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RATINGS: 818   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian Christmas ale aged in oak barrels.

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Blend 2, 2009: Strong tall head, ruby brown body unfiltered, aroma is strong brett stank mild acid and a hint at where there once was a malt body, flavor is brett, bitter hop layers without hop flavor, citrus sour tart, mild acid, more sour than I had expected but by no means on the level of geuese, sharp bitters and edgy sours, pilsener malt flavors stand out as well, brett dominated strong ale, very very funky


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2658) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2017
Pours a cloudy dark reddish brown/coppery color with off-white head. Funk, tartness, dark fruits, cherries, yeast, and some oak on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with funk and tartness with some dark fruit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2947) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Deep brick red with a tall head. Tart fruity notes, cherry, light spice, sweet balsamic vinegar, molasses. Medium bodied. Finish is long on the fruit and sour, too. Quite an enjoyable winter sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (867) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Pours a very dark amber with a thinner, creamy looking, beige head that remains for a very long time. The aroma is heavily tart, with spices, cherry, yeast, apple, and minor notes of caramel and cinnamon. The taste is a balance between sour and malt. Cherry and apple tartness along with cinnamon stand out most. Underneath I find fig, spice, yeast, and some chocolate. Its pretty dry and has sour cherry aftertaste. Medium in body here, with a slick texture, and some fizzy carbonation. This is one of the better Christmas beers that Ive found.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Porxu (18) - Sabadell, SPAIN - DEC 16, 2016
Dimarts #olutaste Nice colour between read and brown. Thin head dissapearing quite fast. Balsamic vinegar in both aroma and taste with that appearance of lambrusco that reminds my loved flemish red ales. Pronounced tartness end, and curiously salty.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xmunozsbd (24) - Sabadell, - DEC 14, 2016
Al club de cata del Olut (Sabadell). Impresionante toque de barrica en esta sour. Un vinagre muy agradable. El nombre (Calabaza) no tiene nada que ver con el contenido... s el Noel!! especias encantadoras

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tightslice (1115) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 13, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2016 Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is balsamic vinegar, banana peppers, tart fruit, spiced fruit (maybe some cloves). Taste is tart fruit, balsamic vinegar...wood and red wine. Tannic dry and bitterish finish. This is basically a less sweet version of the Duchess mixed with a dry red wine. Good but hard to hold up against the Duchess.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (2050) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle shared from Logan. 2011 vintage. Lively gusher. Pours cloudy, dark brown, with a giant, foamy, tan head. The aroma is toasted oak, balsamic vinegar, old leather, cloves, and molasses. Sweet and acerbic, with a mild tartness. Medium to heavy body, silky, a little thin, with lively carbonation. Im not sure if this was supposed to be a sour, but it totally works as one. Lively, smooth, and complex.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vighals (3460) - Srumsand, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2016
Vintage 2014. Matt nttebrun med hyt beige skum. Lukter surt, men fles rund. Mrke frukter, trevirke, vanilje og svisker. Fyldig. Sur smak, sure rde br, lett sdme, vanilje, svisker, trevirke. Middels lang. (Schouskjelleren lfestival 2016)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aleksander9 (1456) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2016
Deep red with white head. Funky, spicy and floral. Dry, fruity and acidic finish. Fresh!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (5251) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2016
At Seattle tasting. Malty brown, creamy off-white foam. Malty sour, sweet miso, soft milk chocolate. I say tootsie roll, but this time it isnt an insult. Warm, fizzy, souring Belgian brown character. Bitter finish. Interesting.


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