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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Interpretation of French/Belgian Biere de Noel (Christmas beer). Blue Mountain Barrel Houses Blitzen is a dark ruby-hued ale fermented with Rochefort Trappist brewerys signature yeast. Light notes of dark stone fruits blend with the subtle spiciness of the yeast to produce a well-balanced 7% alcohol delicious seasonal beer.

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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrob21 (3492) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Definitely gets a little more entertaining as it warms. Dark fruits and spice on the back of the palate make this much more reminiscient of the belgian christmas beers I am used to. Pours dark brown with a tan head and some light lacing. Plum and toasty grain aromas. Flavor has some chocolate and bread in there. A relatively complex beer but some of the flavors are clashing a little bit in a slightly bitter aspect mid palate.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13439) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2016
75cl bottle. Medium beige head atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some plum, light brown sugar. Medium body, some effervescence, lightly sticky.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
josanguapo (1232) - SPAIN - DEC 1, 2016
From Cervezalandia. At JJs house. Shared in wine glasses. Very foamy but doesnt feel overcarbonated but smooth and light. Not bad but dull and with a bit of acidity

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Torrefacto (1496) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 5, 2016
Caoba oscuro y espuma beis. En aroma el carbnico se come casi todo, fondo acaramelado. Cuerpo medio, pasado de carbonatacin, que se nota tambin en el sabor con una acidez que deriva claramente de eso y un final seco. No la pude acabar.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (1611) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JAN 25, 2016
Dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma has some spicy yeast, dark sugar and some dark, tart fruits. Taste starts slightly tart and fruity, a bit of sugar but not really sweet and finishes dry and spicy. Body is highly effervescent, medium and quite dry on the aftertaste. Not bad but it isnt really my style of beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2334) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
On tap at the brewery 12/5/15. Flavors of chocolate, toffee, dark fruit. Tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3580) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2015
750 ml bottle
Discovered in the back of the cellar, this release might have been a bit past its Best By date when I cracked it open. Even so I dont think I will be giving it a second chance due to the underwhelming experience and sheer number of alternatives (such as Great Lakes Christmas Ale). Hopefully other Blue Mountain beers are more representative of their approach to brewing.

Aroma / Appearance - A heady ochre pillar of foam surges to the top of the glass before beginning to ebb into a dusky black core with chestnut fringes. Peppermint, walnuts, and dry oak rise upwards on a wave of soothing vanilla.

Flavor / Palate - Bubbly generic cola mixed with spicy nutmeg tickles the palate before a quick transition to a nutty clean finish. The light body detracts a bit from the enjoyment but does make this unremarkable release a bit easier to finish. Ultimately though with so many other choices I dont think I would try it again even if Blue Mountain was one of my locals.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2015
bottle pour at beergeek beer shop. reddish shade of amber with a light haze and a fluffy off-white head; aroma of candied fruits and cake dough; hints of earthy spice from the yeast, white grapeskin, slightly gluggy cookie dough; not a bad effort

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (5536) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep coca-cola-hued clear brown body with a large cloudy off-white head. Nose is nuts, spices, nougat and hints of caramel, toffee and Belgian candi sugar. Taste is caramel, candi sugars, coca-cola, spices, bark and hints of burnt sugar, herbs and chocolate. Full body, high carbonation. Nice Xmas-like Belgian ale, but not exceptional.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hansen (8489) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2015
Seems a bit too old. AMber coloured, hazy. Has a white head, medium duration. Aroma is sweet, toasted, yeasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
back (1975) - Holstebro, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2015
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