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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.


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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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (1735) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 13, 2014
Pours a burnt umber color with a finger of eggshell foam. Nose is warming spice, medicinal weirdness and bready malt. The palate follows with an aggressively carbonated body, thinner than expected mouthfeel and a bit of weird disjointed layers of spicy nutmeg, earthy gingerbread, stale rye... a touch metallic and just unbalanced in general.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1148) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2014
(free beer week bottle from peteinSD thanks!) Pours a brownish black color with a dark tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma certainly holds a fair amount of spice and I would venture a guess to say thereís some cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and perhaps nutmeg on display. Some chocolate, a lot of booze, and stewed fruit show up as well. Pumpernickel bread. Flavor holds a lot more chocolate that takes on somewhat of a Nutella vibe. Bit of roasted malt here, but a ton of sweetness. Light hints of spice towards the finish, which Iíd say is a strong point. Oddly enough, the strong booze presence in the nose doesnít really carry over into the flavor. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is restrained. Overall a big, sweet, boozy(nose-wise) beer that is not bad for what it is.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (7926) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
750 mL bottle from Beer Run, opened 12/28/13. Pours a murky dark brown color with a large fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of tropical and canned fruits, almost dirty seeming, with some dark malts and mild spice. The taste is tart fruits, pineapple, spice, dark malts. Medium bodied, low carbonation, almost no heat.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours a murky brown with thin tan head. Nose of brown sugar, caramel, gingerbread. Medium body, light heat

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnoble (1214) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Some old bottle I had in the cellar. Pours deep red. Nose is obnoxious spices, phenolics, fruits. Bready, fruity and rich flavored. Thick and full bodied. I was a little put off by the intense pungent spices up in this bitch.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petrucci914 (902) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Pours a dark mahogany color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is dark fruit, fig, nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee, brown sugar. Taste is much the same. Good cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Perfero (10) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Passable but not great. Very sweet, but with a bitter backbone that doesn't quite mesh. Got better as it warmed but still not something I'd buy a second time. --- Save the unicorns!

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
crossovert (6341) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Another rather embarrassment in the series. Didnít age well in the least bit.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (1952) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Very opaque brown colored with ruby highlights. A slim layer of tan bubbles. Little bit of lacing. Big note of molasses in the front. Some spicy hints. Big spicy taste with a malt and molasses. Not bad. Like a dessert. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2200) - Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2011. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, licorice, dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, light char, light coffee, gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, pepper, allspice, dark bread, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness; with some very slight booze. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toast, dark bread, nutmeg, roasted malt, light coffee, gingerbread, clove, cinnamon, licorice, allspice, light char, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, light coffee, roast, gingerbread, licorice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, light char, allspice, herbal, and roasted/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced Belgian dark ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, yeast, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.


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