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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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North Peak Blitzen is a Festivus Ale with raisin, current and berry notes attributed to Bramling Cross hops, 3 types of Crystal malts, Cara and Chocolate malt. A combination of citrus peel and citrus pith flavors are accented by the Hercules, Cascade and Pilgrim hops added throughout the boil. Riwakas’ subtle spiciness in combination with the crisp spiciness from the Rye malt liberates flavors reminiscent of savory holiday cakes. This is a well balanced, rich, Festivus Ale that will warm the palate and soul, awakening memories of holidays past. It is brewed in Traverse City, MI, on Old Mission Peninsula incorporating locally grown hops.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9638) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle. Earthy toffee malt and grass aroma. Hazy amber with moderate head. Sweet toffee malt and moderately bitter herbal lemon peel flavor. Nice body. Thankfully not a typical over-spiced mess.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Patrickctenchi (5451) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle: slightly hazy copper-amber with a large beige head. Spiced caramel, rye aroma. Rye malt, caramel malt, berry taste. A bit of woody bittering. It’s ok, but odd for the style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csaso (1896) - Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Bottle - average size foamy head, dark brown/Amber, sweet and holiday spice malt aroma and flavor, pretty smooth finish, pretty good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3551) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2016
12 ounce bottle at Magpie in Sacramento. Bottled 9/23/15. Aroma has mildly floral hop character present. A little roast and caramel sweetness, too. Transparent Amber body with a medium, eggshell head. Starts with a burnt, roasted malt flavor. Becomes a little dry and bitter with some tannic quality in the middle. Finishes with an earthy bitterness. Pretty straight forward. Not sure what makes this an Abbey dubbel, though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zymurgeist2 (1531) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle to glass. Caramel malt and slight candi sugar. Clear copper with off white head. Taste is malt and slight dark fruit. A little papery.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamAltnether (14) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2015
One of the more bitter xmas ales I've had in a while, which was refreshing. Spice notes a little muted, get a little dark chocolate in the back end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2747) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Looks good; a semi-transparent brown with very light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells malty with notes of dark fruit, rye, and a bit of citrus. Tastes like it smells with a bit of bread and a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Not bad

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ContemplateBeer (1879) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2015
12 oz. cute little bottle from Liquor Barn (Jefferson Commons); shared with Boo. Aroma: Definite spice cake/iced ginger cookie territory with some jammy fruitiness as well. Appearance: Unfiltered dark amber pour with a foamy tan head that settles into a skin. Flavor: Molasses meets ginger/nutmeg spice up front and spice sustains throughout; a little jam comes in towards the finish, which is abrupt. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, flat carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: A fine enough winter warmer, though it feels a bit overdone in spots.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4834) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2015
Nice little hand grenade bottle with a clean label. Tawny, ochre brew, clear. Sweetish (though the underlying malt gives me a dry impression at the end), tannic, spice bitter. Lingering allspice bitterness. My words fail me a bit - complex, not presumptuous, fairly deft. Mouthy, but it goes down without chewing. Sturdy, well done. ABC Liquors, Betton.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3723) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Pour is a clear brown with a large tan head. Aroma has some oily hops, caramel malt and a slight spice. Flavor is a bit of ripe red berries with a bit of toffe and caramel malts. Finish leaves a tart herbal note. This beer is has a super heavy mouthfeel but the malts impart a fruity holiday cake flavor. Decent winter warmer.


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