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 (12839) - 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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2007
Draft. Amber pour. Small white head. Nose is candyish and spicy. Sweet but peppery. The spice ends up dominating, however. Taste is sweet malts, cake, candy sugar, spices, orange peel, yeast and an almost gingerbread man like flavor. Very Christmasy. Body is thick and full. Sticky with low carbonation. Finishes with more spices, candyish notes, and yeast notes. Little too spicy for my personal preferences but still a decent Christmas beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
In short: Tasty and sharp Belgian Strong Ale.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear golden body with a long-lasting off-white head.
In long: Quite a bit of honey flavour in this beer. Full sticky body. Carbonation was appropriately a bit more lively carbonation than most of their other beers. Lots of dry and citric hops in the finish. Some orange peels. Light acidity. Overall pretty sharp and almost aggressive. Probably the best beer I had at this brewpub. Nothing great but it made me glad I visited the pub, it wasnt the first time I hit Rock Bottom, the first time was when my girlfriend dumped me, I lost my job and I was doing little tricks in a dark alley to get some food.

   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5215) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2007
Big bubblegum, light vinegar and fruit aroma. Oaky gold. Clear. medium sweet, boozy, woody, lots of yeast character. Medium light body. Edgy alcohol finish. Warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2007
on tap. poured a golden yellow with almost no head. nose wasnt much but some cloves, mint, tons of belgian candy sugar, and soft hints of caramel. flavor is really sweet but subtle hints of caramel, cloves, and orange and other fruits round it out. still pretty boozy and sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3825) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2014 Flute goblet at the brewpub. Clear slick golden color. Aroma is sweet candy sugar, sweet and thick just like the traditional American tripel. A bit if a vegetal honey character that forms from cloying tripels. Flavor is less cloying helped out bt a nice carbonation. Thus none of that vegetal honey character. Thicker mouthful. Potent stuff. I am fine with sweeter tripels, so I can do this.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Chicago RB. Aroma was a good combination of cloves, banana, and bubblegum. Pretty good flavor, but maybe the alcohol could have been hidden better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NachlamSie (3422) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Draught during my Dark Lord expedition. Pours a bright orange/red with a quaint head. This is surprisingly see-through for the style. The nose is hearty and sweet with loads of yeasty notes. Very sweet smelling, but not too bad with notes of banana and cloves. The mouthfeel is medium heavy and the first thing I notice when taking a sip is that this is much more sugary than the aroma would let on. Cloves abound in the flavor with notes of rye and a light floral touch and a finish akin to bread pudding. As I reach the bottom of the goblet, the sweetness becomes heavy and overbearing. This would be much more enjoyable to me if the rock candy flavor were toned down a notch. Id also say the pint-sized serving is a bit much for something this sweet.

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