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RATINGS: 1352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A dark brown, fruity, lightly hoppy, sparkling, strong beer and is not pasteurized.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Very very malty and spiced well. Wonderful brown sugar and toffee, and actually there is some roast evident but it is extremely faint. Taste almost like an eisboch but with many more spicey notes. Sour apple dominates the nose, some prune on the swallow. Very nice indeed, and it leaves a beautiful thick lacing of tan all over the glass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 75 cl bottle. Dark brown color. Beige head. Sweet (almost too much), fruity, caramel, alcohol. Dry finish. Balanced. Not very complex, but one of the best xmas-beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (6523) - ITALY - DEC 13, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 scura schiuma media color cappuccino sentori fruttati e floreali in bocca morbida tendente al dolce ma non stucchevole aroma di arancio amaro si lascia bere facilmente nonostante i suoi dieci grqadi invecchiata un anno risulta più secca

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2007
750 ML Bottle-Dark Brown color w/a slight tan head. Sweet spicy aroma. Flavors were that of a classic dark belgian w/traces of molasis, cane sugar, toffee, & dark fruit, but it also had a floral hop presence & traces of yeast & spice. This was a good winter warming beer on a chilly night w/a cigar. Somewhat complex w/a long spicy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredjaz (112) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2007
A nice beer to sip on a chilly winter night. Complex spicy flavors expected in a Christmas brew mixed with lots of citrus candy sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8324) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2007
On tap at Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant 07-12-07 Poured very dark brown with a tan head. Quite sweet and intially very heavy tasting brew, I really liked this beer but found that it could be a tad tiring after a while, nice sticky fruits, very warming, and excellent for the winter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2824) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Bottle(2006) from Whole Foods. Dark maroon color upon pouring. Sweet dark fruity aroma. Some raisin and fig. Fruity sweet flavor. Some yeastiness. Some roasted malty goodness as well. Good quality winter brew. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
armando629 (2448) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 This is the beer for winter! Full bodied and creamy, dark red-brown colored one with some delicious sediment in the body, a creamy tan head. Fruity and fine spicy-herbal thyme in the aroma, toasted grains. Complex body, fruity flavor with the herbal thyma again.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
goozen (3383) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle 0,75ltr: Dark brown winterwarmer with a great dried fruits taste and the knownweel spices.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2007
"06 bottle. Pours mahogany with a small bubbly tan head. Pleasant, although light, aroma of orange zest, a bit of raisin, just a hint of alcohol, and an earthy/spicy overtone. Flavor is much richer and maltier than expected. A bit of creamy milk chocolate right up front that leads into raisin and candied plum notes, as well as just a hint of blackberries. Just enough earthy spices throughout, and a very nice undertone of orange juice/zest and dark candy sugar make a fairly strong appearance towards the finish. Palate is full, creamy, a bit spicy, and just a little alcoholic. Well balanced and unique, kind of reminds me of fantome de noel, only much better.


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