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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Pours a dark Mahogany with a thin tan head. A wonderful smell filled with candied sugar, dark fruits, spices, and oak. The oak really hits your mouth initially with some smooth vanilla, and a light sourness. More dark fruit - raisins, figs, dates and red grapes linger long after the sip. A touch of citrus / spice falls to the back of the mouth. Light bitter finish with sweet (almost syrupy) malts, molasses and caramel. A bit of warmth on the end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kayres (392) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Dark brown and clear. Sweet oaky aroma. Bit sour full bodies tangy. Hints if lemon oak vanilla. Very interesting brew ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ICEatALAMO (873) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle. Aroma is almost more of a sour than anything. The taste is interesting. Like a light sour with a bunch of other flavors. Interesting combination of flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Bottle aging gracefully in my closet and served in my trusted big arse Tripel Karmeliet tulip: Russet brown with some amber highlights, small fading head and not much lace despite the etching on the glassware. The nose picks up lush aromatic malts, tobacco and leathery esters, some plum and raisin likely from Special B malts. A very slight sour cherry background and some oaky notes. Hints of ginger and pepper as well. I like this aroma.

The taste starts with rich fruit character, sweet golden raisins and tart cherries interweave over the layers of caramelized and roasty malts. Continuous earthy undertones and moderate boozy forcefulness. Very slight spice, woody and minerally presence on the finish. The mouth feel is oily and a bit under-developed, seems a tad flat and add a alcohol presence and it missed the mark of great Abt/Quad. Overall, age seemed to help this brew but all the cellaring can not bring added mouth feel nor improve the appearance. Still a touch hot but with a bit of oxidization and barrel sourness peeking in, I would not recommend aging this much more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy brown-ruby color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace. S - Aroma is full of sweet dark fruits with some raisin and date, with candi syrup, oak, cherry, Belgian yeast, some spices, and a bit of booze. T - Starts off with some rich dark fruit flavor with some raisin, cherry, and date, some Belgian candi syrup, and a bit of spice. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some more Belgian yeast flavor and spices with a bit more residual sugar. The finish is a mix of dark fruits, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, spices, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice barrel aged BSDA. The base beer is big enough that it hold up really nicely and the end result is nicely balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood. Pours a solid black with a tiny head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, hay, cereal, and bread. Flavour of all of the above. Nice. Light flavours despite appearance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (12683) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 7, 2012
Bottle, 75cl. Almost clear, amber to brown in color and topped by a dense, finger-thick beige head. Dried fruits and a herbal touch in the aroma. Quite sweet on the palate, with dried fruits and some alcohol. Full-bodied and pleasantly carbonated. Dried fruits in the finish, as well as some sugar and a touch of herbs. Overall, a nice one, but too sweet I think. 110826

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bth122 (1141) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2012
Poured a reddish brown color, medium head. The label says ages for 9 years. Hmm mine is aged 90 minutes since in bought it. Aroma is spice, raisin, herbs, pretty sweet, lite bitter, slight sour. Medium body, creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Taste of dark fruits and begium yeast and candy, but something is off about it. Slight sour tones. Apple maybe. I don’t get any oak whatsoever. Overly sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (3862) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle. Cheers Suprchunk. Deep brown color with a moderate, active off-white head. The nose is quite sugary, spicy, plenty of wood and toffee. The taste is a bit suprising - metallic shock followed by heavy sweet toffee flavors. Yeast. More wood. Sticky texture. Overall, unbalanced and not particularly impressive.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
suprchunk (1952) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Dark toffee colored pour. Slight off-white head. Minimal lacing. Big malty aroma. Smells like a barley wine. Syrupy. Malty flavor. Too sweet. Was expecting a good beer but was disappointed. Way too sweet and cloying.


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