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RATINGS: 266   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9945) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle at the Croydonia Tasting, thanks to Jack, 13/07/13. Lightly hazed dark mahogony brown with a thin tan hea that dissipates to the edge and leaves a little spotting. Nose is dark fruits, toffee, brown bread, boozey tones - a little harsh at that. Taste comprises bitter dark fruits, brown bread, sugars, malt loaf. Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming boozey finish. Drinkable but the alcohol is a little on the harsh side and could have been better integrated. I wouldn’t bother this feathered friend again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11874) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (861) - Providence, Rhode Island, 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2480) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fletchfighters (1135) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6299) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeJslc (759) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorm (1464) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 12, 2013
Mye smak av kirsebær, humle og malt. Meget godt på smaken. Bittert og søtt. Et godt vinterøl.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nilsas (1726) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lilja (1783) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Smak och doft av karamell, bränt socker, torkad frukt, russin, plommon, choklad. Söt men välbalanserad, portvinskaraktär. Mycket gott.

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