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RATINGS: 81   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 House’s Blitzen is a dark ruby-hued ale fermented with Rochefort Trappist brewery’s 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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 28, 2013
THOUGHTS: A little more subtle than I was expecting at first, but it kept improving as it warmed. Very Belgian. Nice and sort of special for Christmas, but not very Christmasy. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark red with a huge, off-white head that mostly lasted and diminished at a painfully slow rate and left good lacing. The aroma was nice but a little weak and contained moderate candi sugar; very light hops; moderate to heavy spicy Belgian yeast; raisin; prune; apple; and cherry. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was moderately acidic and lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was caisugar, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, spicy yeast, cherry, prune, raisin, hints of brown sugar, a little apple, more yeast, slight hops, hints of earthy and metallic hops and yeast and hints of cocoa. The medium body was creamy with soft, but very tingly carbonation and a dry and lightly astringent finish.


3
Travlr (26066) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2017
Draft at the source. Clear maroon amber color, tan head. Aroma of spiced plums. Taste is sweet spiced dark fruit. decent.

3.8
brownaler (706) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Amber body with a slight Nelgian malt profile. Has a pine like and bubbly finish.

3.1
Luvystypotables (2067) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2016
A Belgian yeast aroma with a hint of plum and cheese. Pours a hazy brown plum color with a lasting thin tan head. Tastes of Belgian yeast and plum with a watery feel and watery Belgian yeast finish.

3.5
argo0 (14127) - 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
josanguapo (1918) - SPAIN - DEC 1, 2016
From Cervezalandia. At JJ’s 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
Torrefacto (1756) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 5, 2016
Caoba oscuro y espuma beis. En aroma el carbónico se come casi todo, fondo acaramelado. Cuerpo medio, pasado de carbonatación, que se nota también en el sabor con una acidez que deriva claramente de eso y un final seco. No la pude acabar.

3.3
ciocanelu (2938) - 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 isn’t really my style of beer.

3.5
hershiser2 (3665) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
On tap at the brewery 12/5/15. Flavors of chocolate, toffee, dark fruit. Tasty.

3.2
Brigadier (3750) - 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 don’t 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 don’t think I would try it again even if Blue Mountain was one of my locals.

3.5
motelpogo (8031) - 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


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