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RATINGS: 1053   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast , this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the character of this Ale.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 A lovely ale. The aroma is that of an alcoholic cherry soda. Tastes sublime starting out sweet and rounding out nicely into a most definitive alcoholic finish. I really enjoyed this beer and trust my remaining bottles will keep me plenty warm this coming winter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Many thanks to Atomic Danny for popping in with a growler of this nectar. Very subtle fruit and spice notes - beer is exceptionally well balanced, and perfect for the winter season.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Bottle. Pours a very nice red color, with a tiny, large-bubbled head. Aroma is reminiscent of Cherry Coke with alchol and some yeasty notes thrown in. Excellent sweet cherry taste with a little warming. Subdued honey flavor. Excellent specialty brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Looks exactly like the picture ... maybe a bit darker. Aroma is a lovely blend of cherries and honey. Nice blend on the taste. More honey than cherry (which makes for a better beer). A little bit of a burnt aftertaste but that is probably the heavy alcohol content.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Reddish amber body, little head. Cherries very present in the aroma. Tastes sweet and full, more cherries. The honey and alcohol come through in the aftertaste, although the burn is faint for 11%. Heavy and chewy on the tongue. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Rating from memory so forgive me. Appeared shiney red. Aroma is subtle dominated with alcohol and cherries but in a good way. Great mouthfeel with full body. Wish I’d stockpiled this one as its relatively young and very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2004
2004 - Sparkling clear copper and reds, thin creamy white head. Loads of Belgian candi sugar, dried cherry, honey, lt. chocolate, and spiced fruitcake hit you in the aroma as it warms. Very well balanced with cherry fruitiness taking a back seat to the upfront Belgian ale qualities. 11% is well hidden. Full bodied, zesty carbonation, dry spiced finish. A great winter warmer which beats the pants off of last years batch....

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biznizness (1104) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Strong brew. Reddish tint, not as red as in the picture though. Tastes like a belgian strong to me, with hints of cherries. Let’s take a nose to this beer... getting some cherries... some bing cherries. It’s a dark berry. Good brew.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drkilmer (35) - Myersville, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Beautiful red, cherry-like color. The cherries are evident in the background, but this is not an overly sweet beer. The finish lingers and more tastes and sensations become apparent after swallowing. Appropriate warming alcohol feel. I can’t get enough of this beer (honestly, it’s already sold out at my local beer store!).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
11.06.04 Santa’s own manslaves could not have crafted a more festive brew. This is everything a Yuletide beer should be: spicy and warming


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