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RATINGS: 314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
2013 vintage - 8.5% abv

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3.2
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2008
11.2oz bottle from State Line Liquors (Elkton, MD). Pours chestnut colored, capped with a frothy tan head. Aroma of toffee, spice, tropical fruit, orange, and yeast. Flavor is fairly sweet, with caramel, tropical fruit, and citrus, with highlights of cocoa, clove, and alcohol. Drinkable, but pretty average.

3.4
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 6, 2008
clear dark brown. very bubbly appearance under a large fizzy tan head. aroma of candy sugar, caramel, yeast. flavors of brown sugar, caramel, nuts, and perfect amounts of nutmeg and cinnamon. lots of carbonation with medium body. i really like the spices in this but the high carbonation bugs me and the aroma was only decent.

3.5
thewolf (12592) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle, bought @ BarleyWine, Cph.
Pours muddy brownish amber with a great, creamy, off-white head. Medium duration. Sweet biscuity malts and Belgian sugars, some chocolate and yeast in the aroma. Prunes and red apples as well. Flavour starts with a slight metallic note. But there are good notes of prunes, chocolate, yeast, cinnamon and ginger. Pretty dry and rather nice - especially as it warms.
Earlier Rating: 10/31/2008 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel.
Pours hazy brown with a fine, creamy, off-white head. Fizzes away slowly. Aroma is malty, some yeast, lots of caramel. Some prunes as well. A bit of Christmassy spice. Fine mouthfeel, a bit light perhaps - compared to the ABV. Flavour is actually quite nice, light chocolate, some caramel. A slightly burning bit of alcohol with nice spiciness in the finish. Fine enough BSA, though a bit simple.

4.1
vyvvy (6465) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Looks like I’m going against the grain on this one since I thought it was great. This was like a nice BSA without the candi sugar ~ kind of like a berliner weiss without the syrup or something. Pours nice deep bronze with a pillowy beige head. The aroma has dry caramel, lots of biscuit malt, cinnamon, basement musky funk, minor anise and light Belgium yeastiness. Medium / full body that’s quite rounded with lively carbonation. The flavor starts with cinnamon, nutmeg, dry caramel, crackers, nice earthy yeastiness and overall dryness. The finish continues to be very dry and has some graham cracker characteristics. This is very nice. It reminds me of Brasserie des Rocs without the sweetness ~ both excellent, but the sweetness makes them distinctly different.

3.2
thegreenrooster (4396) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Pour is a dark amber with a huge tan head. Aroma is caramel malts with some spice and corriander. Flavor is deffinalty heavy on the spice. While a good thing it pretty much takes anything else this beer has to offer and hides it. If you looking for a spicy winter warmer than this would be the beer for you other than that this is something to try but not seek out.

3
marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
This amber ale poured with a massive beige head that dissipated rather quickly. There is a harsh brown ale flavor and a very bitter finish.

3.3
Changed (462) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
12 oz bottle, purchased at Finger Lakes Beverage Center, Ithaca NY. Pours dark orange, good size off-white head. Yeasty, some spice flavor. Carbonated mouthfeel. Dry finish, medium body, drinkable, but flavor leaves something to be desired, especially at $3.99 per 12oz. I wouldn’t purchase this again.

3.3
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 19, 2008
33cl bottle purchased in Strasbourg, France: #1900- poured cloudy brownish orange with a full beige lasting head. Aroma of caramel, yeast, and black walnuts. Flavor is mild caramel and nuts with light spiciness. A touch of apple and raisins. Pretty dry and foamy in the mouth. Light bitter finish. Good.

3.5
bhensonb (15190) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Bottle. Dark coppery amber color with a fizzy off-white head. Aromas of darker caramel and yeast spice. Something of the seashore. Near medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is roasted caramel, yeast, spice. Plus a lot of paler stone fruit. Finish is exquisite. Dry, but not dry. Words cannot adequately describe.

3.9
Arayaga2 (2197) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2008
UPDATED: APR 3, 2015 Light brown with 2" tan head and yeasty chunks abound.like wormy particulate. Aroma of pear with some brandy notes. Crisp, appley taste with odd brett flavors and a dry bitter finish. $2/11.2oz


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