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RATINGS: 1157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast , this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the character of this Ale.

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4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlioi (24) - - FEB 11, 2015
This is Christmas in your mouth. It has lots of spice, a nice kick of alcohol, and it's got a nice smell. It's a fun holiday beer, definitely one of the best Christmas ones.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ej1oo1 (25) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Sweet and tasty. I probably couldn’t drink a ton but definitely a good taste. Good time.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (9181) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
24/I/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, winter season 2012-2013 (2015-106) Thanks to Nate for the bottle!

Clear ruby red beer, aery big off-white to beige irregular head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, dried fruits, candied fruits, Christmas fruitcake, raisins. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, sugary, fruity, quite some yeast, slightly sour, bit of chocolate. Aftertaste: soft subtle chocolaty notes, candied fruits, bubble gum, sugary, bit alcohol, some honey, soft bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (7460) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2015
@ Birdsall house . Pours clear , very dark amber . Small white head . Smell is sweet , unintense . Taste is bitter , herbal , sweet amber malts . Sharp , bit metallic . Very boozy for its ABV and a bit of a letdown after hearing raves over this ...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JefVerstraete (3194) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle from tderoeck. Many thanks! Red/amber colour, white foam. Soft carbonation. Syrupy, honey, sweet cherries, caramel. Malty body. Very sweet and sticky. Not the best.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hunter_Wilde (1) - - JAN 27, 2015 does not count
Nice color, very sweet and kind of alcohol forward, but it all works somehow.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7562) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Keg @ Johnny Brenda’s. Deep Amber with a small head. Nose is caramelized apples, fruity esters. Spice. Grain. Hot booziness. Similar flavors. Sliced apples, rich toffee. Hot finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
orvalgold (49) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2015
so shocked that i have not reviewed this before. Its the epitome of the holidays especially in PA. the beers Belgian spiciness jumps out of the bottle once opened. the head never seems to hold up in this ruby amber colored ale. the aromatics are strongly spice driven with a beautiful sweetness from the malt and i am sure the honey. i believe the cherry notes come through as well but seem to back up the malt profile. big bright clean malt character with a zesty spiciness that melds with the med/high carbonation. the alcohol is well apparent but most often well deserved fighting the cold winter months away. at times a slight vanilla note will show up. This is certainly a beer i will always keep in the fridge during the holidays.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
beersammich (76) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Pours a nice dark amber color, with small head, carbonation seems fairly low. Smell is a very nice cherry and honey smell. Taste is sweet, in my opinion a little too sweet. Small hints of cherry and I found a warming alcohol finish. Not a bad beer, just not really my style. I had from a bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joecon (33) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2015
A delicious beer. Amazing taste. Would not know that it was 11% alcohol. My wife and I actually detected a taste of bourbon. Good stuff! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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