Brewer's Art St. Festivus Holiday Ale - The Brewer's Art
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4.24/5 rDev +7.1%
Appearance: Pours coffee brown with a nice bubble show that delivers an inch of foam that fades all too quickly though it still leaves a few strands of lace
Smell: Ginger snap, date and fig, with sugar cookie tones, as well
Taste: Christmas cookie flavors, up front, with the spicy phenols of ginger snap and sugar cookies blending with dark fruit flavors; perhaps a bit of malted milk ball in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; creamy, too
Overall: Tastes a bit more Belgian than the typical Winter Warmer but whatever this is, this is darn good, even in the summer - best by 10/11/14 on the label and the removal of the term Holiday Ale makes me wonder whether the brewery thinks so as well
08-13-2014 01:10:33 | More by brentk56
4.23/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet and a Duvel tulip. Moderately gentle hand. 2012 vintage - cellared since last year.
A: Very dark ruby-tinted brown with 1 finger of tan head. Good retention. Light lacing.
S: Sweet dark malts, raisin, cherry. Lighter spice notes. Chocolate is present. Nice.
T: Great dark, roasted malt flavor up front with dried fruit sweetness, although not nearly as saccharine as the nose suggests. Caramel and toffee. Dark chocolate on the semi-dry finish. Mild hop bitterness develops for balance. Light alcohol, fairly low for 8% ABV.
M: Moderate carbonation, a bit high for the flavor profile, with a nice full-ish body. Light creaminess. Did smooth out as it warmed in the glass.
O: Very nice brew. Full flavored and drinkable. The term "Winter warmer" doesn't mean much to me, but I'd say this drinks much like a doppelbock with a little dubbel and Scotch ale mixed in. I believe this aged quite well since last year - seems like more complexity and depth this time around. BA continues to do a bang up job.
12-16-2013 01:31:14 | More by fourstringer
3.96/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some big bubbles sit on the surface.
Smell: dark fruit sweetness and a bit of spiciness is detectable.
Taste: nice malt base with dark cherries, orange, a hint of chocolate, a bit of ginger, and a mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.
Overall: a hearty brown ale that has been kicked up for the winter holiday season. Flavorful and goes great while sitting in front of a fireplace on a cold afternoon.
11-30-2013 18:45:02 | More by Gavage
3.88/5 rDev -2%
A - Dark brown pour, some slight haze, looks flavorful. Had this on tap at The Brewer's Art.
S - Not much aroma present in the nose. Mild spiced citrus, sweet orange scents, maybe some clove or other spices.
T - A nice blend of flavors. Lots of orange and orange peel, and some carob. Nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. A combination of sweet, spiced and warming with some bitter notes also.
M - Tingly carbonation lends itself nicely to the flavor of the brew. Soft silky body with a smooth semi dry finish.
O - I like that it's not overly spiced like many winter/holiday beers are. The abv is presented nicely and overall its a well balanced tasty beer.
05-20-2013 19:27:46 | More by BeerForMuscle
Brewer's Art St. Festivus Holiday Ale from The Brewer's Art
88 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.