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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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A Belgian style dark ale brewed with spices. The fourth verse of our Twelve Beers of Christmas saga incorporates gingerbread-like spice into a rich and robust dark ale.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4096) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Pours an almost still dark burnt copper with 1-2 fingers of burnt tan head. Nose shows a lot of delicate ephemeral spices, sweet anise with notes of fig and prune and caramel. Interesting, similar to the this years Anchor OSA. Sweet spices dominate the flavor with some alcoholic notes. Raisins and fig in the flavor. Medium body and warming alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
smboselli (100) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Pours black with off-white head. Rich, smooth, and an explosion of flavor. Anise flavor is the standout above all. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3oz tasting at Davis Beer Shoppe. Aroma is nutmeg and some all spice. Look is nice and dark, no lacing, no head. Carb is limited to "just enough" and has a caramel/molasses aspect. Very good and flavorful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. Aroma and flavor of dark fruits, dark malts and spices (cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg). Alcohol is well hidden and the finish is smooth but spicy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Pours a deep dark brown with a khaki head that fades rather quickly. Aroma is dark fruit, oak, belgian yeast. Taste is similar with dark fruit, cinnamon, and ginger. Body is nice and rich. Warm aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Dark mahogany with thin, tan, head / Rich, sweet, winey, nose of dark fruit, oak, and chocolate / Full body, sweet, thick, and syrupy, soft carbonation, with decent hop balance and long, smoothly, only lightly hot, finish / Big flavors of cocoa, fig, dates, and oak with restrained spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger / Terrific. Would be interesting to age.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (1880) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Bottle. Lightly tan head that goes thin quickly, but stays like a thin sheet on top of a nearly black but mostly mahogany body. Lots of ginger and breadiness in the aroma, holiday spice, nutmeg, and some light toast. Ginger, nutmeg, chocolate, toast, bready, and a slight dark fruit sweetness...only slight. Medium body with softer carbonation. Better than last year’s edition.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2011
750ml Bottle: Complex aroma of malt, Belgian yeast, holiday spices, toasting, flowers, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, more spices, carob, and a tiny hint of alcohol. Poured dark brown/mahogany in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Hazy and unclear. Complex flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, Belgian yeast, spices, cocoa, molasses, caramel, nuts, chocolate, and toasting. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, chocolate, Belgian yeast, cocoa, caramel, nut, finish is heavily sweet. 11%ABV is slightly noticeable in the aroma, but extremely well hidden throughout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4524) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Tap pours a deep brownish amber with a medium creamy tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of chestnuts, dark fruits, gingerbread, cinnamon, vanilla and belgian yeast esters. Flavor of dark fruits, same spices as mentioned in the aroma. Very well done holiday spiced belgian dark strong.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lagunitasfan (1318) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
750 bottle for $13.00 or so. Bummer of a beer. Pour is dark dark brown with light tan head. Nose is raisins and figs and cinnamin. Taste is same, only more rich. Figs and allspice and nutmeg and cinnamin and tons of raisins and figs and allspice and nutmeg and cinnamin and TONS of raisins. Taste every bit of the 11% and then some. Couldn’t finish a 12 oz pour.


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