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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5017) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours dark mahogany into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes leaving trailing sheets. Earthy caramel aromas. Sharp with caramel and treacle upfront turning to pit fruit in the dry, lasting earthy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerSquare (117) - - DEC 24, 2012
Interesting beer. . . the nose is all cocoa, leather and cinammon, not hinting much at the sweetness of the beer. Taste has all that Unibroue belgianity you would expect, but it’s way darker and thicker than most of their. . . somehow, strangely maintaining the very effervescent carbonation of some of their more champagne offerings (ephemere comes to mind. . . but only re: the bubble). Good for a winter evening. . . I’d like it better if it had more richness and zing to balance the sweet spice, but it really is pretty good. I think it would be in a good "introductory big belgian" for nonbelievers; big meaty belgianness, but nothing too out there and plenty of reassuring familiar spice flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikem409 (1913) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours tan with off white head. Aroma of spice and Belgian yeast. Taste follows lots of spice not much else sweet chewy

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
k9coug (103) - USA - DEC 23, 2012
Seems like an immature and forced carbonation version of a light-weight Holiday ale served with undeserved pretention. Has flavors of powdered nutmeg and pumpkin spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1537) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
One of my favorites in the series. Nice berry complement to the vinuous notes... light hopping, but not astringent. I typically want more from these belgian strongs, but in this case the alcohol is just right for the fruity, biting nature of the palate... It’s a good sting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
benpickens (448) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Black with a tan mouse of head; plums, figs, and stewed dark fruits... creamy mouthfeel with nice long port like finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7911) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a near black hued body with a lasting tan head that leaves good lace. Aromas are spicy, cardamom, Unibroue house yeast, dark fruit, candied figs, tobacco with a complex maltiness. Flavors show a low but slightly persistent roast, cardamom, spicy phenols, cola. Warming, medium malt, somewhat bitter, earthy, tobacco notes in the finish. Warming with lively carbonation and a dry, effervescent finish. Always a steal and something I look forward to every year. Possibly not my favorite vintage, but at $4 per 750, buying a case to drink/sit on might be in order!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Yet another excellent unibroue beer. Tons of bubbliness and a good flavor that isn’t too sweet at all. The only redeeming part of the day as my fantasy team got crushed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Pours dark unclear chestnut brown with a huge creamy beige head that has some decent lacing. Aroma brings rich Belgian yeast and some sweet and Chrismas spices going on as well. The flavor brings the Belgian yeast as well, some sweet subtle dark fruits with the spices bringing a delicious malty base.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JMerritt (1902) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Very dark brown, bordering black, with no head. Ginger and nutmeg are heavy in the nose, though whiffs of cinnamon, vanilla malts. figs and dates are apparent (as is moderate alcohol at the tail end). Moderate-to-highly sweet flavor up front, turning a little dry and mildly astringent by the end. Finish has more ripened fruit notes and the Belgian yeast really pops. However, my bottle was tremendously under-carbonated - the cork didn’t pop upon opening (despite being stubborn as hell to get out) and there were only faint pricks of carbonation bubbles on the tongue. This was purchased around Thanksgiving and stored for the last month in a cold fridge, so perhaps these bottles needed more conditioning at room temperature before opening? Whatever the reason, this ended up feeling slightly cloying and a bit muddled.

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