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Blitzen Festivus Ale - North Peak Brewing Company

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Blitzen Festivus AleBlitzen Festivus Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dorianmarley on 12-17-2011)
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BB1313

Ohio

2.08/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark auburn, lots of lacing and a pretty full head. Nice looking brew. Lots of gunky sediment left at the bottom of the bottle. The aromas are full of cherry and wood. There's some spices in the mix. Faint aromas, not strong or impressive. Bitter hop flavors, which come off as one dimensional, just boring. I like the use of cherries, but it's not enough to save the flavors. Lots of dark fruits. Hints of caramel too. Chocolate malt is present as well. It just tastes sloppy. I personally never understood this winter style. Mouthfeel is very nice, well carbonated. Weird aftertaste. Overall, I didn't enjoy this one and didn't want more.

I like North Peak, but not this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 20:01:00 | More by BB1313
More User Reviews:
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lochef81

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up for a share with a fellow Seinfeld fanatic. Wasn't expecting much but was quite pleasantly surprised. This ale pours a handsome mahogany color with a small off white head that leaves some soapy lacing. The aroma is malty with a nice dark roasted character. Its a fairly subtle nose but robust and promising none the less. Mouthfeel is thick and near syrupy, ideal given the style. Flavor is more roasty and dark than I had expected. Notes of coffee and dark fruits are present. Alcohol is very well hidden. This is good and unexpected. I look forward to having another sixer next year for our December 23rd celebration.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2014 18:32:36 | More by lochef81
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outsider

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-20-2014 18:59:16 | More by outsider
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/7/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, raisin, toast, rye, brown bread, light chocolate, light roast, light pepper, herbal, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and light hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, rye, brown bread, raisin, light chocolate, roast, pepper, herbal, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, rye, toast, brown bread, raisin, light roast, pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast malt and moderate hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice winter ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:54:14 | More by superspak
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drbenderdo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-03-2014 02:55:41 | More by drbenderdo
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salinasa

Delaware

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-27-2013 01:17:14 | More by salinasa
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BHansen214

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.5%

12-20-2013 01:47:17 | More by BHansen214
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Hazed dark brown hue, thin sticky lacing. Toasty aroma, grape skin, earthy hop, unsweetened chocolate, & citrus peel as well. Very smooth medium body, big chocolatey tone, citrus rind, toasted bread, yeast, slightly warming alcohol, faint bubble gum, faint raisins, balanced hop bitterness, dried grass, chicory aftertaste, semi-dry finish.

A whole lot of complexities and character going here, a really interesting and enjoyable winter ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 04:36:26 | More by Jason
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miwestcoaster

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-16-2013 03:21:03 | More by miwestcoaster
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Eddyfunt

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-12-2013 22:12:31 | More by Eddyfunt
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-10-2013 01:57:28 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*slightly new reviewing style

reviewed: 12/09/13

Blitzen Festivus Ale by North Peak
poured from a bottle into a Ragtime Ricks Mug Club Mug

P-packaging:
very plain 12 oz. bottle old style banner over badge, Schlitz style 2.75

A-appearance :
murky amber near brown, small, quickly dissipating head but with a nice lacing 3.5

S- smell:
not much happening here, faint yeast, spices, raisins 3.75

T-taste:
Subtle and well balanced hop and citrus bitterness meet sweet malt dark fruit and spice 4.25

M-mouthful :
medium body, well balanced and clean maybe slightly bitter aftertaste 4.0

D-drinkability:
good complex crisp refreshing and fit for the holidays. this one has a lot going for it 4.0

O-overall: good pick up complex and well balanced

Only bought a single and I'm so sorry this will be a repeat buy and hopefully makes the regular rotation -J

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 23:12:12 | More by Extrajoker00
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Slay40

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

12-01-2013 02:44:22 | More by Slay40
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

11-29-2013 06:52:44 | More by Kerrie
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MichiganBrews

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-27-2013 20:20:00 | More by MichiganBrews
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Bonsai

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

11-27-2013 17:50:47 | More by Bonsai
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marcb105

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-24-2013 14:21:51 | More by marcb105
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HardyA

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-16-2013 01:30:50 | More by HardyA
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-20-2012 02:28:07 | More by ssimpson89
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trioxin


1/5  rDev -71.8%

05-05-2012 01:12:55 | More by trioxin
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szmnnl99

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-25-2012 20:58:58 | More by szmnnl99
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david131

California

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep and clear plum red with countless streams of rising carbonation. I couldn't even pour a full 12 oz bottle into a pint glass due to the massive amount of carbonation. The bone white head (taking up 75% of the glass) is thick and has really good retention.

S- Smells very malty with some nice winter spices. Pretty appealing and inviting.

T- Caramel, citrus rind, a subtle earthiness, and some spices. There is a bit of noticeable alcohol on the finish.

M- Spicy carbonation with some lingering astringency.

O- Starts off interesting, but the more of it I consumed, the more I noticed its weaknesses- notably the earthiness and astringency. Not bad, but I am beginning to think that this brewery isn't my thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 03:35:18 | More by david131
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cynical1027

Ohio

3/5  rDev -15.5%

02-21-2012 03:31:50 | More by cynical1027
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Supergenious

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-08-2012 02:33:32 | More by Supergenious
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, single bought for $2.09 with a bottled on date of December 8, 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a murky dark burnt orange/brown color with a couple inch frothy light tan head. Head retention is pretty good, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like dark berries, orange peel, nuts and a bit of sweet spices. It tastes like dark fruit/berries (sweet and tart), orange peel, sweet spices, and some earthy hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy but also has high carbonation. This certainly is a different winter warmer beer that has a nice mix of fruit, spice and hops. It's not overly spiced like a lot of beers in this style are. I'll have to try this again in the future, I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 00:33:07 | More by bluejacket74
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Blitzen Festivus Ale from North Peak Brewing Company
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