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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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This golden Belgian ale will mystify you with its medium body, its subtle malt and hop profiles, and its complex blend of spices. Fruit flavors, produced by a special strain of Belgian yeast, combine with Belgian candied sugar, chamomile, grains of paradise, and cardamom to create an unfiltered ale so intriguing, youíll never want to get to the bottom of the mystery ... or your glass.

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3.2
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/25/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours golden amber color with a nice haze to it. The head is a one finger offwhite color that retains itself poorly, leaving only a collar around the rim of the glass. S: Holy fuck, thatís a shitload of ginger. There seems to be a little bit of spruce and chamomile, as well. Sadly, the spices overpower everything else, basically - but it kind of suits the Christmas spirit with the way it smells. T: The opening flavors are, again, loaded with ginger, chamomile, and slight spruce - even a little pumpkin, seemingly. It turns into a decent but generic Belgian pale after the midtaste. I donít really pick up much Belgian yeast, however. The finish is pleasantly earthy. Itís a bit one note, but nonetheless pleasant. M: Well carbonated with a semi coarse texture. Not nearly as astringent as Iíd expect it to be, but very clean on the finish - clean, but not fully dry. O: Hardly my favorite beer of all time; however itís manages to carve out a niche for itself with its uniqueness. Good for fans of ginger.

3.1
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
12oz bottle. Looks kind of unimpressive. Mostly clear orange color. With a minimal white head, which fizzes away to pretty much nothing. Flavor is pretty nice, though. Good orange - citrus hops, that work well with the spice aromas, here. Medium body. Good lighter carbonation. Easy to drink. Light bitter, some orange zest. Interesting flavor.

3.2
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours orange with a little white head. Aroma is malts and spices with a flavor that matches. Refreshing but nothing special.

3.4
bth122 (1547) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle, pours a golden color with medium head. Spicy aroma with coriander, yeast, candy, orange peel. Medium light sweetness. Finishes quite dry. Not bad stuff. Spice with some lemon zest and belgium yeast.

3.2
jsmerig (1578) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Pours a hazy yellow orange. Aroma of pine needles. Taste is slightly tart with an earthy bitterness. Finish is crisp. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
gripweed57 (2314) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Amber gold color topped by a small white head that disappates almost immediately. Aroma of sweet malt and light citrus with hints of cardamom and cinnamon. Flavor is sweet malt and lots of chamomile. Very fruity and floral. Not much hops or yeast character to speak of. Lacks depth or complexity. Finish is earthy with a light spicy note.

3.5
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2012
(12oz bottle) clear amber gold, lasting fine white head. Nose of tea, cinnamon, candi sugar, lavender, funky. Taste of smooth herbal tea, cinnamon, cream, easy to drink, thin body.

3.1
kassner (1657) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Six pack, nice olden color and ead wit some lacin, spicy frarance, not a bi beer, so a bit thin but drinkable. Sort of a session beer.

3.5
reggiedunlop (3718) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Pours a honey/orange color with a medium lt tan head...nice color...good lacing. Aroma is subtle but has a spiciness reminiscent of ginger ale. Flavor has more going on...grains of paradise and a gingery/thyme like spice (cardamom?)...mild spicy/grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and silky with a dry bitter/spicy finish.

3.7
jgb9348 (6198) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Slightly hazy nice deep copper coloured body with a orange and almost ruby glow wiht a fast-dying, soda-like tan head about a centimetre tall. Aroma of crazy stuff, like cardamom, aniseed, fennelseed, lavender, basil, coriander seed and a bunch of caster sugar and plenty of yeast - pungent smells. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence; Strongish spice notes up front that fade after one or two seconds, tops, showing a ton of yeast, a lot of wheat and other lighter malts and a bit of a sweetness from plain caster sugar. Aftertaste is less complex than I assumed from the smell, but a nice different beer, bordering more on this style than anything else. Overall, within this style itís average as best, but as a biere de garde, Iíd give it a much better ítry to findí review if you really enjoy the style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 01-August-2012 for US$1.79 sampled at home in Washington on 21-October-2012.


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