Zwarte Piet's Christmas - Church Brew Works
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
Church Brew Works
Swartz Piet's Xmas
ABV listed at 7%
LOOK: Pours a dark brown color with a wisp of off white head.
SMELL: Orange peel and heavy ginger upfront with some clove, spicy cinnamon and brown sugar. The aroma filled up the air at the table making for an impressive nose.
TASTE/FEEL: Dark malts with ginger and citrus notes. Cocoa, black licorice and ginger are the big flavors. Just a bit of dark fruit flavor. Hop bitterness is subdued, as are the spices, which are kept to a low level. Rooty flavors and finishes with a light dry spice. Full bodied feel with a small dryness.
OVERALL: A successful holiday brew from the Church Brew Works. Lively flavors and a great aroma. This is a well done spiced ale.
11-23-2012 19:15:22 | More by Stinkypuss
3.58/5 rDev -8.2%
Wow only a handful of reviews for this? Glad to be second banana! Had this at D's six packs in Monroeville sampler 5oz pour for 2 bucks.
A - I got a deep brown, almost black with a mild bit of head and little to no lacing as from notes.
S - Smells of a typical brown ale. Malts and a bit of hops with a bit of caramel for good measure.
T - Threw me off a bit. At first, while it was cold, it tasted like a typical brown ale but as it warmed the yeast made itself know and covered most hop taste. It was still pretty good with a nice caramel sweetness but I wasn't really loving it at this point.
M - Light to medium. A decent offering.
D - What a weird beer. At first it tasted like a typical offering and then turned to something else within 20-30 minutes time. I find it weird that D's has this listed as a "Belgium brown ale" while it's listed as a "American Brown Ale" and to me it comes off more Belgium. Still pretty drinkable and I preferred it over the Vertical Epic from stone.
01-03-2011 23:14:26 | More by DrDemento456
3.2/5 rDev -17.9%
On-tap at Diamond Market downtown.
A: muddy, Belgian chocolate brown. Almost opaque, yet brown. Interesting. Maybe it's suspended yeast. No lasting head. No lacing.
S: milk chocolate, cinnamon, allspice, smells creamy--if that makes sense.
T: spice overload. Almost peppery. Sweet malt, wheat bread, more of the cinnamon, a little star anise and mild creamy chocolate.
M: medium-high carb. Feels a little prickly. Round body.
O: the tap was labeled 'Season Specialty', I was hoping it was Quadzilla. This beer is a decent brown with too many spices. Kind of on par with the unspectacular Cabin Fever.
12-21-2011 02:22:39 | More by thecheapies
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
Had on tap at Fatheads Pittsburgh. Says this is a Brown Ale
A: Pours a hazy brown color with a small tan foam head with moderate retention.
S: Some mild spice, bread, caramel and citrus.
T: A nicely spiced brown ale. The caramel and citrus hit the palate first. There is some ginger spice in the middle with some citrus undertones on the backend.
M: A slightly slick but slightly thin taste left on the palate.
D: A very nice beer from Church Brew Works. Glad I tried it while it is out on tap.
12-24-2010 14:50:16 | More by IronCitySteve
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
Seeing that it was named after Sinterklaas's helpers in Holland, I was immediately intrigued. And, as a seasonal beer, it was probably the best out of the bunch this time around.
It is a light brown beer, with just a little bit of head. It was not that thick feeling at all, and went down quite easily for having a high alcohol content. It was chocolaty, yet spicy all in one. Cinnamon, cardamom, and I believe some nutmeg had to be in there, possibly with some cloves. But, the malt really dumbs down the spiciness, and makes for a palatable, forgiving Winter beer.
It's a unique taste, and unlike most American winter ales. Brewed very much to be on par with European tastes. However, I'm not totally sure that it would be good on a hot day in June, but should be relicated to the cold days of January.
01-20-2012 03:34:01 | More by AMiz602
4.88/5 rDev +25.1%
We had this on tap at the Church Brew Works. Can't remember the cost--it was so tasty--I don't care what it costs!!
A--Dark brown, but not black. Good head, lacing held
S--Hint of nutmeg
T--Very Tasty--smooth--taste of nutmeg & other spices
M--Perfect--not rough--Very Smooth
D--One of the very best beers that I have had in quite some time--wish they bottled it!
12-17-2011 14:54:11 | More by joecon
Zwarte Piet's Christmas from Church Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.