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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Winter   ABV: -
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Piece's non-denominational holiday beer. It's a Belgian ale, reddish brown in color with hints of cloves, nuts, and fruit skin. No spices were used in this beer - all the flavors were produced naturally by this unique yeast.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2008
draft at the brewpub. i didnt pay a ton of attention to this because my date didnt get another drink so i kinda wanted to just down it as quickly as possible. plus i thought i had previously rated it. i kinda thought it was a spicy belgian dubbel. definitely had some chocolate character under it all, then spices over it. alcohol was pretty evident. very sugary, very carbonated, very light in body. OK.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2220) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
This has got to be a BSA. It is somewhere between 10-12 % abv. Medium sized creamy creme colored head sits atop a dark mahogany body. Nice lacing. Nose is banana, dark candi sugar, and spice. Taste is the same. Mouthfeel is moderate and lightly carbonated. Finish is medium to long. Feels pretty run of the mill, I dont get much complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2008
I drank this beer for the rest of us.. at Piece. Poured a deep, healthy brown with a short-lived cap of beige head. The aroma picked up chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits with more than ample spicage.. dark overall and very seductive.. more chocolate emerged with warmth. The flavor had floral bitterness and peppery spicage over a sweet caramel, molasses, and chocolatey base.. spicy, warm finish.. very good! Thick and spicy on the palate with nice balance and some warmth at the end. Good one!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2008
When this was delivered I got excited, smelled and looked like a winner. Unfortunetly the taste wasnt what I was hoping for. Maybe a little too sharp, and the balance of nutty spiciness didnt work for me. Not bad stuff, but I will be sticking to the wheat beers when I come back.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2007
on tap at piece, pours reddish brown with white head. nose of cloves and dark fruits. flavor is malty with tobacco and caramel while being nicely spiced of cloves. smooth mouth feel. exactly what an ideal christmas beer is, dark spiced belgian ale, creamy and extremely drinkable. no spices used in this beer? wow, i canít believe it. perhaps a blend of belgian and weizen yeast. iíd love to drink a few of these and air the grievences for a while. iíve got a lot of problems with you people and now is the time you hear them!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
llyons37 (23) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Too strong of a beer to take a growler home! Aside from that disappointment, I did enjoy a sample of this brew. Winter ale type flavor, a little cinnamon.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2007
An interesting brew from Piece. A very dark brown beer, interesting for a Belgian. Hints of cloves and not overpowering at all. I enjoyed it. Festivus for the rest of us.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyAle (6) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2007 does not count
Released today on tap. Some of the subtle characteristics Iím sure will in time become more pronounced. Aroma of clove and the usual Belgian suspects, a malty chocolate following, and a truly faint citrusy hop; some alcohol as it warms up. Appears garnet with light, but a dark chocolate to black in the dimmer lighting. So many things going on in the mouth (ifyaknowhatimean), fruity esters, woody textures, chocolate malt, dates with prunes and such. Nice dry finish after the flavor assault, which still coats the entire mouth, and it lacks zero body. All in all I just liked it alot for what it was and would like to see what more it becomes!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2007
#996, On tap at the brewery at the Jan 2007 Chicago Area Gathering. Hazy brown with thin brown head. Easily agrivated. Carbonated well. Nose is strong malt profile. Taste is sweet with lots of yeast and malts and some prunes with some roasted wood. Just a bit of cream.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2188) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Draught at brewery. With the 10th rating, I get to put this brew on the map. Firstly, Iíd like to say that it is underrated. I didnít know what style this was when I rated it, but detected some Belgian yeast. I also noticed some wheat/banana notes in the nose, otherwise, the aroma was fairly faint. Piece apparently specializes in heavily hopped ales and in wheat beers. As such, it shouldnít be much of a surprise to have a Belgian ale with some wheat character. Fully opaque body with a thin, light tan head. Initial mouthfeel is a little unfocused and alcoholic. This is a nice brew; warming. I chose well.


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