RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Its back! St. Nick may be done for the season but Blitzen is just getting started. This high alcohol Belgian style is brewed with amber candy sugar, orange peel, loads of malt and special Belgian yeast to create a complex, exciting and wonderfully aromatic brew.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12841) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Draught at Rock Bottom Chicago. Pours hazy amber with a small frothy white mostly diminishing head, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (straw, cereal), average hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of alcohol, banana, butter and coriander. Full bodied, creamy texture, flat carbonation and a chalky finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness; salty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2006
(06.08.06) On tap at Rockbottom Chicago, Chicago, IL. Poured hazy golden yellow with small white head. No discernable carbonation. Fruity spicy aroma. Medium-to-full bodied ale that starts with moderate malt sweetness with spicy (clove)/fruity (orange peel). Smooth in the mouth. Rich tasting. Finished with light malt fade. A excellent Belgian style strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2006
On tap at Rock Bottom Chicago. Caramely colored pour with a thin bubbled wisp of head that clings desperately to the side of my goblet. The aroma is a fantastic wave of freshly baked banana bread, complete with the cinnimon and mild pepper spice. Some booziness shines through in the aroma, bringing to mind thoughts of banana cream liquore. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky, almost like drinking melted caramels. Quite pleasant, until the heat of the alcohol powers through and destroys my ability to focus on this brews other fine features. Much too hot, otherwise ok. Smack of clover honey and clove.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Draft in a goblet at RB Chicago. Poured a medium dull golden/orange with not much more than a film of beige head. Nose was quite sweet, with bananas, light fruits, and some clove spiciness. Rather seductive flavor profile, just barely keeping the sweetness shy of cloying level... bananas and other light fruits on top, with a little bubblegum and a solid alcohol presence. Medium-bodied, leaving a lot of residual sweetness and cloves at the finish. Very nice brew that really packed a punch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1757) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Usually brew pubs that attempt a BSA or the like it just tastes like rubbing alcohol but not this one. It actually was enjoyable. There was some banana and bubblegum hints like a wit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Served as a sticky, copper-bodied brew with a thin, tan film. Banana shows in aroma and flavor with an obviously high ABV. This one is sticky and warming with a ton of fruity yeasts and esters. Definitely a "slow sipper".

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2400) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Some wheat in the nose; smells like an American or Belgian strong. No visible carbonation. Excellent lace. Good Belgian Strong. Sweet with high alcohol profile. I really like this brew, but am guessing it wont score overly well in style percentile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Chicago. Translucent pale yellow-gold in color with a solid, thin, icy white splotch that covers the head. Aroma digresses with pears, bananas, cloves, linen sheets, golden sweet corn juice and lemons still in the skin, begging to be opened but patient being holed-up. Flavor spins a wonderful 180. Potato bread with fresh flour spatterings cake the mouth. Buttery yeast phenols team with coriander and buttered-rum pudding. Maybe itd be cloying in my early craft beer days, but this babys Stille Nacht nature is basking in glory. Oily, thick, chewy, blanketed palate. Spicy dimension, yet everythings in harmony, finishing with sweet potatoes, clover, coriander and fresh baguettes. Damn, this brewery is at the head of the class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2005
A dark orange color with a quick diminishing head. Smells like sweet dark fruit. Flavor has a fruity and spicey kick followed by a slight alcohol punch. The subtle flavors melded well together which doesnt make anything offensive in this brew. The palate was fairly light and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 A striking looking drink in its goblet, golden orange with a lofty, creamy head. The aroma is quite sweet, very fruity - orange, banana, cherry - with spices and alcohol. The fruits are there in the taste, along with cloves and a peppery spiciness. And alcohol. This finishes on a sticky, swweet alcoholic note. A friendly, warming Belgian strong ale.

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