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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
RE-RATE: Had this head-to-head against Sam Adams Winter Brew at a tasting. Nice, subtle winter spices. Somewhat winelike, a tad bit acidic but nice! Well balanced malt/hops. Original rating 6/16/02: 7-5-5-3-10: Pretty head which sticks to the side of the glass as it dissipates. Quite malty, overly prominent woodiness in the flavor. A bit weak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5949) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Dark copper with foamy head and airy nose. Bitter coffee overtone. Smooth. Bland finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2577) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Bottle. Hazy amber color with a light tan head. The aroma has malts, citrus, spice, strong caramel, and grapefruit. The surprise from this beer is how light it is, but I found the spice and flavor to come through well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 25, 2002
From a brewery whose specialty beers (such as Rasputin, Pranqster, Old Stock Ale) rank among the finest in the country (but whose rank and file beers are indistinguishable swill). This one is a lightish interpretation of a Belgian strong ale. Presentation could be better, as the head is fairly tame and rapidly fades. The flavor is very good, featuring nutmeg, corriander, cinnamon, and a touch of yeasty-leatheriness. Body is a tad watery, especially as it warms. No one is going to confuse this with Rochefort 10, but it is an excellent introduction to Belgian big ales. Nice job, North Coast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 23, 2002
Alright brew. Seems like it got confused with trying to be a tripel and a spiced holiday beer. I love the winter brews but this year is a disappoint so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 2002 edition: bronze in color with a thick head of microscopic bubbles..aroma hurt me with yeasty banana coriander..owe..not as spicy as the aroma lets on..which is a good thing..but not much flavor at all IMO..might be too cold at the moment though..the spice is warped to subtleness, some hop bitterness hiding in the background..not all that bad..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Nice slightly malty aroma with a touch of caramel. Malty body, not too heavy...finishes a little dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2002
As I rank this I kept getting more and more out of it...I experienced the following: banana, corriander, yeast, spice, raisin, grapes and alcohol. It was like a cross between a spicy belgian and a good wheat beer....interesting!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 13, 2002
I was actually making an attempt to like this more than I did. I like North Coast quite a bit, but while this one has a nice mouth feel and malt character, it just didn’t come together for me. Think it has to do with the type of malt used. Leaves a metallic aftertaste and something sharp that I can’t quite decipher. Guess I’ll head back to the Red Seal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 6, 2002
2002 version Medium brown color, small head. Aroma is malty, sweet and spicy (nutmeg?). A lighter bodied winter beer. Mild malts are spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon and coriander and ??. Starts out sweet and mellows to a spicy, slightly hoppy bitterness. Flavor is a little light for a winter beer, and its a little thin tasting, but there is something I like about this beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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