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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The third verse of our "Twelve Beers of Christmas" saga incorporates vinous and oaky notes into a bold and spicy dark ale. Happy Holidays!

75% Belgian-Style Dark Ale,25% Ale Aged in French Oak Barrels

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
A couple samplers had at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA. Pours dark brown in color, not clear, with an average-sized and average-density light tan head sitting on top. The aroma is somewhat Belgian, as I expected, with dark bread, dark fruits, and brown sugar malt notes. A little spiciness to it. The flavor is pretty good but not spectacular. Sweet caramel malts, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, raisin and fig, and spices. Just a slight hint of oak - could use a little heavier-handed -bal aging. Body is on the fuller side, and carbonation is average. Not quite as good as 2 Turtle Doves, but a reasonably enjoyable beer. Could see this improving a little bit with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jason_andrew (1) - USA - NOV 29, 2010 does not count
This beer was excellent. Spice, fruit with prominent yet pleasant oak flavor. Grab a few for the cellar... this beer will no doubt get better with age :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1631) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours a cola brown with a small head. Dark fruits dominate the aroma, with booze balancing sweet caramel and figs. Just a bit of oak in there, too, but the flavor needs to mature for this to be everything I want it to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle... Poured deep, cloudy red with a moderate head. Very fruity, plum-like, oak and booze. Cherry notes were very vibrant. Hints of buttery pastries, sweet malts, light hop balance, raisins, with a fair amount of carbonation offering a full palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Poured dark brown, dark fruits, spice, wood, vinious, little citrus, little brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6669) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2010
750 thanks to Luckyhank. Pours a nice brownish color. Lots of holiday flavor in there plus the malt of a Quad. Typical fruit of raisin and plum. Cold, Iím not getting oak. Maybe as it warms. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some hints of blood red and a fingerís worth of khaki colored head. S: A fair amount of dark malts without much roast character, but a nice toast. Very bready and heavy on the yeast with some dark fruits, but I canít quite pick out what they are. T: The sweetness is moderate with a bit of subtle roast. Dark and malty with a bit of sugar (caramel and toffee) and lots of yeastiness like the nose indicates. M: The body is medium with a soft, rolling carbonation. D: Iíd say this is probably better than Partidge but not quite as good as Turtle Doves. Itíll be interesting to see how this one ages over the next ten years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
On tap at Provisions. Pours a dark red brown with a little bit off tan-white head. Nose is currant and spice. Notes of plum, raisin, malt, and spice. Oaky finish. Will be interesting to see how this ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Itís at its peak RIGHT NOW! Nose is a lite sour smell, matched with the smell of pears and malt. And just a wee bit of brett. Starts sweet, then goes dry - amaazing. Iíve never had a beer that does this! After this month, I expect this to turn into a brettbasket. But this one is nice....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjh19 (63) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Dark red, tiny bubbles, looks rich. Plenty of wine-like smell. .Spicy, with a lot of red wine notes, and a little tart. Really tight carbonation. A terrific sipper with tight carbonation. Definitely worth a try.

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