McKenzie Biere d’Hiver
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
A winter ale brewed in the French farmhouse style with three grains, honey, candi sugar and spices. Gently hopped and pleasantly malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
11th October 2008. GABF. Presented as a ’Winter Biere De Garde’. Clear amber beer. Crisp palate. The flavours are difficult to pin down but this beer is well balanced and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4594) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Amber in color with a good sized off white head. Aroma is of spices, malt and grain. Taste is of hops, spices and grain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
OldMrCrow (2406) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle via DocLock.

Lots of pressure in there, cork is soaked top to bottom when I remove the cap and the beer spits and fizzles away when I release the pressure with a two-tined opener (can’t actually get the cork out that way; this requires a corkscrew.)

Slightly sweet, molassy beer with a huge foamy head, some spices and a rye-like flavor, resembling nothing so much as someone’s bad high-gravity, low hop homebrew. I simply couldn’t bring myself to drink it, but fortunately there’s a Bigfoot ’09 on deck. I’m disappointed with this one, because I had (perhaps irrationally) high hopes for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4850) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Smell is caramel, malty, spices, and dried fruit. Look is amber to red in color with light tan head. Taste is malty, some alcohol, caramel, stickiness, and a medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2008
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of nuts, mustiness, toasted crackers, honey, and cat food. Flavor of candi sugar, lightly toasted grain, dried dark fruits, and some honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2712) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Amber honey colored pour with a small white head. Nose is golden delicious apples, honey, and alcohol. Tastes like honeyed apples too. Dry carbonated finish that leaves layers of caramel and candi sugar in your mouth. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with an off-white foamy head that leaves decent lacing. Hazy amber body. Aroma of caramel, berries, honey, toast and a bit of diacetyl. Taste is sweet with a bit of pepper and caramel a fair amount of diacetyl and some DMS. Dry with lively carbonation and obvious alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5248) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2008
2007 bottle from bu11zeye. deep amber pour with no head. yeast, earth, spices and molasses on the nose. nice thickness with a unique flavor or oak, spices and musky yeast. slight alcohol warm on the way down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
As cold as I got this one it still gushed a little. I liked the richness and spice of this. The body was really nice and had nice head retention and quite a bit of carbonation but was not too much. Very sweet and malty almost a touch of maolasses. Saison type spice for me but a little more bite at the end like rye or clove. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2008
(750ml bottle, thanks kmweaver) Cloudy amber body topped by medium body that mostly dissipates. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some honey, light hay. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, pepper, some honey. Fairly dry finish. Medium-full body, some stickiness, effervescence.

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