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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Winter   ABV: -
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12704) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
A dark reddish copper ale with a thin dark mocha head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with fruity notes, dark fruits, light molasses, pine trees, interesting. In mouth, a sweet dark fruity malt with plums, molasses, light woody notes, burned caramel, licorice in finale, nice. On tap at brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9935) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a cloudy dark brown with a red hue and a light brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had sweet grain, some nuttiness, a nice spice note and a bit of light fruit. Flavor was similar complex with some sweet grains joined by light fruit and spices with a bit of nuttiness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7507) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - 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 can’t believe it. perhaps a blend of belgian and weizen yeast. i’d love to drink a few of these and air the grievences for a while. i’ve got a lot of problems with you people and now is the time you hear them!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Growler. Poured a slightly hazy dark brown color with orange light shining through. The head was light tan. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with a hint of warming alcohol. There were elements of brown sugar, clove, and subdued chocolate accented by a dash of cinnamon and a splash of red wine. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Draft at Piece. Pours a ruddy, hazy brown with reddish tinges. Nose is muted, though I do get pleasant cloviness and stone fruit, mild roastiness as well. On taste, pretty pleasant with a very dubbel type character, roasted and dark crystal malts at the forefront with a nice soft body. plums are in there as well. Pretty tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
tap at piece... dark brown, almost porter-like in appearance with a thin light brown head... aroma of dark fruit, fig, dates, and even some black licorice and brown sugar... dark fruit, rather sweet without much of any assertive spices. pretty drinkable with low carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2699) - Arlington, Virginia, 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.

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