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RATINGS: 257   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Pours a dark brown that is just barely translucent when held up to the light. Thin beige head lasts for a minute before dissipating and leaving a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is incredibly forward, with sweet potatoes leading the way. In fact, it’s so strong that other aromas are hard to detect. However, some nutmeg and cinnamon spice is noticeable. Taste is generally sweet, as caramel malts vie with burnt sugar. Behind that, there is a general taste of spice and dark fruit. There is *barely* a **hint** of hops in the aftertaste, just to let you know that some were added. Finally, the strong flavor a alcohol pervades and grows stronger as the beer warms. Also, as the beer warms, this beer becomes more complex and, oddly, more drinkable. Of note is how a slight metallic flavor at the beginning fades in the process of warming. Palate seems about right for this ale--velvety mouthfeel, with some slight carbonation. In sum, another great Christmas beer for Bruery. Though this one doesn’t rate as high as 3 French Hens did for me, it’s still a winner and worth a shot if you like Christmas beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (1999) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Advocate_Ames (423) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Pours dark with a foam head that dissipates and clinged to my glass. The aroma is very spice driven, dough maltiness, semi sugar sweetener. In the flavor there is a mild bitterness, semi chocolate malts, soft acidic fruit taste, and a pleasant pumpernickel grain taste. The finish was somewhat tasteful but had a complexity of ingredients that blended rather strange. Overall I enjoyed this beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (2070) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Guerde (1162) - 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 there’s 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 I’d say is a strong point. Oddly enough, the strong booze presence in the nose doesn’t 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8029) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1660) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours a murky brown with thin tan head. Nose of brown sugar, caramel, gingerbread. Medium body, light heat

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petrucci914 (910) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
crossovert (7021) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Another rather embarrassment in the series. Didn’t age well in the least bit.

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