RATINGS: 820   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9993) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
Deep copper brown, brief scanty head. Very skunky sour aroma. Sour cherry, funky earthy hops, spicey, very woody, puckeringly tart finish. Ive had a few sour ales recently, and they can be hard to sort out on the palate, but this came across as having a bit more spicey and woody character rounding out the sour tartness. Interesting and delicious, but not for everyone (half the table turned away from this one!).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle. Pours murky amber Brown. Traditional JP funk and citris. Some oak in the flavor and some light pigmented fruit. A nice dry finish to end glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (13257) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 Bottle from Pailhead. Thanks! Poured muddy brown (though I got the end of the bottle) with a big head. Light retention and excellent lacing. Funky, citrus aroma with notes of horse blanket, lemon, grapefruit and caramel. Very smooth. 7/4/8/4/16

750 mL bottle courtesy of a friend. Pours a clear vibrant red color with a large head. Good head retention and lacing. Fairly funky aroma with a cherry and berry notes, almost like mixed berry lifesavers. Taste is also funky with the same berry lifesavers, citrus, cheese. Slightly vegetal. Soft, lively carbonation. Full bodied. This really hit the spot. 9/4/8/4/17

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Draft at Sputyen. Cloudy brown in color with a little off white head. Dark fruity woody aroma. Caramel vanilla notes. Tart dark fruity flavor. Sour notes. Medium bodied. Finish is dry. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2008
big bottle, Blend 2 2007, pours a dark brown with HUGE fluffy off white head, taste is super awesome and what makes this a winner for me, 3 sips yielded 3 different tastes, first was that immediate sour funk next came the fruits and yeast then following sip hit with the oak and vanilla faint in the end.. this was a nice brew little too bubbly to break into the 4s for me though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2008
bottle 2007 blend 2 - Pours murky brown with a big, foamy head. The aroma is of yeast, some light fruitiness, and sour funk. The flavor is tart and malty with some spices apparent. The oak is very mild. The palate is lively and the finish somewhat dry. Its different, quite drinkable, but not my favorite.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RSRIZZO (1977) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2008
2007 Vintage Blend 1. Aroma has a strong skunk scent to with some fruit in the back. Why the hell did they put this in a green bottle. Color is a solid orange brown with good carbonation and a thick head. Taste is tart and tangy. Starting with a medium body it goes down fizzy. Finish comes in with a fruit cider tartness with a faint oak flavor. After taste is a sour twang. Its a bit funky but at least theres no skunk in the taste.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theisti (4034) - 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.

   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.

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