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RATINGS: 691   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.


ACHops' rating

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (732) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2013
750 ml bottle poured into a small goblet. Pours reddish orange amber with medium thick head that lingers and laces nicely. Aroma is sweet, slightly tart malt with hints of Belgian yeast. Taste is big creamy bitter malt, with a rich fruity slightly tart flavor. Spice notes jump out on the finish. Though rich, I would guess well below 10% abv. This shows up a winter time but wouldn’t qualify as a winter beer by any normal standard. Quite a unique complement of tastes, I can’t recall ever having anything like this. Yet to taste a miss from these guys.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2455) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Burnt orange pour with an off white head. Caramel malt aromas. Lots of spices and huge caramel malt aromas. Good body and mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (3947) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: SMÖF 2014.
Appearance: Hazy brown colour with a thick large off-white head.
Aroma: Fruit, malt, caramel, spices, yeast, some alcohol.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, spices, hops, grass, sweet malt, alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (1146) - NORWAY - NOV 9, 2014
From bottle at DSJT at Cardinal 09.11.14. Hazy dark orange. Foamy, dense and persistent beige head and lacing. Fine Belgian aroma with orange marmelade and overripe fruits. Well-balanced taste with sweet dried fruits.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (1057) - Nevada, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Clear amber with a light tan foam. Traditional and floral hop aroma is apparent with just a light malt aroma. Initially sweet with a little brett character, but then heaps of bitterness and spice. No residual sweetness here.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2433) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2014
10/16/2014. On tap at the brewery. Light brown with a tan head, Malty, caramel, spicy and hints of Brett. Complex, balanced, spicy and just enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"compared to the only other Biere De Garde I’ve ever had, also a lost Abbey (Avant Garde), this was was bigger, hoppier, maltier, heavier, tastier, and just way more complex. The Bret was there, but not predominant. That’s what I ended up liking the most from this beer, the equal parts malty sweetness, hop bite, funky yeast, and alcohol kick...which was definitely there at 10%. This may be the barleywine of beire de gardes. poured a cloudy dark orange color, similar to some West Coast Barleys with the exception of the hughe amounts of yeast on the bottom of the bottle, with a very thin white head. The aroma is hoppier than the taste, although you still get some malt and fruit/spice from the yeast...and alcohol. the flavor is full and fairly complex...expertly balanced. Dry spicy hoppy lingering finish. Kind of an odd beer, but good nonetheless. May have to get another to age. This was an ’08 vintage."

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7954) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2014
Big bottle at Haket, Göteborg, on Saturday September 6, 2014. Storflaskelördag.
Hazy dark copper color, mixed colored head with tints of both dream and yellow to teal. Malty sweet, caramel, strawberry scent, some cheese. Malty sweet, caramel, toasty taste. Light burnt aftertaste, also alcohol. Warming aclohol. Fizzy growing mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Improves slightly when shaking most of the CO2 out of solution.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2125) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle @ Haket Pub. Reddish amber with a thick off white head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, exotic fruits amd hops. Full body with a nice, balanced finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sissio (687) - Orsenigo, ITALY - AUG 22, 2014
Hazy lightly cloudy deep copper orange, cream orange rich head. Caramel honey malts with red orange and just a hint of brettanomices, shortbread. Very balanced taste with oily palate. Rich caramel honey malts with a hint of shortbread biscuits, a bitter ending and a smooth bitter red orange aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (12961) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Golden yellow with big white head. Aroma of orange peel. Flavor of malt and orange, full bodied but not complex. Just OK.


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