RATINGS: 752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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And so the Three Wise Men set out from the East bearing gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Along the Way, they followed a bright light. The Bible neglects to mention if they brought beer or not. Who goes crossing the desert without beer? How smart are we to believe these wise men were? Since Christmas is the season of gift giving more than receiving, please be a giver and share the Wisdom found in each and every bottle of our Gift of the Magi.

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Pale amber, slight fog. Faint band-aid and caramel aroma. Lots of character, though somewhat unbalanced. The funk and sticky sweet base work and don’t, like a flawed masterpiece or an aspiring everyday beer. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (27245) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2009
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with a small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel with notes of spices. Fruity flavour of caramel, spices, hops and pine needles with notes of yeast. Hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2009
Det her er en julel. Mrk uklarravfarvet med et hvidt skum. Dufter af karamel, trrede frugter og noget sdt. Smager af chokolade og noget krydderi. Minder om en sdlig belgier uden gr. Tr humlet eftersmag.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
UPDATED: APR 13, 2009 Appearance: Lightly hazy, orangey-amber body with a frothy, off-white head. Smell: Toasted caramel malts with a mild fruit character, spicy-scented hops, and, yes, yes, theres that underlying funky Brett component smelling of wild, voracious molds eating away the dry wall and alcohol-soaked cotton. Taste: Sweet, toasty, creamy caramel maltiness followed by a light apricot fruitiness. Tiniest bit of lemony citrus. Spicy hops with a medium bitterness compounded by a bitter oil taste and ginger heat. Funky, earthy Brett with its barnyard, molded paper flourishes. Grassy kick on the back end. Drying, lightly spicy finish with a bit of alcohol warmth and lingering herbaceousness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight stickiness. Drinkability: Though not my favorite of the Lost Abbey line-up, its still well-rounded and reasonably drinkable as it definitely hides its ABV rather well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Pous a vivid amber/orange color body with a small off-white head. The aroma is a bit spicey with some floral perfumy hops, sweet caramel, and citrus. The flavor starts off with some squash and pumpkin-like flavors followed by some dry earthy and floral hops. The finish has some sweet and bitter citrus with some very subtle but sweet confectioners sugar notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2009
Bottled thanks to Phil L at beermerchants.com. It pours an interesting burnt orange body, with a spongy off-cream head folding like a cheap hooker who got punched in the stomach. Yes, Joey, that’s the way I play poker too. There’s orange peel, there’s cinnamon but there’s also an sourness (in a healthy, Belgian way) and a fair amount of Brettyness. I had wondered about laying this down for next year - every other sip says I should have done (lose the sharpness, mellow the brett). Yet every other other sip says GREEN LIGHT GO for the fresh spice feel, raw lemon, more funk than a drummer strung out on Bolivian marching powder. There’s warmed turned earth, yesterday’s pissy straw, liquid bread.... it’s fun to drink but just a little, ahem, challenging on the palate. Truth be told, there are times when it feels like it’s sticking in my clack a bit. Was that warm licorice? A cruel and unusual spice that’s been recently relieved all over? Like beeswax on an old oak table, I figure those Yemen resins are there to lift the beer to a higher plain, not to define its soul. I started off intrigued, became disillusioned and now have grudging admiration for certain aspects of its outlook. Insert your own religious allegory here.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (10300) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle that came in the Port Brewing and Lost Abbey boxes of beers from Phil Ls, Beer Merchants, cheers Phil for the nod on when these beers were in, consumed 03-01-09. Pours dark amber bit hazy with an off white head. Aroma is toffee, spice and fruits. Good bitterness, nice sweet citric bitter bite, really quite spicy, some tangerine and toffee also floating about. The bitterness and spices are actually quite numbing at times. Lovely warming beer. A7 A3 F7 P4 OV15 3.6

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3246) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle from Capones. Pours out a cloudy light copper/orange color with a moderate off white head. Aroma is of some caramel, fruit, funk and some spices. Taste is complex and well balanced, citrus fruits some funk, spice and some hop dryness all with a little brett in there also. Well done.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Thanks to Redlight for the taste. Pours a caramel color with a tan pillow of a head. Alcohol is strong in the scent with caramel and orange peel making a presence. Taste is slightly bitter with a nice amount of sweetness and some lemon citrus to round it out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (9325) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle. Medium high fluffy but lasting off-white head. Hazy dark orange body. Sweet and fruity aroma of pears plums and raisins and a hint of alcohol. Flavor dominated by a dry hoppyness with stays for a long time. Alcohol can be spotted but is not too much of a good thing. Fruity flavors in the backgroun. Low carbonation.


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