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RATINGS: 832   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

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ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
It smells great - like spice and tart fruit; it tastes complex, like the above plus a sparkling Belgian Dubbel; the problem is that I’d never drink it again. The sparkling dryness is like a dark, tart, clovey champagne... which I am not in the market for.

3.1
RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2007
2007, Blend 2. Quite dark brown pour. Aroma of funk, horse blanket, spices and citrus. Flavor is bone dry with a rather abrasive spiciness.

3.7
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2007
2007, Blend 3. The body is a cloudy, light cola brown color with sienna-red highlights. A large, frothy, cream colored head leaves behind random splotches of lacing. The aroma is ultra-complex and signature Jolly Pumpkin all the way. I picked up alot of funky, dark fruity esters, some cola caramel, new oak, and varied herbs, including refreshing hints of mint and thyme. The flavor profile is the same, with a slightly peppery, funky, fruity finish. The medium body is slightly over-carbonated for my liking, but its not too annoying. Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite JP beers to date. Solid and inventive brew.

3.4
Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Blend 1, 2007. Muddy orange-brown body, chock full of sediment, thick creamy buff head. Good lacing. Aroma much like their other beers, with moderate funk and tartness and an interplay of spices, herbal notes, and oak, mostly indiscernible. Tart body with apple juice and toast, but mostly herbal and spicy, with tart bretty notes and oak. Muddled. Long, herbal finish. In shorthand I wrote "muddy tart spices" which conveys what I thought of this beer, not my favorite JP offering.

3.5
dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle Xmas throwdown 07. Dark red pour with a thin white head. Spicy Xmas flavors like dark fruit and vanilla along with some sour apple. Taste is a nice blend of cinnamon, vanilla, dark fruit, and sour apple. I find it a little odd, yet interesting nonetheless.

4
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2007
750 ml courtesy/split with Naka. 2007, Blend 2. Pours clear amber with red and brown hues. Huge head, two-plus fingers caramel brown head. Nose is sour cherries, with apple, a hint of vanilla and oak. Tastes of caramel malt and spice, some brett tartness that is reminiscent of sour cherries, apple, raisin, grapes and other dark fruit. There is a hint of oak, with a touch of bourbon. Finish is bitter and sour, repeating in a cyclical fashion well into the after. A damn tasty brew. Nice mouthfeel and carb, looks great.

3.4
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Pours an amber brown color with a brown head. Aroma is brett, vanilla, wood, and some tartness. Flavor is malt, spice, brett, and a bitter spicy finish.

4.2
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2007
I think this shared by Dickinsonbeer, go figure! Lightly hazy brown with some red highlights. Aroma: very nice, brett, sour cherry, with light raisin and sweet caramel. Taste is great, very well balanced between bretty, sour cherry, molasses and spices. Great funked out belgian strong.

3.5
DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2007
poured kind of a translucent red color.Lots of funk on the nose.Definately sour fruits on the flavor.Finished of funky and warming.

4
User37895 (3085) - - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle from SL, Blend 3, 2007, shoulda grabbed two. Poured a full red-brown color, somewhat translucent, nice one finger initial head, diminishing to a thin covering afterwards. Aroma of bret, funk, full fruity notes (sour cherries, slight apples, strawberries), and a peppery accent as it warmed. The flavor followed the aroma, some sweet-sour plays going on, more sour than sweet, yet the balance was striking and enjoyable for a "belgian strong," with the acidity and sour notes keeping this quite drinkable and well short of sticky or sweet, yet far from lambic-like. A fairly malty sour style brew, the alcohol also quite high, yet not noticeable in the aroma or flavor profile. Somewhat Flemish-sour to saison like, darned enjoyable, as I turn more and more into a bret freak.


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