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RATINGS: 271   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Pours a deep reddish amber that is quite beautiful. There is a little in the way of a discernible head, with just a slight amount of wispy lacing. Aroma is strongly alcoholic and fruity, with notes of brandy, grape, and apple. There is also a hint of yeast in the aroma. The taste is quite sweet, but with just a tinge of tart sourness from the fruits. While warming alcohol drives the flavor, some malt, spice (clove), and a hint of oak are also detectable. As far as mouthfeel goes, this is a surprisingly thin and watery beer, but not really all that disappointing. There is just a bit of lively carbonation. In summary, this is quite an amazing wintertime dark ale. Complex with lots of wonderful spice and fruits. Definitely worth a try.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2009) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Caramel brown in color... Aroma of raisins, grapes, figs.... Flavor is vinous, figs and raisins are prevalent, plums, tobacco and oak on finish... Delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boxofrane (2254) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Draft at craft ale house. Pours clear reddish amber with minimal head but a slight surface coating. The aroma has a nice oak, some Winey notes, but little else. I wonder if this has faded due to age. The taste is quite belgian, semi-sweet , dark fruit, solid brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deekyn (1251) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Mmm soy sauce... A - pours a dark burnt sienna with no head. S - Nose is soy sauce and soy sauce. Some toasted nuts, chocolate, raw cacao with Belgian yeast. M - medium body with a light tang. End is warming and sweet. T - in the taste the soy sauce is toned down. Strong raw cacao, toasted nuts chocolate, barrel notes and a light alcohol end. Some vanilla, toasted pecans and bread dough. O - odd. Not bad but tangy and overly soy saucey

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - 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 itís kickin ass"

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (4672) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (4068) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fŗ, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SilkTork (5275) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Chriso. Jammy, sweet, gummi bear, malty beer. Mouldy aroma. I like it. Yummy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2241) - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (8981) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pushkinwow (2098) - 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 didnít 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.


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