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|St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
Pours a dark brown hue. The brew is dominated by malty notes in a
background of holiday spices, nutmeg, molasses, and brown sugar. From
fist sip a smoothness emerges with cherry and light fig notes. A lingering
spice finish maintains for a full flavored finish. Everything a Christmas
ale should be from this Belgium brewery. 10% ABV so sip slowly.
Overall rating: very good
|Allagash Fluxus 2009
Brewed with sweet potatoes and black pepper pours a hazy
golden color with a light beige head. The nose brings a grainy
aroma w/ light yeast ester. Belgian yeast flavors jump out at
first sip along with subtle pepper and light candy. The finish
brings light toasted malt,caramel, pepper, and faint tropical
fruit accents. The sweet potato is hard to find. Interesting brew.
Overall Rating - above average.
This ruby colored brew weighs in at 12% and
will surely warm any chilly night. The nose
brings vodka and fruit notes. Sweet
caramel, plum, cherry and raisin flavors
dominate quickly come to the fore. No hops
to be found. The finish adds notes of
candied sugar, spices, and Belgian yeast.
The alcohol is fairly well hidden throughout.
A complex, hearty brew.
Overall rating - good