Christmas Cheer | Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe

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82
good
22 Ratings
THE BROS
71
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe
Australia
redoak.com.au

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by sulldaddy on 12-09-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
22
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
16.76%
 
 
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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper, medium-sized tan head that quickly fades.
Aroma is a heady concoction of brandy, roasted malts, plums, toast, treacle a nutmeg. Quite a mouthful! Or nose-full, I guess.
Sweet/tangy/sour unripe plums provide a dominant flavour, which I really don't remember from last time I had this? This is followed by some delicate roasted malt and finishes with some sweet cookie dough. Not what I expecting from a christmas ale, but very interesting and quite tasty! No bitterness whatsoever from hops or roasted malt.
Mouthfeel is quite oily/slick. Good carbonation though.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Middling brown-red colour, slightly cloudy with a ring of slightly insipid bubbles. Body looks quite heavy, lacing is ok. Looks pretty nice.

Nose is full of tart fruit - cherries, kiwifruit and something darker like burnt toffee, or a dusty cellar. Even a light smokiness creeping in. Quite unusual, but very pleasant.

Initial tart hit then consumed by a dry cocoa and biscuit character. Vaguely sweet, but not really; it's more that I associate the underlying flavours with sweetness, rather than them being sweet in this beer. There's certainly a lightly astringent character, a little like grape must, finish is dry and dusty with a faint twang of cardboard. Mouthfeel is a bit flat, but otherwise a very interesting palate.

It strikes me that this beer might be a bit old. It has some vaguely long-cellared characters to it, notably the flat mouthfeel and the dry biscuit/cardboard character on the back. Otherwise, though, this was enjoyable, complex and unusual.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red-tinged brown, quite dark colour, I had to really gush it from the bottle to produce any head which went down almost immediately. Some reasonable lacing, not much carbonation at all. Looks sweet and sticky, but not impressive.

Spicy and quite hoppy nose, rather strong hints of sultana, but not very sweet. It's actually not very hoppy, I'm mistaken, but there is a herbal or vegetative edge to it. Slight hints of wood as well, otherwise just syrupy and fruity.

Taste is not very sweet but with an earthy spiceyness, maybe a hint of ginger or nutmeg and a slight tartness, like cherries or underripe plums on the finish. If I'm to be honest I think this has gone past its shelf life, no matter what the 'best before' date on the bottle reckons. It's got flavour there but it's become quite bland and slightly dusty. There are reminders of some fairly pleasant fruit tartness, but it would have to be drunk now to get any of this.

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Photo of baggio
4.19/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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A beer from my favourite australian microbrewery!

A: Dark brown with a minimal head. Minimal lacing too.

S: Fruitcake, Berries, Wood, Roasted malt.

T: Fruit, Christmas pudding, Berries, Spices (nutmeg among others), Roasted malt.

M: Smooth and rich. Starts of quite sweet but there is a hint of bitterness at the end. Very drinkable despite it's huge flavorprofile!

An excellent beer from Red Oak in Sydney / Australia. I hope i can get to try more of their beers at my next visit!

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Photo of Macca
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark brown. Not a lot of head despite a very vigorous pour. That doesn't seem to tally with other reviews though.

Love the aroma - cinnamon, dried fruit, maybe a bit of vanilla

A lot more ginger on the palate. A bit of alcoholic warmth.

A little thin in the mouth.

With a bit more body this could be a great beer rather than just a good one.

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Photo of koolk
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown in colour, with a firm white head with good lacing.

Initially a very spicy nose - ginger, cardamom and citrus peel. This leads way to some more malt and dark fruit flavours.

Palate is of dark fruits like cherry and some more of the spice seen on the nose. Some sweeter light malt flavour. Not a very strongly flavoured drop.

A little thin on body but it does hide the 6.2% alc well. Has a strange spicy aftertaste that reduces the drinkability.

Not bad though not very complex or full bodied. Just missing a certain something.

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Photo of Jason
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

250mL brown bottle. Thanks to Todd for the sample.

A- Big off white foam that created a crest at the top of the glass, dark reddish brown color with good clarity.

S- Smells of fruit cake, not homemade but store brand fruit cake that no one eats except for the crazy great aunt.

T&M- Light bodied with a crisp and thin mouth feel. Thin biscuity malt flavor, hint of shortbread. Candied fruit and ginger in the back. Light on the hops. Dry carob flavor. Bone dry finish with nothing in the after taste.

D- I expected a bit more malt back bone on this one, not horrible but certainly missing the mark.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark brown color with little to no head materializing at any point during the pour - may be overdue
s: fruity & spicy aroma, cherries maybe (supposed to smell like christmas pudding)
t: fruits, caramel, sweet throughout with light alchohol tones at end
m: smooth, with decent carbonation (more than expected given appearance), medium body
d: gets more & more tasty as it warms up & i'd be happy to have another. another good product from redoak.

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Photo of brendan13
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with a big cream coloured head.
S - Mmmmm, dark fruits, ginger spiceiness, everything I was expecting.
T - The fruits are certainly present here along with the ginger. Some smokey malt flavours in the background as well.
M - This is a bit of a let down, a bit thin and watery.
D - Very tasty beer. It's obviously not supposed to be a session beer. Would be very nice to sip by the fireplace on a cold winters night.

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Redoak Christmas Cheer

A = Poured a dark mahogany with a thin foam head that quickly dissapates.

S = Strong Ginger smell with a lingering plum like sweetness. Smells very inviting.

T = Initial ginger spiciness that gives way to a slight sweetness. There is a dry brandy like character that gives way to the strong initial ginger taste. Good but in some ways I feel that the ginger ruins this.

M = A bit watery for my liking. I wished it was a bit more fuller in body.

D = Drinkable. But not great. Had better christmas beer than this.

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Photo of vancurly
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep, mahogany, reddish brown. Beige froth, which thickens. No bubbles. Some residual yeast which clouds the glass on top-up....
Evocative spices, macerated fruits, candied ginger, cinnamon/clove, brandy/kirsch/maraschino... After some minutes in the glass, I get a smoked ham kind of smell. This is a nice note, I hasten to add.
Warming mouthfeel that is typical of the Redoak dark ales, hinting at the complex malts... some smoked perhaps ?
It's not as sweet as the nose makes out, although there is still a noticable spice & brandy aftertaste that lingers, with maybe some toast & musk in there.
Fairly dry finish, considering, with a very light bitterness.
I wouldn't necessarily partner this with the pudding.... I think the dry complexity would serve it better with some smoked cheddar.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a chilled bottle of this beer poured into a snifter.
The beer exhibits a dark brown color with some mahogany highlights when held to the light. There is a small beige head resting on the surface and remains throughout.
The aroma is dark fruit and cherries mixing with a bit of booze, some chocolate, toffee, and spices. I get some nutmeg for sure.
First sip reveals caramel and chocolate up front generally sweet. Then some red grape and cherries again with the spicy nutmeg showing up again as well.
The texture is very smooth and carbonation is mild. This is another very tasty beer from Red Oak. Even though it wont get very cold in Sydney this makes for a tasty treat.

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Christmas Cheer from Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe
3.52 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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