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RATINGS: 255   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (9833) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle at the Croydonia Tasting - East Croydon. Thanks to Jack for sharing this fine seasonal beverage - where does he get this stuff?!? Pours clearish, dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nose is all wintery spices, brown sugar, light sweat. Medium to big sweet flavor with dark bread, Christmas [spices], faint tangy dark fruits. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderate warmth to finish, more dark bread, spices, dark fruits. Very decent. Would drink better on a cold snowy evening, rather than the scorchingly hot day we have right now, but it’s still good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (799) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle at Les Caves in Corvallis. Pours brown, but totally bright. Thick tan-brown head. Aroma is licorice caramel with light spices and chewy old dates. Dark. As flavor warms, the presence of spicy dark molasses becomes apparent. Body is medium thick with moderate creamy carbonation. Flavor is dark toffee and chewy Christmas sweets with molasses. Very good. I’m not too big of a fan of molasses in beers, but it’s pretty good!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2023) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2013
December 2011. 750 ml. bottle. Poured brown with a tan head. Lots of spice aromas with dark fruit, chocolate. Alcohol is very present, but a nice winter warmer

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fletchfighters (1010) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2013
750 ML bottle into a tulip Dark chocolate brown color. Light brown head. Good carbonation for the size of the beer. Good lacing and structure. Dark fruits, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, and orange peel nose. Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of spice, chocolate, dark fruits, and some coffee to boot. Big up front and ballsy beer. Slightly too spiced I though but still quite nice. Alcohol is a little too obvious in the mouth. Big rich feel with subtle carbonation. I thought needed to be toned down a notch so that the Belgian part could me more obvious. Slow sipper, very slow

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6023) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle:   Deep garnet, moderate to large frothy beige head, so-so lacing.   Cinnamon, allspice, and mulling like spices up front.   Similar on the tongue, heavy spicing, a big of saltiness too.   Spices are pretty strong.   Its like a mulled beer.   Lots of flavor.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Slight astringency on the backside.   Heavy cinnamon and allspice on the finish.   Spices are strong, but a bit dull, not sharp or fresh.   Lingering candied orange peel.   Decent, even if a bit over spiced.   Most are under spiced, but this one does deliver.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeJslc (686) - USA - APR 20, 2013
Dark brown, light haze, persistent tan head. Soft, bready malt, light chocolate, a little toast, toffee, raisins, nutmeg, cinnamon, earthy spice. Full bodied and warming.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorm (838) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 12, 2013
Mye smak av kirsebær, humle og malt. Meget godt på smaken. Bittert og søtt. Et godt vinterøl.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nilsas (971) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 12, 2013
En bombe av lukt og smak. God søtlig frukt lukt. Full av frukt smak, rik på munnfølelse og ettersmak. Oppdager nye detaljer for hver munnfull. Må oppleves.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lilja (1391) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Smak och doft av karamell, bränt socker, torkad frukt, russin, plommon, choklad. Söt men välbalanserad, portvinskaraktär. Mycket gott.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2033) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2013
Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights at the edges and a huge fluffy tan head that recedes to lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma’s of holiday spices, thick caramel and molasses with a slight fruity twang. The spice character for me is quite strong and overpowers most of the nose, but I actually think it is starting to tame a bit from the first time I had this brew. The flavor is sweet and malty up front with lots of thick sugar, caramel, and molasses. The spices and yeasty flavors provide a nice balance midway through before a shot of ethanol hits that I can trace moving down my throat. Sweet lingering sugary gingerbread house sits on the palette like gum drops long after every sip. Thick body with a sweet somewhat syrupy mouthfeel, and a light to moderate level of carbonation. I think I enjoyed this a lot better than when this was fresher, I think the flavors have come together a little bit better. This is no two turtle doves, but I enjoyed sipping on it for a while.


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