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Reviews: 445
Hads: 802
Avg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 42
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Andreji on 12-08-2001

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Photo of brantadid
2.48/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a medium brown color. Solid 3 finger, mounded head which was cream colored. Took about 20 minutes for the head to diminish. Fantastic lacing.

Smelled of igs and alcohol. Some yeast and barley in nose.

Some dark fruit and yeast in the taste. Alcohol completely overpowers everything in this beer. It is totally out of balance. Some seasonal spices like nutmeg, cinamon, and lots of cloves.

Flavor coats your mouth. Very high carbonation. The combination of really high carbonation, tons of cloves, and completely overpowering alocohol makes this a very difficult beer to drink. I really wanted to like this beer. I was looking forward to drinking it, but was very disappointed.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Great evening chilling with the Sebastopol old school at Russian River brewing so, being exceptionally drunk already, this may be an odd review...Pours a nice reddish amber...No head or lacing to speak of, so likely and old bottle. Darn...Huge, sweet aromas of candied figs and alcohol makes me think this will be a big-time winter warmer...lots of sweet candy in the nose..Flavor is the same...Huge sweet barleywine-ish qualities...Almost cloying in sweetness. Kind of overpowering. Finish isn't unique or good. It's typical for such a huge brew. This was a $3.99/8.48oz. bottle so it's way expensive, bringing drinkability down a lot...Not worth the price and way too sweet and alcoholic.

What I like Most: The ABV at 12%.

What I like Least: The price and lack of carbonation.

Verdict: Not worth it at all. Avoid.

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Photo of DanOLeary
2.61/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Lasting for only a moment right out of the glass comes the aroma of a champagne-like spice aroma. This is followed by a peppery phenolic yeast character and alcohol notes. Caramel malt profile rounds out the nose. There is a fusel alcohol profile dancing around in the aroma that is light, but slightly off-putting.

Appearance: Pours a light apple red to honey amber in color with crystal clarity. The head forms initially but almost immediately fades to but a trace of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The appearance of effervescent carbonation produces a constant stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface.

Flavor: A tangy bite of grapefruit rind blended with caramel sweetness. These come together on the tongue with equal strength but the flavor moves toward a nearly harsh alcoholic bite in the middle. This fades to another sting of alcohol in the dry finish with a bit of nobel hop bitterness becoming present.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation. The carbonation tricks the perception of body, though doesn't hold firm enough to fill the mouth. There is a lot of alcohol warming the throat and mouth with a burning astringency. Puckering and drying in the finish with an alcoholic "cooling" effect in the throat and mouth after you breath out.

Overall: You certainly won't be mistaken at the 12% ABV of this beer because alcohol takes part in nearly every aspect. There are positive aspects of this ale, phenolic yeast aromatics and caramel malt character, but nearly everything is overshadowed by a burning alcohol presence. If there were some malt backbone to back this up with more body and sweetness, this beer would be a very nice sipper. As it is, this Belgian may pair well with a robust cigar or a T-Bone Steak.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.72/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

little 25 cL bottle - no date

reddish copper, with tons of tiny bubbles that cling to sides and stream to the surface. but after a bit, the bubbles are gone and the beer is still.

boozy alcohol aroma, some phenols. not really appetizing. taste is caramel malt, with some peppery herbal flavors, warming finish. mouthfeel is fizzy at first, but then very low carbonation, almost flat. coats tongue.

Overall - disappointing, not sure why it's so expensive. I wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of wcudwight
2.76/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to Prufrock, NCAA March Madness, and the Florida Gators for the beer.
Pours an amber/brown color with bright ruby hues. Off-white head rises to one finger and quickly falls. Sheets of lacing cling to the sides of the glass. Fine sediment suspended in the liquid.
Peppery alcohol smell with hints of dark fruits.
Huge peppery alcohol flavor mask just about everything else in the beer. Hints of dark fruits in the finish, mostly plumb flavors.
Mouthfeel is good. Rich and Spicy.
I really don't see me buying another bottle. It's not a bad beer, but with so many options, I doubt it will get much attention.

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Photo of brentk56
2.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

8.48 fl oz

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear light amber with a very modest head and poor lacing; frankly, looks more like a soda than a beer

Smell: Unusual medicinal aroma that is sweet but predominately phenolic; just smells plastic to me

Taste: Starts with a herbal sweet flavor that builds nicely and reminds me of a Ricola herbal cough drop; after the swallow, a golden raisiny presence takes over along with a woody flavor; smoked aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery and relatively flat

Drinkability: Wow, what a disappointment to start my Christmas beer selection; perhaps I wound up with a poor bottle but this just isn't doing anything for me; guess I'll have to take another look at this one some other time based on the other reviews around here which are much more favorable than mine

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Photo of BWH3
2.92/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: From a 250mL bottle pours a translucent pale brown with reddish hues that is not quite copper. A fizzy off-white head bubbles up and then is gone before you can blink and all that remains is a pathetic thin rim of head.

S: The nose entices with sour dried cherries and sweet caramel.

T: Alcoholic heat and flavor greats the tongue. Some sweet cherry flavors combined with an earthy/musk like bitterness. Terminates the tasting with a lovely toasted flavor of the grist. Not too spicy or seasoned.

M: Really thin. The carbonation is gone very rapidly. Head retention is poor.

D: Maybe needs another year on the shelf. I thought for the price and quantity this one was simply not worth it.

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Photo of doubleipa
2.92/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not your typical quad, IMO. Aroma was doughy, nutmeg, with a little cherry and perhaps some cabernet. Virtually no head, virtually no lacing. Color was brown and much lighter than most quads. Initial flavor was heavily sweet that lessened slightly. The finish was long. Body was only light to medium and watery. Surprisingly there was not much of an alcohol taste or feel. I'd expected to really be able to notice the alcohol. After having St. B 12 on tap the night before, this quad just doesn't come close. I had read that this would be a good beer to cellar for a couple of years. I picked some up and will re-visit after a year.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Scaldis Noel poured in a 750. Corked and topped with a large staple over the top serving as the cage. Interesting bottle. Poured into a small tulip it forms a milky loose head that leaves sticky lace behind. Very light in color considering the style. Cascading super fine carbonation. Copper body. Not all that inviting.

Some sweetened raisins, sweetened Tang, Grape candy and a spiced alcohol slammer that has a huge warming jolt to finish it. Surprisingly this is pretty sturdy in the body although it lacks some depth and the alcohol is hot, even with consideration to the 12%abv tag. My final analysis, the backdround flavors are nice but its hard to find it through the aggressive abv.

Pros: Decent flavor profile, Warms ya up.
Cons: A bit hot, failry shallow, not that interesting. Yikes.

Notes: Below average.

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Photo of chainsawhutch
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

I just had Delirium Noel from the tap. It tasted identical. Sorry, I'm more partial to Delirium Noel. ; Copy-cat; Copy-cat; Copy-cat;Copy-cat;Copy-cat; Copy-cat; Copy-cat.

Sorry for the repetitiveness, but BA requires a certain amount of words. Just like the English teacher you hated in college.

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Photo of vtfan77
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Deep brown/ burnt orange and a little hazy. A small and short-lived head leaves a nice white ring around the top and a touch of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Big malt aroma here, almost doppelbock-like. Sweet bread and caramel aromas are complemented by a touch of spicy alcohol . This seriously reminds me a lot of one of Castle Eggenberg's big beers.

T- Starts out with a nice malty taste, which is soon overcome by a big alcohol presence. The alcohol ends up being extremely prominent, almost to the point of being overwhelming.

M- Fairly thick, although not too much. Decent carbonation level. The alcohol also has a bit of an effect, seemingly numbing the tongue a little. Actually pretty nice.

D- Seriously hurt by the alcohol. One 8.48 oz bottle is more than enough.

I wasn't particularly impressed with this offering. The alcohol was just too high and not well-hidden at all. I've had the regular Bush (or Scaldis), and if memory serves me correctly, it tastes almost exactly like this, so I'm not really sure how this seasonal is a whole lot different. Overall, this beer reminds me of a less-drinkable Samichlaus. It's not horrible, but I won't get it again and I don't recommend it.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from .25cl bottle into tulip glass. Pours a creamy white head. The aroma is very sweet and caramelly and I also found some sediments that I am not fond of though understand it's purpose. Christmasy spices like aniseed and licorice are quite obvious. Tha flavor is sweet, caramelly, syrupy, fruitish and alcohol is warming in the finish. Very low bitterness. Caramel is dominating, but it still isn´t too sweet. The palate is almost full bodied, quite soft and slightly alcoholic. Sugary and sicky on the lips. I am going against the grain on this one with my rating.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a (512) anniversary glass.

Rockin' a back-to-back with this and its wine-barreled cousin Scaldis Prestige de Nuits. Gots ta compare, baby! Anyway, this stuff pours a clear garnet-ruby populated by floaties and topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-khaki foam. The nose comprises light red grapes, light fig, light dark wheat, very light clove, and a vague sense of Belgian yeast. In case you didn't pick up on the theme, everything is faint to my 'strils (though things intensify a bit with some time, but not by very much). The taste brings in more of the same, along with a mild vein of candied orange peel and a strong alcohol presence. So strong, in fact, that it's fairly oppressive. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, if you can get past the blast of booze, this ain't too bad a BSDA, if a touch ordinary.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

As a fan of the style I had to try this iconic beer. It is certainly a complex ale, but for me it was not an enjoyable experience. Sweet and sour upfront with strong alcohol blast in the middle. Reminded me of an Oud Bruin I had. I did finish the 25.4 ounce bottle over 4 days, but it went downhill each day. There is caramel and fruit but the strong alcohol and sour funk overcame my palate.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.07/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 25cl bottle with sparkling blue foil around the cap and neck. Best before 13 Nov 2010, poured and reviewed on 5 Dec 2010.

The bulbous tulip glass (Palm Special badged) into which it was delivered into didn't show it off too well: sediment left the bottle and I was faced by a murky, reddy brown liquid with large lumps of gunge flaoting around within it. No head appeared, just a thin off-white collar and a weak wisp covering a third of the top surface. The sediment did eventually settle, but the beer never cleared, staying a cloudy mess throughout the tasting.

A smell of sweetish malts came from the glass, toffee being the main flavour I could detect.

The sweet toffee, mentioned in the aromas also appear in the taste, however the alcohol content plays a huge part in the taste too.

It claims to be the strongest Belgian Christmas Beer, not too sure that's true, but it has more than enough alcohol for me to handle.

Just a little too much alcohol for my tastes, a pity because the texture and flavours were fine, it doesn't need to try and blow your head off with every sip.

Difficult to score, because I really enjoyed the beer, even though I know I'm going to wake up with a headache!

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Photo of nrbw23
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a reddish brown color with pretty much no head or lacing. Just a handful of bubbles and floaters in the brew.

S- Pretty sweet smelling. Picking up quite a bit of caramel, darker fruits and yeast.

T- A fairly strong mixture of spice and sweetness. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Taste is figs, darker fruits, yeast, nuts, and booze.

M- A bit on the lighter side of medium and a fairly good amount of carbonation.

O- I think I'll pass on this one if it ever comes my way again.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark copper, great clarity, narrow layer of tan foam that flattens out quickly but never quite disappears

Aroma: deeply malty, caramel, tiny touch of roast, wisp of hops, clovey, a bit fruity, alcohol

Flavor: sweet but not overly so, caramel, licorice, some subdued spice, rather firm balancing hop bitterness, peppery alcohol zip, finish is semi-sweet with a lingering caramel flavor and hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: full body, gentle carbonation, creamy, big bloom of alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: Nice beer. Hides its abv quite well. I'm not sure how different it is from the regular Bush (Scaldis). Damn thing sneaks up on you, though!

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle to a sparkling orange-red with thin off-white head that lingers throughout the entire drink and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Beyond this appeaarance, I can sum this beer up in one word....ALCOHOL.

Try as I might, I could not detect any aroma or flavor other than the overwhelmng alcohol. Not sure if I just got a well aged bottle or this is the norm. All things considered, this was not a bad drink, but was much more like a mild whiskey than a strong ale.

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Photo of midaszero
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy amber color with a little bit of slightly off white head that disappears quickly

S - Don't pick up very many smells they are all kind of faint but raisins, bread, and yeast seem noticeable

T - Sweet and malty can definitely taste some alcohol. No other flavors really stand out on this one but I can tell some spices were thrown in.

M - Thick body with medium carbonation

D - Good but not my favorite Christmas beer, but worth trying

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25cl bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a brown hazy color with a small light brown head that fades quickly, little lacing. Nose is very potent, boozy, malty, sweet and full of spices, caramel, yeast and candi sugar.

Taste is boozy and sweet, a bit sharp from carbonation. It's very complex and almost too much. It's hot on the way down and leaves a strong bready flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. Overall, it's an ok beer but not outstanding.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: dark amber with an off white, small head, not much lacing
S: Sweet and some hops with cherries, thick bready malts
T: Vinous, figs and raisins, grassy and bitter, notes of cocoa and cola, syrupy
M: sharp, effervescent slightly cloying and sour and astringent for only a moment
O: much better than a lot of other winter warmer type beers, not overly spiced, malty with a bit of cloying sweetness and quick, sharp bitterness

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Photo of GClarkage
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11/27/07- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness information. Poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance- Dark brown ale type coloring in the pour. About a 3/4 inch foamy head with a slight rim remaining as the beer is consumed. Light traces of lace left behind.

Smell- Dark fruits including raisins and plums with a bit of holiday spice kick...maybe clove? Seems like a caramel malt scent as well. Plus the ever present alcohol.

Taste- First few sip contained a decent matallic flavor. Fortunately this went away after the first three sips or so. Malty for sure with a caramel backing, but the fruit flavors didn't come through quite as expected. Plums and dates mostly, but that's about it.

Mouthfeel- Over carbonated, not as smooth with a slight alcohol finish.

Drinkability- Was hoping for much more than this after trying their regualr flagship beer the other night. A bit disappointed, but still not a bad beer...just average. Have a couple more to consume over the next few years.

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Photo of Damian
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 25 cl / 8.48 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Beverage Mart, Newington, CT

First, I must comment on this beer bottle's amazing graphics. The sparky hologram label depicting the snow covered brewery along with the foil covered top is quite a nice touch.

As for the beer itself, it poured a murky, muddy, copper-ish amber with a thin, light beige film of froth (no real head).

Smell was very sweet and alcohol (rummy) rich. Candied and brown sugar with alcohol soaked fruit and spices (alcohol soaked fruit cake possibly?). Hints of bourbon and vanilla as well.

Taste was completely dominated by the alcohol. Some creamy malts, yeastiness and fruity sweetness up front before the huge alcohol bite kicked in. The alcohol warming moved to the back of the mouth and became even more intense. Flavors such as brown sugar and possibly some hops were vaguely detectable, but they were quite overshadowed. Alcohol burn was felt in the throat and on into the stomach, where it warmed my belly.

As for mouthfeel, this beer was syrupy yet thinner bodied than expected. Also, the carbonation was minimal.

Drinkability of this beer was quite poor. With any beer that registers 12% ABV you can expect a big punch, but this was too much. The flavors were simply not strong enough stand up to the alcohol.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/7/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very dark brownish-red color body, smallish whitish head, diminishing. Very strong alcoholy aroma, dark fruit. Some light fruit like pear. Flowery too. Fruity taste. A little hot, but hides it well. Soft mouthfeel. Better as lt warms up. Kinda tasty when it's not cold.

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Photo of gregmurer
3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

i'm pretty hard about drinkability and smell... two different reasons, first, the smell, nothing special.. it taste nothing... And drinkability... hmmm the mouthfeel is really good, the alcool is reaaally strong... but... it's too much present on the mouth... so... about that... 25cc are too much... that beer is too strong...
But, even if it's too strong... wow, it's incredibly great as a beer... it taste fully and incredible...

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