arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I know this has abbey yeast so maybe I should have entered the beer as something belgian, oh well. I picked up a single can of this because of some chatter here on BA about it being good, thank goodness I didn’t spend the $15 for a four pack. Red color, foamy head that collapses quick. Aroma is kind of gummy with a hint of spice. Flavor is more gum, not bad but nothing that made me say wow. The belgian yeast was apparent. Overall, totally not worth the $3.75 I paid for the can.
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 11-17-2012 03:55:30
odannyob (106) - Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a medium chilled 12 oz. can poured into a sparkling clean pint glass. A sweet smell dwells as a thin head dissipates into laced foam squiggles. The color matches the darker of the reds on the can.
Ahhh, (or should I say Mmmmmm, Christmas Ale).
This one’s a pretty nifty gift that should, if could, be shared with friends whom dig good ale with holidays in them.
GarrettB (1280) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The day is closing on Christmas, 2013. What better time to try that Christmas Ale that’s been patiently waiting in the refrigerator? Most years I tend to stock up on holiday beers from Christmas, but I wanted to show my Colorado pride and drink something from a little closer to home. It pours from a tall Santa red can, and the beer is almost the same color as the aluminum, with a deep crimson and rosy cheeked red hue, a hypnotizing clarity, and wide columns of bubbles commuting to the underside of the head, itself a thin wreath of creamy, dirty snow colored bubbles. As I sit here with the poured brew a couple feet away I already catch hints of cinnamon and egg nog (really), nd a closer look confirms it: a heavy creamy egg nog freshness flanked by spicy clove, all-spice, and a sweet, pineapple acidity. The taste mirrors the nose with an uncanny precision, where the egg nog spices appear in the first few seconds of the taste and in the aftertaste. A heavy palate and busy carbonation help to lift this beer, which tastes heavy and almost overburdened with Christmas spices and Christmas cheer. Indeed, like Santa Clause, it’s heavy and rounded with flavor, but somehow manages to fit in the metaphorical chimney of my picky palate. It’s not an everyday beer (is Christmas every day?!) and not even a session beer (you only open presents once on Christmas Day!) but I think it is a fine beer for the holiday, and a spicy way to end a day full of paper ripping and gut stuffing.
kevinator (1552) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Definitely Belgian in character. Mild spicy malt aroma. Caramel brown color with a small head. Heavy weight with low carbonation. Biscuit malt with holiday spices and a hint of hops.
Dogbrick (10019) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Flatiron Park taproom. This beer is a clear copper color with a medium thin off-white head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices, citrus and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of sweet spices, berries, toasted malt and a touch of hops. The finish is sweet with a ginger and malt aftertaste. Decent overall.
DenverLogan (961) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured May 3 at the Burning Can fest. Pours copper with head and lace. Aroma of clove, rich malts. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of rich malts, cardamon, rye, caramel, minerals. Overall full bodied and flavorful.
dfinney23 (2391) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Kind of an interesting herbal thing going on with the juniper but glad I only bought one.
Bill Becker (610) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best by February 21st.
It pours a clear copper with a 1" head of foam...does have some nice lacing.
The smell is very spicy and fruity. Some nutmeg and cinnamon, some dark fruit which is plum like.
The taste is sweet, spicy, fruity, in that order. The spicy character reminds me of a Belgian Ale of some sort...now picking up cloves and a yeasty/wheaty flavour. The warmer it gets, the more complex it seems to get.
Medium body and carbo.
A very festive enjoyable brew in a 16 ounce can, I probably wouldn’t want to drink ’em back to back. ;^)
scooterbub (932) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint can. Pours an unclear copper with a thin beige head that lasts. Taste is of raisin, malt, yeast, dark fruit, nutmeg, spice and caramel. Similar aroma. Has a mostly full mouthful with a boozy finish. Easy to drink, enjoyable, but a bit overpriced.
TXBadger (2081) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear reddish brown with off-white head. Spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some cloves; follows onto the palate. Somewhat sweet on the finish.
ajnepple (4074) - Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz can from Biggie Wine & Liquor into a Guinness glass. Reddish amber appearance with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of light peppery spice, pine, juniper berries, light citrus zest, allspice, light ginger, toffee and a touch of caramel malt. Flavor is moderately spiced with mild malty sweetness and light hop bitterness, the alcohol is hidden well. The body is a bit thinner than expected, but it’s pretty easy to drink.