RATINGS: 747   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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3.5
   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 (9935) - 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 (3172) - 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 (9142) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Year-old bottle, cellared Christmas 2007 and enjoyed Christmastime 2008.

Opens with a faint puff of air and pours a rich coppery caramel with a nice head and big lacing. More pineapple in the aroma than I have seen in almost any other beer, sweet belgian notes, spicy pungency. Still tons of citric hops remaining after a year, pretty mild brett profile. Honey and bready malts, spicy, plenty of tropical fruit. Thick and oily mouthfeel, pretty hot from the alcohol. Curious beer indeed, but entirely enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2008
08 Bottle...murky brown in color with no head. Nose is big on ripe apple, fresh mint, belgian sugar and a bit of roasted malts...medium body. Flavor consists mainly of mixed fruits, apples, caramel malt and some spiced accents. Decent but a bit of a letdown.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokephibroke (312) - Mead, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2008
malty, think, spicy, roasty. Looks nice, copper small head, smells rich.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Thanks to Tom for sharing. Wacky brew. Funky, spicy nose. Notes of cinnamon, brett, cloves, honey, farmhouse, barnyard, grass and pine. The taste is dry as a bone with tons of spice and funk from the brett. The alcohol is decently hidden as well. Pretty damned good!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark amber with off-white head. Some lacing. Aroma is essentially floral hops and spices. Flavor is similar. No brett is detected in this despite what it says. Nevertheless, the spice character does give this beer something unique. This is a good beer, just not what I was expecting.


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