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RATINGS: 268   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

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2010
This beer tastes questionable right now...how the fuck can anyone with any soul say, "Hold this for 9 more years for it to get really good!"?...sour oak and spice....this dog turd was brewed for ebay...seriously, the fact that it says right on the bottle to age for up to 9 years has to be a joke...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"started out ho-hum, but opened up quite nicely. dark brown. smooth big body from the partial oak aging. no rough edges once this beer warms up. aroma and flavor are spicy yeast (maybe actual spices?) a hint of cocoa, and a sweet malt presence, with barely discernible hopping. definitely better warmer. fell short of 2 turtle doves only because that one was awesome. 2 years old it’s kickin ass"

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (4596) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2014
This poured a dark amber color with a white head. Aroma was of lots of.caramel, Belgian yeast, and booze. Flavor was similar, lightly woody. Another booze bomb by the bruery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (3947) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fŕ, Rome.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Spices, sweet malt, sugar, alcohol, caramel.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Spices, fruit, malt, sugar, alcohol, raisin, plums.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SilkTork (5252) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Chriso. Jammy, sweet, gummi bear, malty beer. Mouldy aroma. I like it. Yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2207) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Aroma: Dark Fruit, Sweet Bread, Mild Belgian Yeast Appearance: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Some Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Sweet Bread, Mild Vanilla, Mild Oak, Mild Plum Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Drying

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (8766) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
750 mL bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, opened 12/26/13. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized creamy brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of wood, caramel, bread and very mild vinous notes. The taste is buttery, bready malts, wood, spice, banana, peach and other stone fruits. Medium-full bodied, low carbonation, slight heat, very smooth. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pushkinwow (2062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle, opened Christmas Eve. Light brown with a slight beige head. Tart flanders brown aroma to it, some oak, dry, fruit, moderate body and carbonation, booze is well hidden but everything didn’t seem to go well together - curious if the brett had too much time to go to work as it seemed overly tart considering what the bottle seemed to be going for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Aged maybe 2-3 years. Murky darker copper under a foamy beige head. Nose is raisiny and musty, in a good way, with a touch of Bretty sour oak. Very complex and lovely nose. Flavor is mellow and slightly sour, with earthy cherry and date notes. Dry finish with some plantain/date flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (7724) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2013
To me this one was aliek abeer that wanted to be sour but wasn’t, and its kind of rotten

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1909) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle for Thanksgiving eve 2013. $10.99 price tag -- those were the days!

Dark pours, moderate head. Aroma is almost Flemish red in character, slightly sour with cherry. Abundant spice, some oak. The beer itself is quite sweet with only the faintest hints of the sour flavor on the aroma. Oak, savory mushroom, spices plentiful but not gimmicky in the least. At three years of age it seems to be in its prime with almost no hint of the 10% ABV. Very nice Belgian style, on the sweet side, made interesting by a complex ingredient list -- exactly as expected from the Bruery.

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