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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This wheat based farmhouse-style Christmas Ale is smooth and cloudy. Deeply kilned Belgian malts and our rustic farmhouse yeast come together to provide a bone-dry, warming richness with notes of dark fruit, wet stone, leather, and tobacco. In Season when ‘tis the Season.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Light cherry and faint caramelized grain. Background spice and a nice dryness after a medium body. Light bitterness. Earthy. Well integrated.


3
nickd717 (4996) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 30, 2017
Draft at the Sovereign. Dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is winter spice, roast, pumpernickel. Flavor has pumpernickel bread, allspice. Medium sweet, tingly. Medium body, lacks carbonation. Ok.

3.9
AirForceHops (8026) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2017
Draft at York River Landing. Deep brown appearance with a thin white head. Aroma of spice, dark bread, and yeast. Flavor is very straight- forward. Dark bready pumpernickel base, mild subtle spice, with a zesty finish. Body is on the lighter side and crisp.

3.4
Maverick34 (3389) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2017 draft from church key. brownish pour. a bit of a yeast funk and floral with spiciness

3.6
ClarkVV (6941) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Draught at the Dive Bar, 1/30/16.
Mildly hazy, dark amber-mahogany body is topped by a light beige head that is small and fades to a ring (looks exactly like the beer pictured).
Dried fruits (cranberry, raisin, cherry and such) in the nose give some poignancy and also a little vintage feel to it, with vanilla, earth, black pepper and very light toffee. It’s certainly not sweet or heavily malty and does lean on the yeast esters, which is appreciated. Alcohol mixes with the esters to build intensity but the finish just sort of lingers. Mildly fruity, with definite earthiness and musty, damp cellar.
This is a bizarre beer. No way around it. Doesn’t have the maltiness that many Christmas saisons have and yet it’s not thin or light. The "wet stone and leather" suggestions from the commercial deScription may sound a bit ridiculous (moreso the wet stone) but it’s definitely got something like that going on. It’s like a wet rock with some moist earth on it also dipped in black pepper. The fruitiness quite boisterously keeps this thing from being just one big musty mess, but it’s still quite challenging. Medium-low carbonation wtih some slickness and some breadiness to the texture. Strong, but yet not sweet or alcoholic. Definitely interesting and unique and one I don’t feel I’ve wrapped my palate around despite having a full glass.

3.6
corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Pours a dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a one finger, off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Slightly spicy aroma with subtle farmhouse funk and dark fruit notes. Slightly medicinal with some zesty pepper and cinnamon spice followed by sweet caramel malt, bread, toffee, raisin and cherry juice. On the lighter end of medium body with a crisp, zesty spice presence countered by sweet vinous fruits and subtle farmhouse yeast. Peppery with some cinnamon and nutmeg followed by subtle earthy funk and a sweet, vinous dark fruit presence. Lots of sweet cherry along with subtle grape, currant and other dark berries. Really nice balance and the high ABV is well masked making it very easy to drink. This beer was a pleasant surprise and I look forward to drinking it again sometime.

3.9
luttonm (6953) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Draft at Churchkey, DC. Dark reddish brown, tall foam. Sweet red malt. Balanced, a little tartness and spice in finish. Rich alc. Tasty warmer.

3.1
solidfunk (9729) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Kind of odd. Some light smoke aroma here. Pours murky brown with OK head and lacing. Light bitter finish. Not a huge fan. Tap at Churchkey.

3.4
GenDV138 (7828) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Reddish amber with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, malt. Tastes of dark fruit, citrus, caramel, light spice. Medium body with a dry finish.

3
ippopotamo36 (2622) - Rome, ITALY - OCT 3, 2014
At Eurhop festival in Rome-ITALY. Pours amber and vivid, cloudy with a minimal tan foam. Nose: sour notes (?), farmhouse feel. Mouth has pungent tartness and bit of Amber malts but watery although refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
Gaultier (1904) - SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2014
Tap @ Mikkeller & Friends. Aroma: Fruity, caramel. Taste: Fruity, acidic, cherries. Body is medium, the finish is quite short.


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