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RATINGS: 1352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 25, 2004
2004 bottle: Very light aroma of malts and spice. Thick and stubborn head that does not settle down for quite some time. Color is a dark amber red with dense brown tint. As the back label suggests to be served after dinner at 60 degrees fahrenheit, i have let it warm up a bit after a fine christmas dinner. The thyme and other malt spices such as: cinnamon, allspice, and clove are clearly present. On the aftertaste flavor, the orange peels become more noticeable along with a purple grape sourness. I would imagine after a couple years of cellaring this ale will be even more better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2004
2004 Bottle. Crisp hoppy spicy yeasty aroma. Dark tawney appearance with full off-white head. Fruitcake, gingerbread flavor with fruity apricot , cherry and orange flavors with pleasant warming alcohol. Lingering spicy finish. Excelent Winter warmer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (978) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Limited edition 2003 green bomber (750 ml.) with no cork. The poured beer was dark red in color with large billowing beige head, and nice lace. The aroma was cherries, clove, brown sugar, and warm spices. The taste was tart-sweet (apples, cherries, pear) with a spicy (ginger, clove, nutmeg) kick. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, but was enhanced by explosive latent carbonation. This is quite a warmer due to the inherent alcoholic strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11155) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
Mahogany leather cloured ale with off-white head. Semi sweet spiced aroma with yeast . Orange peels and coriander, with smooth alcohol. Nice balance of spices and alcohol. Nov. 28 2004 at MartinT.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Tap, ANDY’S; Poured dark ed burgundy /brown. Fruity malty aroma, maybe raisin. First sip was sweet , but the alcohol kicked in. A rariy to find this on tap. Very nice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Very malty and toffeeish Belgian "Christmas Beer" with some nice fruity hints too. A bit too sweet and alcoholic for me though. Rerate: I definately underrated this beer at 3.5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4826) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2004
Aroma consists of dark malts, fruit and anice. Bit bready and some yeast. Dark brown coloured with a lasting, off-white head. Taste is sweet, malty, anice again. Some bread. Balanced taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2004
Really n’ice la Chouffe!. Dark red colour, nice aroma with a fruity smell. Interesting and pleasant malty taste with a fruity taste. Nice aftertaste with good palate. A very fine nutty aftertaste, not very heavy like you would expect from a 10%’ er. Drank it from the bottle. One to have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4608) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
2003 Vintage; Tasted December 6, 2004; Rating #1000 Dark reddish/black color with a medium head. Bready aroma with a hint of fruit, possibly cherry. Solid malt body with a touch of winter spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe ginger). A little dash of herbs are there too, but not to the extent as, say Rochefort 10. The alcohol is not particularly well hidden. Ralph says: "It tastes like burning!" Still, a damn fine brew and a good one to celebrate 1000 with!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Dark Dark Red Coloring With Brown/Sandy Bubbly Head. Fruity..Bread Dough Aroma... Malt Flavor...Fruit, Bread Dough...A Little Harsh on The Winter Spices...Ends Dry on the Back of Your Throat. Certainly Enjoyable...But Not One I’d Run Back For Again.

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