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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Ale brewed with honey and spices.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hershiser2 (1447) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle: $2.20 from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours very pale yellow with only the hint of a head. Smells of skunk, grass, honey, and ginger. Taste of sweet honey, grasses, and burnt ginger... leaves an off aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DCLawyer (1866) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle to stem. Slightly hazy pale gold with bare white head. A: grains, spice, honey. T: spices with strong coriander, grass. This is a mess. Yeck.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hombrepalo (1956) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2015
4oz pour at Rattle N Hum NY. Pours a pale golden orange, thin white head. Aroma is honey, Belgian yeast, sugar, apricot, booze. Flavor is sweet malt, honey, Belgian yeast, clove.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a very pale straw color - weíre practically talking light beer territory. The head is impressive, though; at three fingers high with good retention and a creamy texture, it really creates an aesthetically pleasing brew. Some patches of lacing are left behind, which is somewhat unusual for a BSPA. S: Holy freaking spices. Not just the usual suspects - i.e. coriander and cinnamon - but also notes like oregano, black pepper, ginger, and thyme. Itís the coriander, in particular, thatís striking me the hardest. There isnít much of anything when it comes to malts or esters: their neutrality seems to suggest a desire of showcasing the spicing more than anything. Certainly an interesting nose, if not a great one. T: To the surprise of no one with a working nose, the flavor is spicy as well. Just a hint of malt sweetness opens it up, before the spice profile comes down like a damn hammer. Coriander, ginger, cinnamon, oregano, you name it, itís here. Itís strong enough to give the finish a surprising bitterness. What ultimately rules, however, are the honey notes suddenly appearing. A reasonably good brew that could use a bit more balance. M: Doesnít seem to have the dryness or zesty carbonation of a typical BSPA. The honey really comes through on the feel: it gives both a lingering sweetness and a building dryness. It is pretty drinkable for nearly 8%, then again, it freaking SHOULD be. O: Interesting. While itís ultimately too sweet to really succeed as a BSPA, it does do a decent job of showcasing the spices. A few tweaks will make this one really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBoxer (2457) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Draft at Clinton hall. Pours a light crisp color. Too sweet for its own being. Not bad but don't see how it's a Christmas ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenDV138 (3534) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Mostly clear straw to golden yellow with super tiny bits of sediment and a finger of off-white head. Aromas of herbs and spices, lemon lime citrus, honey. Almost like an herbal lemon tea. Tastes of big herbs, spices, lemon lime, honey, light floral notes. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kdhittel (82) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Draft at Farmers, Fishers and Bakers. Pours golden straw with a nice white head. Slightly sweet honey note to start with lots of coriander on the somewhat bitter finish. Growing on me as I go, or is that the alcohol? Good winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (4616) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle. Pours a clear pale orange gold with a white head. Banana and coriander aromas. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jaishen (2) - - SEP 13, 2014 does not count
Who turns down a free beer. Nonetheless, despite hints of citrus, herbs, and very light roasted malt, thereís not much here. Itís definitely a smooth swallow but at over 225 calories, is it really worth the extra time on the treadmill?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
solidfunk (5470) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2014
A lot of random elements in this. Pours cloudy orange/yellow with decent head and lacing. Nutmeg, ginger and booze in aroma. Finishes sweet. Kind of reminds me of the kind of bad Christmas candies relatives bring you back from holidays in Germany or Austria. Tap at Black Squirrel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gsmitty80 (2028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2014
I thought this was a nice winter warmer. Spice was not too much and the honey gave it a good alcohol percentage and warmth.

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