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From Bottles to Growlers- beer reviews by SANDY FELD, certified taster
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.
Having sampled well over 3,500 different beers in my
capacity as a fully certified taster I can promise
honest, thoughtful, and careful evaluations.  However,
remember that these reviews are totally subjective.  
Consider this column an informative resource only.  
The bottom line is to trust your own judgment and
keep drinking!  

Sandy
Beers Reviewed
Scaldis Noel

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
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