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RATINGS: 1375   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
A dark brown, fruity, lightly hoppy, sparkling, strong beer and is not pasteurized.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (24491) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle. Clear brown coloured with a huge off white head. Aroma of dried fruits, yeast and spices. Flavour of dried fruits, yeast, alcohol and spices. Too alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (8980) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2006
Bottle. Deep red colour with a white head. Aroma of malt, spice and caramel as well as flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle from the Blue Max. Big notes of what semed like cinnamon and allspice,maybe? Had a flavor not unlike Grandma’s homemade spicecake. Some apple fruitiness combined with a hint of holiday spices.Alcohol was well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Dull gold murky appearance – nice white head white however, the head does not last long– nose is malty , prunes , raisins , cereals , and oats , caramel , musty , and moldy very sharp – medium sweet sparkly body – initial taste is sweet then turns acidic, and malt , dried prunes , citrus flavor - aftertaste is medium with a creamy, acidic and roasted malts *2003 edition*

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stefano (1913) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 Dark raisen in color, creamy malt head. Smells of wine and sweet prunes. Tastes peppry, with notes of leather and fruit. Finishes clean with little after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours a brown with a fluffy tan head. Berry fruit aroma. To taste caramel and berries, spicy yeast in the background. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2724) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2006
It is absolutely freezing here in west Oz so what better beer for choice upon the season than a winter warmer. From the bottle into a La Chouffe tulip. Chestnut tinged, ruby red body, bright, sparkling and very well conditioned in a showing from its minute, wispy, streaming carbonation. Head rose up the flue in typically good Chouffe fashion to set an inch and a half thick and drabbed its way down the glass well as I drank. Big, deep, dark malts lurk in the aroma under some strong, sweet toffee and candi-apple notes. Nice trickle of Merlot in there gives it a vinous quality and it has a little volatile alcohol shining through that gives it a pleasant warming, wintry depth. Heavily woody and spicy in the mouth, nicely herbal with a good balance of sweetness to not leave it too dry. There is cloves, cinnamon quills, turmeric and a hairs breadth of lighter drier spices like warming nutmeg. It is vinous as well; nice strong showing of fermented plums, bitter black currents and dry red wine. It’s body is not overly big, but it has a haunting presence in the mouth, only prickly in carbonation. Finish shows a lot of alcohol and phenolic spice, as it should with the qualities of the palate. It is warming, mellowing and dry, leaving a feint film on the palate (?). Plums begin to dominate as it warms but it doesn’t lose its bite. It’s nice, but not extraordinary. Heavily alcoholic, herbal and warming, it suits its style!. Not too bad at all. (75cL, 2009, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Pours a cloudy red brown with a two finger creamy beige head. Aroma of graham crackers, dust, powdered sugar, plums, raisins, cherries, and earthy hops. The taste shows the 10% ABV better than the aroma, though still doesn’t taste as strong as it is. Flavor is the same as the aroma with the addition of the thyme and misc spices--which isn’t terribly strong, though does complement the other flavors quite well. Highly carbonated, medium bodied. This actually sort of reminds me of a dubbel--especially the St. Feuillien Brune--only more alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Pours deep red with a large beige head. Malty, sweet aroma, with lots of sugar (candy and brown), some caramel, and a unique berry-ish smell. Only a hint of thyme and orange peel. The spices assert themselves a bit more in the flavor. Big fruity taste, with the usual dark fruits as well as a touch of sweet orange or peach. Ends on a bit of earthiness. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2006
2004. Pours a clear garnet color producing a huge, fluffy, pillowy beige head which maintains itself nicely throughout the glass. Thick lacing adheres to the sides of the chalice. Aroma is sweet, fruity and complex with notes of brown sugar, malt, black cherry, raisin, orange peel and various spices. Delivers a fantastic mouthfeel with lots of lively carbonation combined with a pleasant creamy smoothness due to the hefty body. Flavors also very complex. Starts out with sweet notes of brown sugar, caramel, ripe fruits (cherries, apples, oranges) and then slides into a mildly bitter peppery spiciness (coriander and thyme are definitely perceived) with a dash of warming alcohol in the finish. Would be a great beer for the fireside in the winter. A good excuse to go buy and cellar some more!!

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