellow bitterness. After taste is a rich feel with more citrus. Its a little too citric for me but it hides the alcohol very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 24, 2008
750 pours a lightly hazy deep golden amber with a medium bubbly lightly creamy off white head. Aroma of floral, caramel malt, citrus notes, perfume, candy sugar, orange peel, dark fruits, light alcohol and a touch of bretty barnyard. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, moderate hop bitterness, floral, honey, orange peel, Belgian yeast esters, hop flavor, bitterness kind of coats the tongue, light alcohol and a touch of brett.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Pours a transparent deep amber bronze with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet toasty caramel malts with some orange peel spice and a touch of earthy hops. Starts with good fullness and true to style toasty malty sweetness with a light citric spice balance before a more bitter and dry, crisp finish. An interesting and enjoyable holiday brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 2010 Vintage Bottle at Jerry’s. Hazy caramel with still big, flotsam beige head / Sweet, winey, candied nose / Medium body, delicate, somewhat sweet & syrupy, but dry in the middle and finish with excellent hopping, and lightly bitter, lightly hot, finish / Flavors of caramel, sherry, nuts, peach, orange peel, dry hops, cinnamon, nutmeg, touch of funk / Outstanding, of course.

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