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RATINGS: 738   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Bottle. Itís been a couple weeks now since this showed up at my door. I had pondered holding both bottles for a while but aspidites insisted that I pull one so I could try it fresh and enjoy the dry hopping, heís never steered me wrong with anything beer related so what could I do? The pour is murky and burnt copper in color with a persistent ivory head. The aroma is primarily malt and yeast with a sort of musty orange note. Bright hop character in the flavor with a nice brettiness not unlike a fresh Orval. I like where this is going... The malt sweetness is very subdued and I refuse to believe the alcohol is 9.5 %, thereís only a touch in there. Everything seems to be balanced in this beer but its seems to be delicately balanced, if that makes any sense. If I were one to believe in tag lines for beer, Iíd call this one the chandelier of beers. Thereís also slight stone fruit notes. I donít get the scores on this one; I think itís awesome! To each their own, I guess. You canít argue with anyoneís palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3780) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Pours a hazy golden orange from the bomber with fluffy off-white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of big spice notes and Belgian esters over a hint of oxidized malts. Taste follows with less of the oxidation and more of the spice. Bubbly carbonation, booze is balanced, solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (6673) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Hazy amber under a thick light beige foamy head. Lovely Belgian Christmas ale tones of cranberries, figs, dates and a little piney citrus. Full palate with a keen orange peel and Belgian Amber malt, a wee touch of mulling spices and just the tiniest bit of red wine. Boozy belgish dusty malty fruity finish, and a light bretty funk throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1641) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Orange-brown pour, small off-white head. Aroma of raisins and fruit. Flavor of prune, raisins, figs, spices, fruit and booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jw0406 (1050) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2016
22 oz bottle pours a dark amber color with a small white head. Aromas of raisins, plums, dark fruits, belgian yeast. Full bodied, a nice big beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1992) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2016
On tap, donít remember where. Pour is slightly hazy amber with a medium white head. Aroma and flavor of dark fruit, spice, and doughy grain. Finish is spice with a hint of booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3078) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2016
The aroma is raisin, fruit, yeast. The appearance is deep, clear amber, off white head. The flavor is sweet, fruity, raisins, plum, yeast, pine The finish is yeast, chalky, spicy, light pine hops. Medium in body Nice overall, a tad weak on the aroma. Maybe because this was overaged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (782) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2016
750 ml corked and caged, vintage stamped on neck, but itís smudged.
Aroma is fruity, raisin, honey, toffee, floral hops.
Flavor is sweet, raisin, fig, spicy hops. Alcohol is hidden well. Bought from the seasonal markdown shelf at Total Wine. Since it is a Christmas themed beer, and it was after Christmas, I got it for $3.99. Easily the best buy of the year so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerowulf (83) - , Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Raisins and a slight plum taste. Very smooth. 1 finger head upon pour into Trappist glass. Alcohol, as prev noted by others, very well hidden. A fantastic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuedmaster (345) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2016
This bottle has an abv of 12%. Pour is cloudy reddish amber with a slight white head and no lacing, nice unusual color. Aroma of raisin, plum, caramel, honey, and earth. Nice balance of flavors, fruity but not too sweet, has a medium noble hop bitterness, full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, lingering fruity finish. The alcohol is well hidden. Very good for the price ($9.99 at The Boulevard Liquor). The promo text/deScription on the bottle is kind of cheesy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (1034) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle. Murky amber pour. Nice fruity and candy notes. Very nicely balanced, quite tasty. Really delicious.

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