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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1572) - Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2011
There’s a touch of sweet aroma, with some pine hops in the background. It pours a clear, dark ruby red, with a full off-white head. The rye comes forward in the beginning of the taste, blending well with some dark fruit notes in the finish. This is a nice, surprisingly good sipping beer for a cool evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4781) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3649) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (936) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Descent. Has a descent aroma but the taste lingers for a bit to long. Still not the biggest fan of north peak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (5015) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2015
It pours reddish bronze with a large tan head. The aroma has spice, bread, crackers brown sugar and Belgian yeast. It has a fairly crisp body with some girth and a good amount of carbonation. The taste starts with dry malt, astringency dates and Abbey ale yeast. The finish is highly astringent with minerals and sulfur. Doesn’t do much for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6539) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 12 oz stubby bottle. Pours a slightly murky light brown, faint, but persistent eggshell colored head. Aroma has some Christmas spice accents, some dough-like accents, a touch of nuttiness. Full bodied flavor with some Christmas spice nuts, nutmeg perhaps, a touch of chocolate, some dates and raisins. Mouthfeel has a pleasant thickness to it, Probably the best I have had from North Peak,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (10050) - Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2015
340clish stubby bottle. Amber pour. bit oxidized, pretty decent amerodubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (3171) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 15, 2015
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear brown with a tan head, streaks of lace. Taste is slightly bitter rye malt that is followed by toffee and light spice on the swallow, only to have the rye bitter return in the finish. An interesting and palatable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finhead (1435) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Deep brown pour with a frothy, tan head. The aroma has citrus notes and mild chocolate. It has a medium body with sticky texture and average carbonation. The taste is bittersweet with a dry, roasted finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1148) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
somehow listed currently as a Dubbel but i suppose there isn’t any single way to characterize this beer as an individual style. dark amber with a curiously large number of aromas: hops, allspice/clove/nutmeg, toast, raisin and others. It’s surprisingly not as heavy as many christmas ales - all in all, this brew has left me entirely confused as to how it should even be considered, based on its presentation. it’s tasty and unique, so perhaps that’s enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1872) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2014
draft that poured a medium to dark brown color no real head. the aroma was straight up like a brown ale or nut brown with a hint of spice and chocolate. nothing offensive at all the flavor for a Christmas was just a run of the norm but not bad either. wishing the body was a little more dense. it was on the watery side. lots of little flavors throughout the glass but seem pushed together versus blended. again not offensive just run of the mill.

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