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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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.


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2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 25, 2011
750 mL bottle tasted on christmas day 2011 - Pours a completely opaque black color with fairly large dark tan head. Aroma starts off with a huge aspect of burnt styrofome when it is fairly cool that dissipates (thankfully) as it warms. Also has notes of rum, dark brown sugar, treacle, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla bean. Flavor is very sweet malty - lots of dark sugars, touch of raisens and oak, but just very sweet overall. This is really a very poorly made beer, in my opinion. The off notes in the aroma clearly seem to be fermentation issues. The flavor is very cloyingly sweet, and overall this seems underattenuated, especially for a beer advertised as "belgain" although I really donít get that anywhere in this beer. Iíve only had a few things from The Bruery, but everything has been fairly lackluster. Although this isnít terrible, it is far from good. I would be embarrassed to enter this in a homebrew competition, little alone sell this as a commercial beer. If you canít have a consistently well controlled and quality fermentation, you shouldnít be brewing beer, regardless of what your last name is.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (3982) - NORWAY - JUL 3, 2016
Bottle, november 7th 2015. Dark brown body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is spicy with bread and mild alcohol, some nutty stuff lurking in the background. And yes I mean nuts, note some crazy shit. Taste is malty, earthy, quite spicy yeast esters. Sweet, christmas cake like. Quite a nice one, but not tehe best of the series Iíve had yet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (3375) - New York, USA - APR 5, 2016
Bottle at tasting. Nose is cookies, some spice and fruit. Tastes of cinnamon, tobacco, cookie, grains, plum, earth, some yeast. Not too sweet or boozy feeling. Ok

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle - think its funny that I ended up trying the regular version so much later than the BA one but cíest la vie. A murky mahogany pour with a light tan head. plum, caramel maltiness, crushed and somewhat artificial gingerbread, nutmeg, quite sweet, mild carbonation and moderate body.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10263) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 15, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is malty, caramel, ginger, nutmeg, taste is dry, fruity, sweet, light sourness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6568) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy reddish chestnut, small tan head, dissipates quickly with some lacing. Aroma is Christmas spices, cinnamon, ginger, allspice. Really does remind one of gingerbread. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, lots of gingnerbread spices going on. Medium body. Not bad, but it turns out that if you accidentally spill and shatter your glass of it all over the couch, and end table and your wifeís computer, she may not be too happy about it. In the end she took it fairly well, but it did take me a good two hours to clean everything to her satisfaction, and I know that a key or two is a bit sticky now. I am guessing its not the last I have heard of it. I do have a nice little cut on my pinky to remind me of my stupidity, but it is healing way too fast to really outlast the memory of the event itself.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (6301) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 20, 2015
750ml bottle. Cloudy dark brown colour with small, thick, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, ochre-ish beige to tan head. Sweet-ish dark malty aroma, notes of honey, ginger, a touch of cinnamon and aniseed, gingerbread aroma overall. Taste delivers identical flavours with different emphasis, more honey and aniseed, less ginger; viscous, oily texture, gooey palate. Well balanced, complete avoidance of hazardously soapy notes. Again, as might be the most substantial characteristic for The Brewerys Brueís, Iím torn between admiration concerning their elusive imitation of genuine non-beer (product) flavours and the simple question: "Wherefore?"

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (9712) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a dark brown with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong spice, cinnamon, and cookies. Thin mouth, strong gingerbread cookie, cinnamon, spice, nutmeg, light booze, very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leepe_steven (205) - Lede, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2015
Pours a dark brown beer with little brown head. Aroma reminds me of gingerbread and is spicy. Taste is sweet, spicy, and has hints of gingerbread. Full body, coats your mouth with some nice alcohol warmth at the back.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (1232) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle shared with BBGTC. Pours a brown body producing a small tan head. Spicy aroma with hints of dried fruits. Taste is sweet at first but with spice and also a light sour touch. Noble oxidized notes becomes this ale very well. Body is full, oily texture and softly carbonated.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (5399) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Deep brown, near-black body with a light beige head. Aroma is licorice, nuts, oats, grains, nougat, honey, toffee and hints of cinnamon, pumpkin and mild clove. Taste is licorice, nuts, nougat, biscuits, grains, brown sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon and hints of clove, raisins, wood and red berries. Full body, medium carbonation. Sweet, yet a bit sour somehow and with loads of complexity and a fair deal of oxidizing caused by cellaring (3 years), Pleasant and smooth, and interesting. Nice one.


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