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RATINGS: 827   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

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3.9
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a medium amber color from a 750ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet, with a touch of spiciness. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. There is a touch of funk here, kind of subdued. The hops are earthy. This beer has a very nice spiciness to it, it balances the sweetness well and add some interesting flavors. It’s a little funky and a touch tart/sour. It will be interesting to see if it changes with some bottle aging. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.6
jimhilt (2610) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Pours barely a one finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight fruity nose. Flavor fruity, tart with hints of sweetness, clean, drying finish. High ABV is hidden. $11.50 for a 750ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Oregon City, Or. Blend 4/2007.

4.3
vyvvy (6476) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Blend 3 / 2007 - Pours very dark brown with a deep dark red hue with a sudsy tan head. The aroma has lots of tart funkiness, clean berry sweetness, light leather, barnyard, peppery spice and light vinegar. Medium grainy body with very light carbonation, especially considering the brewery its from. Starts with dark malt infused with very pleasant tart funk, grainy barnyard spice and brett-like yeastiness. The finish has dry tartness, peppery spice and comes of a bit Fantome-ish. As the beer warms some creamy nuttiness comes into the mix - fantastic (9/4/9/3/18 - 4.3) <P> Blend 4 / 2007 - The appearance is the same as blend three. The aroma is heavier on fruitiness, mainly cherries along with dry red wine and very funky barnyard yeastiness. The aroma is also a lot woodier than blend three. Medium smooth velvety body with very minimal soft carbonation. The flavor starts with sweet cherries that is s cross between cherry juice and a dry red wine with wild yeast infusion. The barnyard fund and graininess is very light is comparison to blend three. The finish also has a very cherry flavor. (10/4/8/4/17 - 4.3) <P> The aroma on four was outstanding and better than three, but the taste with blend three had much more character and complexity than four at this point. It will be interesting to see how these are doing with a bit of age on them.

3.8
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2007
(750ml bottle, Blend 1) Pours a cloudy mahogany body with an average-sized dense off-white head. Aroma of melon, wood, barnyard, tea leaves, oregano, spruce, and light cherry. Flavor of tea, cherry, dried berries, plum, red grapes, caramel, and light tobacco.

4
heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Blend #3 2007, purchased at Corral Liquors in Granite City, IL. The brownish red body made this one look inviting. The aroma was like funky peanut butter with some sour cherries. The taste was sour and woody with some grassy goodness. As I drank some more, I got a little bit of orange marmalade.

4
Enniskillen (2055) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Blend 2, 2007. Body is a brown with a nice light tan colored head. Aroma is a light fruitiness (cherries) followed by some brett sourness light yeastiness. Taste is a citrus, and grapefruit mixture with a light yeastiness and fruit. Good mild BSA.

3.8
IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
750 ml bottle from Styles; Blend 2, 2007; Nose of bretty tartness, cherries, nutmegy spices, and sour apples; Cloudy dark brown with a big, glass-lacing straw head; flavor of horseblanket, crabapple sourness, (both light and non overpowering at all), spices, and caramelized brown sugar; finish a nice light brett tartness. Typical Jolly Pumpkin!

4.1
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Blend 3, 2007... Appears a dark mahogany with a small beige head that slowly fades out and leaves streaky lacing around the glass. Smell is of brett, tart citrus, cherries, vanilla, plums, lemony zest, earthy notes, and brown sugar. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some standout earthy mushroom, plum, and caramel flavors coming through on top of the brown sugar base. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart/sugary, well balanced.

3.9
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle Blend 1. Body-dark almandine with a quarter inch foamy head. Nose-woody, sour La Folie like nose, light funk, unsweet apple juice, pot roast spices, light vegetable rot (in a good way), light urea. Taste-thin horse, black tea, cherry, medium wood tannins, light cheap Chardonnay, raw leather, kind of squash like vegetables, corn water, malt vinegar, slightly astringent tea like tannins really come out and dominate. Very complex and layered. I am very surprised by the malt vinegar/tea flavor combination.

4
Ratman197 (14838) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2007
750 ml green bottle Batch 1 poured a clear dark mahogany with a lasting amber head. Aromas of tart citrus, oak, light spice and hints of cherry. Palate was medium bodied crisp and slightly tart. Flavors of oak, cherry, grape, light spice and some vinous notes with a crisp lingering lightly tart finish.
One of the best Christmas beers I’ve had this season!


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