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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This brown winter ale is brewed with 5 types of malt, noble hops, then subtly spiced with Curaçao orange peel and ginger.

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3.6
lamas (1642) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2014
750mL corked & caged bottle. Date on the side: 10/11/14. Pours a murky light mahogany color with a thick and creamy khaki head. Cherries, plums, figs, caramel, a spicy tang, and a rich bready maltiness feature in the aroma. Medium-bodied and smooth on the way down. The taste starts with a little caramel, toffee, and cola. Dark cherries, plums, and figs follow. Some tangy citrus rinds are present at the end. A spiciness and some warming alcohol are present from start to finish.

3.3
dogfish120love (1335) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Pours a dark brow basically black with a tan white lacing. The flavor is heavily spiced with some chocolate, coffee and yeast funk in the finish

3.3
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle 2013. Dark copper pour with a lot of head. Citrus, orange zest, bread, spice. Light to medium body with sour and bitter finish. Medium carbonation

3.8
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Had no idea this was classified as a Belgian Strong ale when i drank it. Poured a reddish brown, cloudy, tan head, aroma of potent winter spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg as well as clove, flavors were spicy, much like those in a spiced winter beer, with a decent malt backbone, as it warmed it did change slightly with a more prevalent yeasty and fruity flavor being noticed. Odd, yet quite intriguing

3.2
Holdwine (1233) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2003
This ale looked good and started fine, but it went down hill rapidly. Too spicy, weak and wattery. Maybe I got a bad keg. Still a decent drink, but not what I have come to expect from this brewer.

2.6
Bricks (1132) - Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Aroma of skunk and malt. Good visually. A subpar Belgian that tasted past it’s prime.

3.7
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Nice Belgian. Had a slight spice flavor in the start. The alcohol was hidden pretty well.

4.3
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 Brewery says that stylistically this is "close" to an abbey double, but not quite. Big rocky head that lasts all the way down. Big, bold and complex fruit and mouth. Great creamy palate and balanced sweetness. Amazing replication of trappist ale. Captures every element I look for. Surprisingly inexpensive, as well. A Baltimore beer that would hold its own in Brussels.

3.8
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2005
A beer for the Restofus? A fine christmas beer that was hearty and spicy. Clove and ginger evident. A delightful beer from a great bar.

3.6
wilnatp (711) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown amber pour. Burnt sugar, roast, spices with ginger on the finish. Very hearty.


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