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RATINGS: 1395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottle: Unfiltered
Previously 8.1%
Ingredients: Pale, Munich and Caramunich malts; Kent Goldings hops.
This is a rich, dark, joyous brew with which to celebrate the holiday season. It’s aroma of chocolate malt and spiciness is reminiscent of the wonderful smells of holiday baking in Mom’s kitchen. Silky smooth on the palate, it’s predominantly malty, with smoky, spicy and citrusy notes and a long, lingering finish that is lightly tart and malty. Bottle conditioned for a fresh, lively taste. Round and well balanced, it’s a welcome addition for holiday tables and beyond.
Sold as King’s Blue in Norway.

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EBates (5) - Maumee, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2005 does not count
Bought in eight pack of 250 ml bottles with Corsendonk Christmas glass. Color is a dark reddish-brown with a tan head that lasts a minute or two. Solid spicy fruit in the nose. Same in the flavor with a good amount sweetness and nice malt character. Reminds me of a bolder version of their Abbey Brown ale.

larsga (7679) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2005
Huge, offwhite head over clear dark ruby body. Aroma is strong, and cool, full of sweetness, stale hops, coriander, and other spices. Taste is clean and light, initially, but quickly gives way to spices (pepper, cinnamon, and who knows what else), but the mouthfeel is a little watery (possibly because of what I had before this beer). Faintly reminiscent of wine, also has some lingering burntness. Overall a good Belgian.

Sigmund (8025) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2005
750 ml corked "champagne" style bottle, packed in metal gift box. Now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet). Very dark reddish brown colour, slightly hazy. Moderate tan head. Very nice aroma of Christmas spices, oak, raisins, old sherry, toffee and treacle. Flavour is very malty sweet, plenty of caramel and some spices, hints of smoke, tart/bitter finish. Fizzy mouthfeel - due to the aggressive carbonation and tart finish this beer was not a "silky smooth" experience for me. I actually preferred du Bocq’s Regal Christmas to this one (haven’t tried them side by side, though). R.C. is also somewhat less expensive.

roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Pours a nice clear dark brown burgundy color with a large amount of froathy manilla head. Aroma is a little flat: slightly sweet, mellow yeast and spices, raisins, and slight sour orange scent. Flavor is sour, bananna, sour grapes, coriander with a smooth malty finish. Overall, I thought it could have been better.

presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2005
Big fluffy, lasting pillow head. Gentle spice aroma. Full body, touch of sourness, warm malty flavour. Silky, malty but not a lot of special in it.

fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Pillowy lasting small head. Bronze coloring. Yeasty spicey and slightly malty. It has a spicey bubbly finish. Available at Colonial Spirits in North Acton.

Bart (2936) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 12, 2005
Average off white head. strong herby aroma, hints of alcohol, fruit (banana). Full body, creamy, with a light bitter finish. sweet and bitter. Nice Christmas Ale.

Skinnyviking (9767) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Bottle 2005. White head. Very dark brown, Scent of oranges. Coriander, liqorice. Sweet long aftertaste. Well done.

bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 this IS silky smooth. Drinks very light for a darker brew. VERY nice long lingering finish just as the commerical description promises. Malty and just plain good.

KnutAlbert (6798) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2005
Full taste, nice bitterness in the finish. A proper Belgian ale, though not particularly Christmas-oriented except in the packaging. Quite similar to Delirium Christmas.

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