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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.


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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 don’t get that anywhere in this beer. I’ve only had a few things from The Bruery, but everything has been fairly lackluster. Although this isn’t 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 can’t have a consistently well controlled and quality fermentation, you shouldn’t be brewing beer, regardless of what your last name is.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3664) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle at Anchorage Sept ’14 Tasting: Poured a dark brown with red edges, head was light brown. Aroma was strong vanilla and spice. Taste mixed well with nice malts, tobacco and chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2258) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Draft at craft ale house. Pours clear reddish amber with minimal head. The aroma has brown sugar notes, caramel, some spices. The taste has a sweet anise, caramel, light soy.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
OldMrCrow (1951) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle for Thanksgiving 2014.

Dark pour, decent head. Hugely spicy nose. Flavor is...sweet, sticky, and so.much.spice. This is absolutely undrinkable. Dafuq! On the heels of a Cuvee van de Kaiser Blauw ’08, this is a travesty. Total drain pour. My dad is drinking it anyway; I feel terrible as a host. Now what do I do with my five golden rings and six geese a laying?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"Rich, dark brown with quickly dissipating head. Nice aroma of gingerbread, belgian yeast, and sweet malts. no hint of 11% til it gets closer to room temp. nice holiday ale. best aroma of the 3 i’ve had, nice smooth relatively thick bodied. flavor similar to the aroma...spice dominant and tasty."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (4918) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Deep dark brownish color with a tan head. Brown sugar, fruity, oak, spicy and vanilla aroma. Powerful little horny devil. Full body. A bit sweet and a moderate bitterness. Sugary and a bit sweet flavor. Oak, spicy, vanilla and chocolate flavor. Lovely tasty ale.
[Bottle at rlgk plaza]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yoachim (46)
- SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Flaska på provningen USA comes to Göteborg 2014. Luktar marshmallow, surt, choklad, vin, äpple, krydda. Svart. Smakar frukt, choklad, godis, surt, alkohol, krydda. Ganska fyllig.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle at rlgk. Pours clear darker mahogany with a minimum of head. Aroma is sweet chocolate malty some raisins. Flavor as aroma.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (11219) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, spices, roasted malt. Flavour is ginger, bread, fruit, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate. Full body. Very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maley1 (807) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
Dark brown pour with small tan head. Aroma of malts, cinnamon, cloves, dark fruit and gingerbread. Taste of caramel, molasses, vanilla, gingerbread, dark fruits. Full bodied, perfect carbonation, nice long gingerbread finish. Very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2250) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Aroma. Sweet Bread, Vanilla, Gingerbread, Mildly Boozy Appearance: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Mild Lacing Taste: Gingerbread, Vanilla, Mildly Boozy, Mild Sweet Bread Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy


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