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Christmas Ale - The Defiant Brewing Company

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85
very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Defiant Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dherling on 10-05-2006)
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Reviews by Shiredave:
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Shiredave

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gravity poured from a naturally conditioned firkin on the bar at The Golden Rail Ale House in Newburgh.

Well conditioned with a dense clotted head over a murky, red / brown beer.

Aromas of apples, star anise and christmas cookies over the underlying super sweet malt.

Liquid fruit cake flavors of candied fruit and more ( much more!) star anise along with a distinct cider character that reminded me of a Gales Christmas ale ( any year). Big yeast influence is obvious.

Medium to full bodied with a tart cider finish along with some stewed fruit sweetness. Lingering aftertaste of cookie spices and a mild alcohol burn make this decent winter warmer though I suspect this cask was exposed to some warm fermentation/ conditioning temps. resulting in the yeasty apple notes.

Keep those Defiant casks commin!

Serving type: cask

01-13-2008 03:15:41 | More by Shiredave
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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, but has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and dark fruits are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dark fruits along with notes of Belgian yeast and hints of a metallic taste.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Unlike most holiday ales, this beer isn't heavy on the body or is dominated by a multitude of spices that are overpowering.

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1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with a hood and wire cap over a cork served into a nonic pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high, me mate (thanks Adam!) brought this for me from New York.

A: 1.5 finger head of fair cream and thickness, and great retention for the relatively high ABV. Very dark caramel-amber colour.

Sm: Heavy caramel, some spice, cream, chestnuts. Yeast and spice are the dominant and most appealing flavours. She lures you in.

T: Some spice is certainly impactful on the profile - heavily so - but the foundation tends more towards biscuity barley, full in a way rarely experienced in beer. Malts are de-emphasized in favour of barley. Interesting. Some light, uncertain candied sugar. The brewer was a bit timid with that flavour, but it complements the others nicely. Chestnuts make their way in, alongside some sticky fruit esters that subtly die as they approach the midpoint. They're welcome nonetheless. Cream is present but never definitive; it emerges as a tone but not a note. The strength here is the subtlety, which takes forefront over complexity - but this isn't to say that it's simple. It's masterfully balanced and near-uniquely built. I wish that it was structurally "longer", i.e. that the flavours didn't truncate so early. I do enjoy it above all other criteria, and no alcohol comes through, aiding the drinkability.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a hint of increased thickness, largely suiting the flavours. I don't find the mouthfeel obtrusive, but it also isn't particularly unique or helpful. I wouldn't go so far as to call it generic, but it leaves something to be desired.

Dr: Quite drinkable. A lovable little Christmas Ale, and certainly an enjoyable one. I feel greedy to be enjoying it alone. I'd like to try this on draught. Every beer lover should give this one a try. I'm glad I did.

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Christmas Ale from The Defiant Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.