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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our traditional Christmas Ale, brewed with Pale, Wheat, Munich and Dextrine malts and hopped with Magnum and Styrian Goldings varieties. Delicately spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, mace and pure vanilla extract.

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3.8
willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2006
01.21.06 Bomber thanks to DarkElf. Glowing amber pour with small beige head. Aroma is a real kick in the pants, and not at all expected with juniper berries, some sudsy dish soap, corriander, vanilla, allspice, and quite yeasty with that. Plenty floral to me, somewhat perfumed, and maybe way overdone...but what the hell, I really liked this stuff. Many who know my affinity for the bizarre should not be surprised. Notes of orange flavored tea mixed in with the floral weirdness. Strange that everyone else at the tasting noted nutmeg, but I did not. Fun beer, thanks Stephen.

3.8
Ratman197 (15452) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bomber poured a clear gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of citrus, spice, hint of vanilla and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Fl;avors of lemon, light spice, some barnyard and a hint of vanilla with a lingering lightly tart moderatly bitter finish.

3.8
hopscotch (11311) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Bottle… Mostly clear, golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Smells like a blend of ginger bread and pumpkin pie with a buttery graham crust. Full-bodied and creamy with prickly carbonation. Tastes like liquid autumn. Sweet, rich and spicy. Very lightly acidic. Finishes spicy and dry. Very nice!

3.7
MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2002
2001 varietal. Cloudy, palge golden color, pours to a good head that lingers. Scent is floral and piney. Initial flavor is very hoppy, with a pleasing nuttiness to the bitters. Well balanced with some fruitiness in the malts. Good creamy mouthfeel.

3.7
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2002
Golden copper color with little head. Spiced mango aroma. You can taste the nutmeg and mace pretty clearly, not so much the vanilla and cinnamon. Fruity finish. Interesting balance in that you can taste the fruit and the spice at the same time, but they don't feel like the same flavor -- they seem separate. One is in the foreground, then it moves aside quickly for the other. Interesting and pleasant.

3.7
3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2005 Murky glowing orange color with a distinctive scent of coriander and wheat. While not very complex, the nose, I think, has a fantastic semi-sour citrus grapefruit scent to it, along with a smattering of light spices and wheat bread, rounded out by what I can best describe as a pseudo-Belgian yeast scent. I don’t get the cinnamon and nutmeg and vanilla individually so much as a more comprehensive "spicy Belgian-style yeast" scent that is common in trippel and some Belgian whites. Squash-like flavor, with some moldy or aged orange and lemons. I actually like the sour and milky flavors I’m getting from this - soapy almost, but again I like that sort of thing in wheats and belgian whites. Good stuff... but why a summertime beer released in the winter?

3.7
Oakes (19013) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 Cloudy amber, vibrant-looking. The aroma is heavily spicy - ginger, orange, cinnamon oils, herbal hop and lightly bready malts. Full cinnamon/ginger taste, mace, some bready malts and soft bitterness. I like where this goes, even if the cinnamon and mace oils are a little heavy-handed.

3.7
omhper (25808) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2006
Bottled (1994 vintage). Hazy amber colour. Aroma of nutmeg, orange, lemon and papery malt. Dryish with interesting, gently oxidized malt character and sparkling mouthfeel. Low bitterness. Still fresh and alive, I liked it!

3.7
Ungstrup (38587) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2007
Botled. A hazy orange-amber beer with a beige head. The aroma is sweet spicy with junipers standing out, but also with lighter notes of wheaty and fruit. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of fruit as well as a touch of juniper, leading to a dry spicy finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

3.7
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Really dug this beer, believe it or not. Not overly spicy. I was hoping for it to not have too much hops, and it didn’t. I was impressed with this. Very refreshing for a holiday spiced ale.


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