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RATINGS: 829   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Smells like it would be a pretty tart beer. I was let down by the taste. It’s not horrible but it’s only slightly tart with a dark fruit and cherry notes. It has something a little weird that I wish wasn’t there though.


3.7
hman43 (1821) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2017
It pours brown with a tan head. Head retention is moderately high. The aroma is initially strong with raisins, wine like elements, and a bit of tartness. There are background notes of chocolate, toast, and spice. The flavors are highlighted with moderate sourness. There is an oak character mixed in with raisin, vinous elements, and spices. There are background notes of toast. It has a moderately full body. The finish is tart and dry. Overall, this has a complex blend of various flavor elements, but it's tartness makes it finish more like a sour than a Belgian Strong.

4.2
mhuntsman (12) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2017 On tap at Craft Beer Cellar. Aroma 8/10: Slight alcohol with some yeast funk to it. Also smell some cherry. Appearance 3/5: Very dark with an off white head. Palate 4/5: Well carbonated and medium bodied. Very well done for the style. Taste 9/10: Cherry, funk, yeast, slightly boozy. This is pretty complex and hard for me to describe, but I definitely enjoy it. Relative tart on the finish. Overall 18/20: I enjoy this a lot. It's not the prettiest beer, but my taste buds really enjoy it. 4.2

4.5
Clareeses (175) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2017 On draft at craft beer cellar Clayton. Aroma 9/10: prominent winter spices - clove, cinnamon, along with some wild yeast Appearance 3 /5: dark amber brown with small bubbly head, good lacing on the glass Palate 5/5: moderate to heavy carbonation, perfect to balance the slightly funky and tart mouthfeel Taste 9/10: drinks like the Oro De Calabaza - a classic Saison with the yeast and funk, but with a really lovely winter and barrel aged twist. Hints of overripe plum and fig round this beer out. Overall 19/20: close to a a perfect winter Saison. I think it's hard to get a Saison right for winter; this one has all the aged spicy notes without selling out on those classic pumpkin spice flavors. Final: 4.5

3.7
Learninbeer (654) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Blend 001; Bottled 9/24/15. The aroma is figs, raisins. Pours dark amber brown with off white head slightly lasting and excellent lacing. The taste is light/medium sour. The body is medium, the texture thin, the carbonation fizzy and the finish long. Seems more like a sour than a Belgian Strong Ale.

2.6
Finn (8272) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2017
Flaske 750ml fra Vinmonopolet Tromsø Langnes. Delt med flere under juleølsmaking på Gleipne 17 Nov 17. Mørkerød. Middels høyt skum. Teppelacing. Aroma av kirsebær. Smaken tørket frukt. Syrlig. 0 julestemning.

2.8
Rune (13659) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2017
750ml bottle shared with Egil Børge, Leif, Odd and Finn. Clingy lacing from an off-white head. Dark red-brown body, hazy. Subdued tart and dry aroma of cherry and oak. Sweet and tart taste profile with impact of oak, cheese, dough and cherry skins. Prolonged ending, tart, dry and sweet. Okay, not my kind of Yuletide beer though. (Tasting session of Christmas beers, Tromsø 17.11.2017).

3.9
drpimento (3803) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2017
Stumbled across this beer that I didn't know I had a sticker on the back says bottled on Halloween 2012. Aroma is tart, dark ripe fruits a little malt. Average appearance.. flavor is a like aroma a little more interesting and complex hints of cocoa and Oak. Body is a touch thin. Very good finish and fairly easy drinking for a sour beer.

3.6
Desverger (13204) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2017
[email protected] May 2017, Copenhagen - amber coloured pour with beige head. Medium sweet malty toasty, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cocoa, dried fruity and nutty, wooden accents, spices into the close.

3.6
thorongil2 (3492) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2017
(Tap) clear, bright orange colour with a small beige head; aroma of sourness, wet wood; balanced flavour with a long light sour with a touch of bitter finish

3.6
Borup (15565) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2017
Sample from a bottle. dark amber coloured beer with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of malt, dried fruit, yeast, oak, spice and chocolate.


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