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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (4161) - 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.

4.5
   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 :)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1623) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6563) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16053) - 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.

4
   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.

4
   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....

3.4
   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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