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RATINGS: 825   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

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4.1
katrinaez (2247) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Tart Vinegar aroma with some yeast. Heavy haze red color. Tart cherries and raspberries up front, like the unripe ones that shouldn’t be picked. Sour and bitter Orange peel taste in the middle and ends on a begium bitter. Mouth is full bit easy to finish. Tap

3.9
thepatrickman (1502) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2015
On draft at York River Landing. Much more of a Belgian sour / lambic than a strong ale or a Christmas ale. Real craftsmanship, with balanced flavors from the malt and the yeast leading to a sour, tasty beer. Extremely good.

4
k0mpsa (3066) - Tuusula, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2015
Tap at mikkeller bar, san francisco. Dark brown color, tanned head. Aroma has sour fruits, pretty much lambic, some chocolate notes. Taste is nice mix of sour lambic and chocolate notes.

2.1
Karstenborg (1145) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2015
Hazy dark brown with a big beige head. Aroma is sour, yeast and malt. Taste is very sour and yeast.

3.7
SG111 (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Tap at the brewpub, Detroit. Pours murky brown, very small ring of tan head. Aroma is sour, dark fruit, fig, malt, little bit of cinnamon, really nice.

3.9
fkoolen (1336) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2015
Draught at Mikkeller, San Francisco. Reddish chestnut brown, creamy beige head. Sour cherry and apples, mildly tard, herbal, cinnamon, caramel malty. Finish is dry but short, sadly considering the alcohol grade. Light-medium body and low carbonation.

4
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Pours a dark golden mahogany with fizzy head. Aromas of fruit, funk, and foeder. Flavors of sour fruit, woody notes, and some earthy notes.

2.5
Holmen2 (4034) - NORWAY - NOV 28, 2015
Backlog. Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 20.05.13. Clear brown. A little lambic/brett in aroma. Taste is at first sour, but then more malt develops. Short aftertaste. Dry. Decent drinkability.

4.2
CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Poured an reddish murcky brownish color with huge tan fluffy head. Carbonation kept head up strong. Aroma of cherries and some raisins. Taste had some funk and wood with the fruits lingering on to the sweet finish. Not a syrup finish just a malty finish.

3.8
chinchill (5314) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2015
750ml bottle served in a Unibroue snifter {from notes). Batch 626. Bottled 9-29-2010. A strong pssst upon opening, and some beer may have been loss in foamy overflow had I not had my glass ready at hand. Pours a very dark brown with reddish highlights. A large, foamy/creamy beige head starts a bit pillowy, and gradually settles to a full covering, leaving gobs of sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma: The rich and complex aroma is woodsy, spicy, fruity and boozy; sweet but with a hint of tart too. Seems every bit of 9% ABV if not higher, but pleasant and inviting nonetheless. T: Mildly tart and bitter from start to finish, but has some sweet fruit too. A bit spicy, including white pepper, nutmeg, salt and allspice with some oak. M: medium-full bodied; near creamy smooth; rather high carbonation that works very well. Some warming from the alcohol both in the mouth and on the way further down. O: A delicious Christmas beer that remains quite enjoyable on this early summer night. True to style; in this case meaning this could pass for a fine Belgian brew but has its own distinct sensory profile.


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