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RATINGS: 1078   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike5203 (38) - Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2007
12oz Bottle: Aroma is sweet malt with cherries jumping out at you. The flavor is a little tart to start but finishes with sweet cherries, not too sweet just enough to enjoy this very warming brew. After two or three of these you can start talking to the elf on the bottle. A great Christmas beer.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
two7offsuit (240) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Pours a reddish color with a thin head. Aroma is spice and cherries. Flavor is similar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2336) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 20, 2014
11% Bottle from a trade with GenDV138 - thanks buddy! A reddish-amber pour with a foamy beige head but not as red as I expected actually. The nose is somewhat weizen like in that I get a big banana bread & cloves, some cherry and honey as well but I think I need to let this warm up a bit. Nice fairly full bodied beer with a raspy carbonation and a hearty dose of warmth spreading down my throat to my belly. As it warms you definitely get a belgian yeast character from it with plums, spices, breadiness, cinnamon comes through, cherries, a fairly prominent booziness, banana bread. As it warms up it continues to reveal new nuances and layers. I think the booziness is a bit much I’d probably enjoy it more in the 8-9% range but I’d definitely have this again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Nice red color. Can taste the alcohol but does a nice job of a blending most into the beer for how high the % is.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiddleBrau (962) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Tap at Giuseppe’s. Red with thin head. Malty nose. Rich malty with presence of alcohol. Classic winter/seasonal warmer.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
OfficerML (1) - Norwood, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2014 does not count
Strong aroma & appearance. The taste is medicinal. This beer went flat quickly. Low hops. The chocolate was undetectable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SG111 (186) - - DEC 14, 2014
Bottled. Pours a beautiful red cherry color, small white effervescent head. Aroma is tons of cherry. As soon as you open the bottle you can smell it. Lots of esters, dark fruits, little bit of honey sweetness. Almost too sweet smelling. Flavor is lots of cherry, honey, sweet flavors. Like a really intense Belgian style dubbel but without the Belgian yeast and spices. Mouthfeel is unremarkable. A good beer (its well done and high quality) but it’s sweet. Just not my cup of tea (or bottle of beer).

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvanFriend (314) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
In a solo cup at the barber shop (hey, it’s free). Aroma isn’t great, but the taste is fine, fruity, a bit more grainy flavor than I prefer alcohol is pretty forward. Overall a good but not great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bebum (332) - - DEC 12, 2014
Startling red color, sparkingly clear. Medium body, alcoholic, smooth. Sweet, balanced by enough acidity. Delicate fruity taste, liqueur, phenolic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Xenon (99) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2014
I ended up liking this beer. Strong is an understatement. If I have more than one, I am spending the night lol Reddish tinge was a nice touch. Both the cherries and honey are noticeable. I actually enjoyed this one quite a bit... very fitting for the season. Smells very sweet, but captures that belgian taste like I love despite it being called an american strong ale. Fizzy, strong boozy mouthfeel and almost no bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4476) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Actually pretty decent. More like a Belgian strong than american. Pours hazy red with good head and lacing. Soft carbonation. Light sweet finish. Some prune here and a touch of candy. Tap at Giant.


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