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RATINGS: 1112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2012
12oz Bottle. The pour was a clear ruby red with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated rapidly, down to a small collar with a wisp of residue left floating on top and poor runny lacing. The aroma was upfront with a nice cherry scent along with a light bread malt and a sweet yeast and had notes of honey, cinnamon, a bit of spice and a little more than mild alcohol tinge. The taste was fruity sweet and a very lightly malty with a touch of cherry and honey throughout, with the finish becoming rather yeasty with a hint of cinnamon and a slight spicy alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a decently long time following the swallow, having a nice yeasty and fruity cherry taste along with a mild alcohol warming sensation left behind. Mouthfeel was a few shades above light in body and dry in texture with an almost prickly carbonation. Overall I found this brew to be exceptionally tasty with a good fruity flavor that was blended very well with the yeast and spices, allowing for a very good concealing of the exceptionally high ABV thus creating a superb drinkability. I do believe this is the best Winter Seasonal I have tasted to date, and I want more…


3.4
ehaak26 (744) - - JAN 13, 2018
Bottle from A.J.'s Beer Warehouse. Aroma of chocolate and cherry. Taste is sweet.

3.3
nperry1128 (4) - - DEC 21, 2017 does not count
Drink a couple of these and you will be good to go. Hints of honey and cherries with some alcohol breathing out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
17Beer (447) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2017
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.

4.2
dawgdick (5) - - 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.

3.8
shawnmurphy (665) - 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.

3.8
thegreenrooster (4626) - 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.

4.8
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! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
GregMooreNH (252) - 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.

3.7
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
katrinaez (2355) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2017
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.


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