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style
RATINGS: 57   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 Curaao orange peel and ginger.

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 nice reddish brown color with a nice long lasting head. had fresh on draft at brewers art and it had a nice wintery spice flavor...having it in a growler that was about 2 weeks old it had a much stronger pronounced ginger flavor. went down extremly smoth and easy for a beer of this alcohol content

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius (5154) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Clear, dark woody brown. ginger is the predominant flavor over a sweetish caramel ale. Acidic, fruit. Good bittering. Im such a sucker for gingerbeer. Finishes out with a side-of-the-tongue, spicy, hop bitterness. Medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1932) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2014
On tap at The Corner Stable Columbia. Pours dark brown with beige head. Caramel malt aroma with figs and yeast spiciness. Sweet caramel malt flavor with dark dried fruit flavor of figs and prunes. Some cinnamon and yeasty spiciness in finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6231) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2003
I didn't know how this ws classified until I got home to look at the site. This poured a reddish color with a tan head and some lacing. When I first sniffed it I asked dberger624, "Is this a spiced ale?" While cold there was a sweet aroma of spice, clove, bubblegum and banana. This turned into barnyard funk, bread and sour cherry, when warmed. The taste started out sweet and malty, cherry was always present in the flavor. As it warmed it turned into a sour and slightly tart cherry flavor. In my mind it went from a spice/herb/vegetable to a flemish sour ale. But a mild sour at that, it was very enjoyable. The best Brewers Art brew i've had to date.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1673) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Hazy orange appearance with an average size head that left good lacing on the glass. Yeasty aroma developed as it reapproached room temerature. An herbal, pepper spice taste that was balanced by a fruity, green apple flavor. Slightly bitter, dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Tap at Brewers Art Holiday Beer Tasting 09. Pours a deep dark woody brown with a nice lasting head. Aroma is spicy, ginger, earthy, phenolic, almost an anise kick as well- deep dark toasted malts, light nutty hints and slight chocolate. Flavor is moderate sweet, anise, herbs, spice, gingerbread, and mint green grassy with some nutty slightly burnt malts, caramel and toffee, biscuit as well- airy dry bubbly finish- Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2013
750 mL bottle shared at Slutfest 4. Pours a hazy thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toasted malts, spice, caramel, minth hops. The taste is eggnog spice, herbal hops, faint toffee malts.


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