shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Reminds me of a stronger Belgian Ale with fruity spices mixed in. Nice amber color, decent head, strong flavor. Love the beer! sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 2003: Pours a cloudy cherry color, fine tan head sits atop, absolutely beautiful. Laces like a mutha, all the way down the glass. Smells a bit porter-ish, but with a lot more fruit involved. Tastes like a belgian ale on the front, ends like a porter. Nice smooth palate, not as creamy as possible, but sufficient. Fantastic flavor, warming alchohol, who could ask for more. Very, very good. urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2002
This beer is excellent. OPening the bottle, you get a big whiff of raw hops. In the glass, the aroma is grapefruit and spruce. The flavor is astonishing. Yes, the hop flavor is grapefruit, which many complain about. Here, though, the grapefruit flavor is terribly deep, framing wonderful malt, but without standing apart from the malt. Outstanding integration. "Really really good" says Philly, and so say I. jzzbassman (1631) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2003
The first try of the 2003 vintage: Poured this one into a hurricane style class, which showed off a burgandy colored body with a fluffy brown head. A little less hop presence than the past 2 years, but this one has a more chewy palate. Spices almost like a nice spice cake, with a nice blend of spicy and sweet. I always look forward to this one. lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Wow. This is an excellent brew from Boulevard...makes me wish it was a year-round rather than just a winter seasonal. Aroma is certainly reminiscent of a Belgian abbey dubbel - bananas and cloves are present, along with some scotchiness, spices, and pine. Flavor is sweet up front with a hoppy finish. The hops are very understated but you know they're there - due mostly to "hop-mouth." Palate is nice and full and mouthfeel is very good. A great winter seasonal and one of Boulevard's best...this coming from a guy who thought Zon was a gift from God.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Superb. First, aroma -- I could smell this all day. Beautifully sweet and winter spice on the nose. One of the more aromatic specimens of this variety. Taste is solid as well. Requisite malt base with solid winter spices. But it's 80 F in Arizona! Oh well. A-
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A great winter beer, this is, definately better than most. Reminds me of my favorite, Jubelale, only without the hint of hops.
Pours a nice brown color with a decent tan head, but no lacing.
Smells of spicy malt. I'm detecting a bit of ginger.
Tastes malty, of course, and there's plenty of spice keeping it interesting, with a small touch of hops.
Mouthfeel is nice, thick, and creamy. A bit more hops would give this the perfect accent. Overall this is by far one of the better Winter beers out there. Braudog (6710) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Rusty orange with thin head. Nice hoppy aroma. The beer is pretty nicely hopped with a good citric base, then topped with a nice tree-sappy spiciness on top. Very nice. tbsb (17) - san marcos, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Aroma: nice malt with some sweetness on the nose.
Appearance: beautiful chestnut.
Taste: nice malty taste with a hint of background hops.
Palate: medium mouthfeel. Medium to low carbonation.
Overall: very nice beer. TAR (2760) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Slightly hazed brick-orange. Dense, large-bubbled light tan head. Bottle-conditioned. Very aromatic with cinnamon, red apple, phenols, fig leaf, and herbal hops. Luscious bready, cedary malt undertones with touches of pale malt and evergreen. Spongy, expansive carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. First taste yields a bounty of sweet malts, red apples, and alcohol. Bready malt richness gathers momentum at the center, enveloping the holiday spices and slick fruitiness. Lightly toasted malts lead the way into the finish with faint herbal and medicinal notes at the back of the throat. Subdued earthy hops linger with baked apples, fruitcake, and nutmeg. All in all, a stunning display of rich malts and warming spices. Stupendous Holiday seasonal.