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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
A Belgian style spiced ale arrives around the Winter Solstice. This is the only beer we conventionally bottle. Limited to about 144 hand filled, hand numbered 22-ounce bottles, this is one you can cellar or enjoy during the holidays.

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furthur (1242) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Draft dampen at brewery, amber beer, ring of white foam. Aroma is banana, clove, spice. Taste is banana, clove, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger (yes, you really can tell!). Palate is light, carbonation average.

Keir (183) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 28, 2015
2007 Bottle. #101/144. Dark clear amber. Very effervescent. Head hanging around like a hooker at a furry convention. A bit of spice and malt on the nose. Spicy, malty flavors. Dry, crisp. Not good, but drinkable.

AmEricanbrew (7065) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 2, 2011
GABBF 2011. Murky amber color/ fleeting ivory head. Big allspice, fall spice, coriander aromas. medium bodied. Smooth clove, allspice, coriander spicy flavors on a toasted caramel base brew- good.

sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2010
The Dan Journal #400. Tasted 8/21/10. 2007 Vintage. 22oz bomber #104/144. Unfiltered and brackish with a brown hue. Bone white head. Aromas of pine, nutmeg, oranges, figs and dried berries. Medium bodied with a big zesty effervescence. Sweet bready malts and tangy tart citrus fruits. Lotta spices and a touch vanilla. Decent stuff.

savnac (2656) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2010
22 oz bottle from 2008, bottle #90 of 144. Pours deep amber with a thick foamy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is lots of sugar, raisins, and spices like nutmeg, cloves and pepper. Flavor is sugary malt with the spices bringing a light bitterness. Medium body, with an active carbonation and a sweet lingering finish. This beer is good but seems a bit unbalanced to me, the spices, sugar and malt are almost fighting in my mouth.

DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
16-Feb-08 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 23-Jan-08 at the brewery) 2007 release, bottle 85 of 144, brewed with cinnamon, nutmet, orange peel and ginger. When first poured, the nose is very funky, kind of stinky feet thing going on, but if left undisturbed in the glass without any swirling, the funky aromas fades into the background, which then allows the spices to emerge. Nutmeg seems to be the dominant aroma, even though this beer has cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel and ginger in it. The spiciness is much more obvious in the flavor. Nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon are readily apparent, but the toasty, lightly roasty malts provide a solid base. Some hop bitterness, but the balance for this beer is mostly from the spices. The body is medium, so it seems a bit thin for a spiced winter ale, especially in the finish. Carbonation is moderate, and spices add zest and dryness to the palate and a clean mouthfeel for a spiced winter ale. Ruddy amber in color, and moderately hazy on the first pour, but subsequent pours are muddy and very murky, with lots of sediment still left in the bottle. Small, off-white head settles quickly to a thin, filmy layer and small ring. Just a few spots of lace on the glass. Some weird aromas initially, but otherwise, a pretty enjoyable spiced ale.

SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
12 oz. bottle, shared by DarkElf. Purs murky brown with a small off-white head and some lace. After sitting a while, the beer exhibits a pleasant spice cake nose, cinnamon clove and breadiness, cardamom and anise. Toasty/roasty malts, clove and nutmeg again, sasparilla, cinnamon, citrus rind and coffee. Medium body with little to no carbonation. Interesting, but didn’t live up to my expectations.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/12/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2006

muddy dark amber, fine beige head, streaks of lace, big peppery spicy aroma that arrives before you pick up the glass with lots of cinamon and clove on a dark malt base, creamy body, lots of spicy flavor, mostly dry with the touch of sweetness well balanced with the earthy spicy character, the spices build up to a bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **4

beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 1, 2007
This Belgian Ale pours a medium brown color from a 22oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty and spicy. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, brown sugar and spices. Herbal and earthy, yeasty and bright. Nice balance. Clove, ginger, coriander and orange peel flavors. There is a lot more here as well. Interesting beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2007
2006, 139/144: 22oz bottle. SPICY!!!! Super clove, cinnamon. Hazy muddy looking. Musty, earthly aroma as well. Flavor of malt. Thin bodied.

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