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RATINGS: 813   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 24, 2008
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil: Nice looking pour of muddy burgundy topped by a light tan ring. Cant see through it at all. Light brett notes in the nose. Some cherry pit, tart raspberry and lemon-rind. Mouthfeel is lacking; has a dull texture. Flavor has a refreshing tartness, some acidic raspberry hints and funky cork notes. The brett is evident, but its lacking something to complete the flavor scale. Maybe it needs time to get more funky/complex? Not bad though.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theisti (3931) - Kansas, USA - APR 24, 2008
750 ml bottle purchased at the incomparable Argonaut in Denver, Colorado. 2007 Vintage Blend 1. Pour is orange brown with an out of control thick tan head made up of very fine carbonation bubbles. Settles eventually into a rocky two inch affair. Aroma of metallic woodiness. Dirt and vegetable spiciness are also on offer. The JP yeast is there too, but very much in the backseat. Interesting nose, quite a bit going on. Taste is a nice sour sharpness initially then transfers to something resembling peanut butter. Peanut butter? Yes, peanut butter. This fades some as it warms. The finish re-introduces the dirt. Not real sure where they were going with this one, hope other blends were better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2008
4/18/08, 2007 vintage Blend Horizontal 1-5. These all look almost exactly alike (except 1, which I will address in due time). But 2 - 4: Raisin colored brown red with a foamy beige head that laces down in fluffy streaks. So that part was easy, no one to the small nuances between each blend.

Blend 1. Pour is a similar raisin-brown-red by a little more murky colored with a head that fades to a filmy look. I actually enjoy this nose the best of all of them. More fruity. Oak Cherries, grapefruit, barnyard, and soapy. The grain and hay isnt as pronounced in this one. Soapy/dirty flavors (oxymoron?) Barnyard, oak, faded hops, dirt, a bad earthy flavor. Finish is so dirty with with old hops. I dont know what happened here, but this isnt to enjoyable. This by far scored the lowest. I dont think anyone finished their glass of this blend. 8/3/5/3/13 = 2.9

Blend 2. Lots of grain/hay in the nose. The funky notes have a more sour edge to them. the oak is less pronounced, but balanced well. Flavors are tart, hay, with dry fruit. Cherries, oak, green grapes, hay. Fruity, but very dry and clean. This one was my favorite. 7/4/8/4/15 = 3.8

Blend 3. Grain/hay sour notes in the nose. The yeast spices were more pronounced. Fruity, sweet, and refreshing flavors: cherries, grain, oak, citrus, and grapes. These become sour and acidic in the finish. But they work well together. 7/4/74/15 = 3.7

Blend 4. More of the hay/grain sour notes in the nose with yeast, and dirty/earthy hops. This one is more spritzy than the others, which I find slightly annoying. Cherries, oak, grapes, acidic and funky with the driest finish of any of the blends. 7/4/7/3/15 = 3.6

Blend 5. Wet grains/hay in the nose, oak with yeast spices and sour notes. Sour barnyard flavors. Oak, grapes, dried fruits, sweet with a dry finish. 7/4/7/3/14 = 3.5

So I guess my order would be Blends 2, 3, 4, 5, then 1. I think its safe to give the recorded score as a 3.7, not factoring in the blend 1 as my average score. A good beer, with some interesting differences between each one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregc (3) - ny, New York, USA - APR 21, 2008 does not count
draft at spuyten duyvil...i really enjoyed this beer....the wild yeast strains give the beer and amazing sour flavor. Nice after notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, green apples and cloves...good dry finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 21, 2008
Draft at Spuyten. Cloudybrown with a small head. Aroma is mostly grape and funky wood. Flavor is slightly tart, somewhat sour with some acidic qualities. Body is light wine-ish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
Thanks to pantanap (secret santa) for this beer. Pours a rich murky brown with large head. Funk nose with some fig and sour apples. Taste is tart and funky with some peppery spices, wet wood and vanilla. Another good bottle from JP.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2008
750 ml. 2007, Blend 1. Pours a dark brown with a small, light tan head. Funky aroma, with wet hay, sour fruit hints. Flavor is a bit tart and dry. Peppery notes at the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
Dark brown pour, somewhat funky tart aroma. A fairly complex brew, with some malty sweetness and sour balance, not much in the hop department. Mouth feel is a bit too watery to hold the flavor profile up. Not bad but I wont be looking around for another bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a large off-white head. Aroma is funky, yeast, some fruit as well, a little wood. Interesting mix of tartness, a little sweetness, and a bit more bitterness than I expected. Palate seems a little thin.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2008
750 (blend 3) from Rodmans, D.C. Big and lustrous pour, as is typical for JP beers, a dark brown body with a lively head. The initial aroma was strong sour apples, with a dusky cinnamon coming in there too. Nice and full palate, with a lot of complexity in the flavor: oak, fig, nutmeg, but mostly the sour apple. I suppose I feel that its not substantively different enough from other JP offerings to merit really high scores. But a typical JP is a great beer, so yeah.


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