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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle... Pours murky and dark brown with a mid-sized, fluffy, khaki head. Good retention. The aroma is a blend of cinnamon, ginger and other holiday spices layered upon dark malts and dark fruits. Full-bodied and silky with modest carbonation. The flavor is both spicy and sweet - not cloying though; a real holiday treat. Finishes chocolaty and spicy. Thanks go out to newcigarz for sharing this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ICEatALAMO (1128) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2011
More ale brewed with spices than a rich and robust dark ale in my opinion. One of the better Christmas Ales that I have had because the spices are controlled. The pour left a nice warm head and rich mahogany color beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle that I brought to the Cuvee de Castleton release. Pours a dark brown with a thin beige head. Soft spices, malt, toast on the nose. Thins out a bit. More spices, sweet roast, gets creamy. Spices on the finish. Toast, warm plums and booze on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
abcfan (819) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Fantastic brew. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Carbonation is very lively. Aroma is ginger and spice. Taste is sweet and dark fruits. Very light finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle. Split with Tom and Dave. Courtesy of Tom. Thanks, meh. Pours a dark chicory maroon with a light, wispy tan head. Lacing is ringed out and spotty. Aroma of oatmeal, cream, Belgian candied sugars, slight smoke, Dr. Pepper, and cherry. Tastes like a fudge brownie with dark chocolate and some malty, rootbeer flavors in the finish. Heavy bodied with a thick, robust palate. Tons of chocolate in this. Really nice Christmas ale. Heavy, strong and warming, but without much of the brutality in the taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
HonkeyBra (3707) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2011
750 ml bottles. Dark brown pour with a mild tan head. Aroma of xmas cookies, chocolate, caramel. Flavor of sharpie marker, peanut butter, ink. Wood, clove. Strong, off-putting. Big raw sugar note towards the finish. Some liquid tobacco. This basically tastes like there was a glass of liquid electronic cigarette juice. Syrupy mouthfeel with forced spice in the finish. This almost tastes like wort. I’m not sure what else to say about this, but it’s pretty awful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (4013) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brownish red color with a light ring of tan head. Aroma is definite gingerbread, nutmeg and light grassy notes. Caramel sweetness. Flavor is full of spice, nutmeg for sure with a tingle near the back. Finishes sweet and spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Cinnamon malt aroma. Dark brown color. Very sweet cinnamon and toffee malt flavor. Moderate alcohol burn in the finish. Not really cloying but is very sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Draft. Mahogony beer with a dark cream colored head. Toffee and yeast aroma. Toffee and spice flavor with yeast and caramel. Medium bodied. Toffee and spice (ginger and earthy kitchen) linger with caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10700) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Tap. Pours dark brown to black with a medium-small, fizzy tan head, short retention with fair lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, Belgian yeast phenols, fruity esters, caramel and nutty malt. Flavor is dark malt, caramel, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruits, sweet with a dry and spicy finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

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