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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

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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5553) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Shared bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and fruit. Taste is malt, fruit, caramel, and some wood. Probably past its prime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10879) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle at Craigs. Pours deep reddish brown, vanilla, sweet, little oaky tastes, spices coming through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10553) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is spice, burnt sugar, bready malt and booze. Thin mouth with spice, burnt sugar, caramel, sweet fruit, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle opened during the Christmas Movie Marathon on 12/20/14. Reddish brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, berry and oak. Malty and caramelly flavor with Belgian esters, berry and oak before a sweet, vinous finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2909) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boxofrane (2553) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deekyn (1459) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10251) - 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 its kickin ass"

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (6390) - 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 (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Ma Che Siete Venuti a F, 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.

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