17Beer (425) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2017 GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I really wanted to like this beer more, but it had a strong cough syrup quality to it. It did get better as I drank more of it, with subtle hints of toffee or cocoa, but still not great.
12 oz bottle. Big alcohol scents with cherry and yeast. It pours a red brown with an off-white head or microbubbles. Big yeast flavors with a kirsch-like alcohol flavor. Not my favorite expression of the style. dawgdick (4) - - DEC 10, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2017 I highly recommend this beer at Xmas time, for the cherries and honey flava, and the 11% ABV make even the most shrewish mother in law tolerable. But if you drink it back to back with a Belgian Xmas Ale like St B, the presence of its more marginal characteristics rise to salience. shawnmurphy (617) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2017
12-ounce bottle pours bright, clear ruby-red with a spritz of tan head and lacing. Aroma: cherries, honey, some barnyard. Flavor: malt-forward (grenadine, honey, cherry cough syrup) with sour cherries, white pepper, allspice, cinnamon, clove, Belgian barnyard yeastiness. Mouthfeel: full-bodied, oily with a warm boozy finish. thegreenrooster (4584) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2017
Pour is a dark ruby red with a large tan head that goes away quickly. Aroma is a pleasant dark fruit with some bitter bakers chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is dark fruit, brown sugar and sweet molasses. I also get some alcohol heat after the swallow. It's starting to get a bit warm in here. This was a fine winter warmer. Lots of tasty sweet dark fruit like sugar plums. A little alcohol heat is the only thing to get in the way but hopefully after some time on it that will fade. orduckms (2) - - NOV 11, 2017 does not count
Love this beer, at 11 percent your not going to find many that taste as good as this does. A little sweet but to be expected. This is what beer is all about!
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GregMooreNH (161) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2017
Pours dark red amber with a foamy head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is heavy tart cherry with a touch of honey coming through. Taste is instantly tart cherry that works back to honey and nutmeg. Aftertaste is back to cherries with a smooth finish. An excellent holiday ale. aaronpetersen (8) - - SEP 2, 2017 does not count
Copper with light white head. Expected more carbonation for a Belgian style. Banana esters and caramel aroma, same for flavour. Mostly banana. Can't detect honey or cherry. Slight warming booze.
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Definitely one of the first and better spiced holiday ale. Deep red color. Nice yeasts, spice, and barley. Thick mouth feel. Lots of residual sugars. Tap... and bottle 3.9 for too strong. iceman15658 (145) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2017
12oz bottle. Deep coppery red. cherry aroma. This beer has a strong alcohol flavor, more than expected, a nice change of pace brew vipinvelp (4553) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2017
Clear dark amber, small off-white lacing foam head. Decent aroma, barley, honey and dark fruits. Wanming strong in taste, complex taste. Good. (Houston 201705)