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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6549) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, roast, allspice, gingerbread, dark fruit and some booze. The alcohol is warming butalso ppresent in the flavor at times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (924) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2013
750mL bottle. So, I’ve been sitting on this one for a while and didn’t cellar it at the recommended 50 degrees (I live in a small apartment in Chicago with one refrigerator and it IS the basement, so there’s no where lower to put my bottles unless I buy a shovel) so this one may be a little past its prime, but I’ll give ’er a shot. Pours a murky, dark brown, nearly opaque, thin off-white head little retention that faded quickly, nose is molasses, dark roast, Belgiany yeast, vague hint of pie spice. Mouth is medium bodied, creamy, mild sweetness, malty roasty up front, then brown sugar, dried fruit, rumor of nutmeg, hint of licorice, some soot towards the back end, spice in the throat. Would’ve been good with a hunk of fruitcake or stollen buy a crackling fire, watching the snow blanket the South Side, but for whatever reason I chose to wait until August, nearly 21 months after I purchased this. Still decent though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacBoost (1438) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Ok, so this beer has got me confuse a bit. On the one hand, it’s pretty fucken roasty for an Belgian strong ale so the taste kind of teases me with imperial stout characteristics. But then theres the stupid spices which I fucking loathe. So, yeah. It pours and looks like a Baltic porter with no head. Smells like a fucken cookie and tastes similar to an imperial stout if you take into consideration the heavy booze. I really want to hate it, but its growing on me with every sip. A touch more roast and this would be great, but I guess thats not what they’re really going for here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (11406) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 (13188) - 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 (995) - 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 (2595) - 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 (1198) - 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 (6300) - 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 (767) - 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.

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