JMerritt (1926) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Piece Pizza on Festivus morning (that’s December 23 for you heathens). Dark chocolate brown in color with a big, tan head. Ripened fruit aroma: plums & dates along with cinnamon, piney/herbally hops, and alcohol. Chewey flavor, chocolate malts, toffee, and caramel. Slightly doughy, sour finish. Lively carbonated, slightly distracting, but not overly so. A fine Christmas (I mean Festivus!) beer.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 2005 vintage served from a brown growler. Hazy amber hued ale having a small diminishing tan head with spare lacing. No discernable carbonation. Sweet malt aroma. Medium bodied that starts with light sweet malt, toffee, and fruity (green apple and pineapple?) flavors. Finishes with light malt aftertaste. This is a decent drinkable winter brew.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Served in a tulip glass. Mild aromas of prunes, ginger and cocoa. The taste follows with with dark fruits and hints of spicy smoke. Pretty good.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong aroma of cloves and nutmeg. Yeasty tartness and caramel/toffee malt with a decent shot of citrus hopping to bitter it up. I liked this one, despite having the worst service of my life in any establishment in history the last time I was here!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep opaque, purple with a dark, slightly fluffy tan head. The aroma is malty sweet and moderately spicy. Caramel, chocolate, clove, grains of paradise, raisin, ginger and some ripe apple esters. The hops come out much more as the beer warms. The body is full and smooth with soft carbonation, one of the better mouthfeels, in my opinion. The sweet malt is fairly dominate, yet the warm alcohol and spice heat up the end, meshing with the hops to create a fairly bitter ending. Some Belgian-esque character from the yeast and malt with fairly Americanized liberal spicing. A pretty tasty and drinkable holiday beer. Something I would only drink one of per session, but not terrible.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light brown and tan headed with a yeasty aroma backed by earthy & herbal hop scents. The flavor is sweet caramel with a peppery spiciness and is fairly bitter from the hops, leaving a lingering bitter finish. An odd kind of a Beligian Ale, but a decent enough brew.
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austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ahh...a spiced holiday ale! Very interesting and possessing a little more complexity of flavors than Piece's other beers. Surprising is the level of hoppiness, but the spices (pepper, cloves) are to be expected. Give Piece some credit that you can actually taste some spice in this - many brewers are too stingy with such ingredients. Tad chewy.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught [2003 version]: dark red amber, wonderfully creamy off white, tight-bubbled foam. A bright, yeasty effervescence full of green apples, grain and cloves. The strong yeast in the aroma transforms into a large spiciness on the tongue - fresh cracked pepper, more cloves. . . a tasty grainy malt comes into play at the end, adding something special to an interesting brew. . . there are also some interesting fruits in the finish: red apples, some sort of citrus, maybe an apricot, and something bitter - honey? Also had a wonderful tingly mouth-feel and though it was served close to freezing, warmed into a charming brew.
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nicely done. A bit flat- not enough yeast? I don’t know. A little more hops than most Belgians.