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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The third verse of our "Twelve Beers of Christmas" saga incorporates vinous and oaky notes into a bold and spicy dark ale. Happy Holidays!

75% Belgian-Style Dark Ale,25% Ale Aged in French Oak Barrels

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3.5
yngwie (17261) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 7, 2012
Bottle, 75cl. Almost clear, amber to brown in color and topped by a dense, finger-thick beige head. Dried fruits and a herbal touch in the aroma. Quite sweet on the palate, with dried fruits and some alcohol. Full-bodied and pleasantly carbonated. Dried fruits in the finish, as well as some sugar and a touch of herbs. Overall, a nice one, but too sweet I think. 110826

3.2
bth122 (1678) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2012
Poured a reddish brown color, medium head. The label says ages for 9 years. Hmm mine is aged 90 minutes since in bought it. Aroma is spice, raisin, herbs, pretty sweet, lite bitter, slight sour. Medium body, creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Taste of dark fruits and begium yeast and candy, but something is off about it. Slight sour tones. Apple maybe. I don’t get any oak whatsoever. Overly sweet.

2.8
jackl (8446) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle. Cheers Suprchunk. Deep brown color with a moderate, active off-white head. The nose is quite sugary, spicy, plenty of wood and toffee. The taste is a bit suprising - metallic shock followed by heavy sweet toffee flavors. Yeast. More wood. Sticky texture. Overall, unbalanced and not particularly impressive.

2.6
suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Dark toffee colored pour. Slight off-white head. Minimal lacing. Big malty aroma. Smells like a barley wine. Syrupy. Malty flavor. Too sweet. Was expecting a good beer but was disappointed. Way too sweet and cloying.

4
esp0r (2931) - NORWAY - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle shared at Olympen

Dark brown, big tanned head. Smells of malts, raisins, alcohol and blueberries. Full bodied, taste has tons of sweetness, also very delicate and good malt flavors. Very oily feel. Some bitter finish. Totally a very nice beer

3.4
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 12/3/2010. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

3 French Hens pours a soft walnut brown color, opaque in the middle but somewhat transparent around the dges. A bubbly tan head forms with a good pour, staying around for a bit and leaving a few touches of lacing.

Caramel malt, dark fruit - figs, dates, and raisins, and an herbal hop presence complete the nose.

The flavor starts out really sweet, almost cloyingly so, with dark fruit - mostly the same fig,date, and raisin that was there in the aroma, almost with a caramel sweetness. It turns actually citrusy and tart, which I would not have expected. A dash of spice and herbal hops at the end provide for an interesting finish.

Oily and sticky at the same time. Lemony mouth pucker.

One serving is enough, although I liked the unique flavor. Maybe some time on it would help out?

4
gunnfryd (15330) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is licorice, fruit, spices, malt. Flavour is licorice, fruit, alcohol, berries, spices, malt. Full body. Nice beer.

4.1
superspak (6086) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2012
750 ml bottle into tulip, bottled Dec 2010. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense dark khaki head with great retention that reduces to a cap. Some ok lacing on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, grape, apple, molasses, caramel, oak, light cinnamon, and yeast spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big molasses, caramel, raisin, prune, fig, oak, toasted malt, dark candi sugar, nuttiness, light cinnamon, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of molasses, caramel, dark fruits, and spiciness on the finish for a bit. A good amount of complexity and robustness in the taste. Great balance of flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 10%, with only a warming after the finish present. Overall this is an excellent and well balanced Belgian dark ale. Really enjoyed this one.

3.3
radagast83 (8515) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Split the 750ml bottle amongst friends. Got it over a year after it was first released. Poured a reddish brown color with a dense medium sized tan head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, sweet candi sugar, figs and raisins. Good, but still a year later a bit boozy. I wish I had this one when it was fresh. Have a few more to see if it’ll age well.

3.6
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby red color with a beige head. Aroma is of sweet malt, sweet fruity esters of dark fruits, red berries, spices, caramel, green apple, subtle oak and a little alcohol. Flavor follows the nose with fruity and sweet esters of dark fruits, red berries, some sweet and caramel malt, some spice, earthy notes and subtle oak and breadiness. The body is medium with a dry mouthfeel. Overall a solid brew.


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