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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigguns22 (721) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2012
750ml bottle from 2011 I have had about a year drank on Christmas. This is not one of my favorites. Pour was nice dark brown in color with a large head. Aroma pretty good to full of spice notes. The combination one spices in this one just didn’t do it for me and I can’t explain why.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leepe_steven (200) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (926) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4550) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2086) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle via and shared with oakbluff. Muddy brown in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas area of heavy malt, red berry, vanilla, an peppery spice. Loads of malt and black licorice flavor, along with some baking spices and vanilla. Heavy and a bit boozy. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3879) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2346) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
OldMrCrow (2118) - 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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6707) - 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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (5327) - 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]

   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.

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