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Red Hill Christmas Ale

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Brewed by Red Hill Brewery
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Red Hill, VIC, Australia

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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Strong Belgian Ale, deep orange in colour with a lasting creamy head, spicy hop aroma from our own Hallertau and Tettnanger hop flowers, and a complex malty finish. Brewed with almost religious fervour with extra long maturation, dry hopped in serving tanks mean this one will continue to develop till we run out. Great Gift.... Only available in December.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (2792) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Tasting at omhper 20140516.
Appearance: Hazy light brown colour with a small white head.
Aroma: Citrus, spices, fruit, caramel.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Spices, malt, caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19185) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2014
Bottled. Hazy amber, small head. Fruity caramelly nose. M7d sweet, medium body, rounded mouthfeel. Sweet caramel, grass, notes of lingonberry. Mid bitter finish. Mildly warming.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niksko (305) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2013
Pours a burnt orange with a little fine off white head. Nose is very Belgian in character. Some orange blossom, clove and honey. Flavor is some orange, toffee, caramel, and a slightly sweet, spicy finish. Medium body with low carbonation. Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1412) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2012
An elegant, ridiculously quaffable strong Belgian ale. Carries its 8.3% abv very easily. Muddy orange in colour with a loose skin of suds. Subdued citrus nose - limes, tangerine, perhaps some nutmeg/Chistmasy spices. Low carbonation, creating a fairly oily mouthfeel that works well with this style. Seamless flavour mix of zinging marmalade, cinnamon, rounded malts. Warming finish. Had a few of these lately and it’s a grower - doesn’t knock your socks off the first time but more time you spend with it, the more you come to appreciate how well made this is. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars, Christmas 2012)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (2996) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2012
330ml bottle from Slow Beer. What better way to start the festive holidays than with a Christmas ale. Golden orange colour with a rich creamy crown of beige coloured foam. Lots of spiced fruity goodness in the aroma and ado the flavour. Big rich creamy mouthfeel. What better than to enjoy it with than roast turkey.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyPete (27) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2012
A wonderful Christmas Ale. Lovely carbonation. Lingering head. Lovely spices, in both the aroma and flavour. Worth a second bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2012
330ml bottle. Dark orange in colour with a nice creamy head. A well made beer, with a good malt and hop balance.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2332) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2012
Cellar temperature, into a snifter. Pour is full of life seeing a rising plume of mucky off-white foam settle a good inch atop a dull, auburn chestnut body. Strong, sweet and spiced aroma of sticky, caramelised oranges, figs and dates, some ripe plum and peach, yeast and fresh cracked pepper. Pleasantly sweet, treacly, vinous and as boozy as a dram of vodka liqueur. Dominated by citrus fruit, very little lingers in the mouth and the aftertaste is null and void. Fresh and tangy orange, tangerines, light caramel, biscuit, peach nectar before a hot peak and drop off. Not heavy, not light in body, a little oily in feel. Took me a good hour to down this one. Flavour has really mellowed since its release last year. Enjoyable, but not as challenging as I had hoped. (33cL, 2011 release, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmeup (508) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2012
Dark cloudy orange, thick and fluffy head. Just enough hops and quite complex malt and yeast characters. Lots of fruity flavours in a full body with a lengthy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3159) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2012
Very carbonated ale mity deep orange colour large creamy head aronas dried fruit spice alcohol yeast the flavours a good yeast and alcohol taste citrus dried fruit nutmeg clove star of anise peppercorn slight doughy taste tangy sharp tastes fizzy the finish sharp fizzy aftertaste spicy alcohol yeast tangy lovely stuff on the palate


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