Christmas Beeracle | Dead Frog Brewing

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Brewed by:
Dead Frog Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A festive, rich, warm amber ale with a glorious medley of spices including cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

26 IBU

Added by Methodd on 11-25-2010

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Photo of schopenhauerale
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KStark
3.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of maclean25
2.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My local liquor store recently expanded and now offers seasonal beers like this. It is also the first beer I've had from Dead Frog Brewery. Bought a pair of 650mL bottles.

I poured it with lots of head which was creamy-to-foamy. The body was clear but with what I would call a dark-orange almost brown colour. On the smell, citrus, malt, molasses and light lemon.

The taste disappoints. I get a strong west coast hops, nuts (roasted?), ripe fruit, alcoholic taste, weak spice (maybe nutmeg). I had to concentrate to find the ginger. Ends with big hop bitterness. It has a medium body and above average carbonation.

Overall, it doesn't live up to its name and is therefore a disappointing beer. It's a second-rate amber ale.

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Photo of schnarr84
3/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a slightly hazed caramel hue, 2 fingers of light beige head that fades quickly.

Nutmeg, cinnamon and cardomom on the nose, mild toffee and bready malts in the background.

Toffee, mild bready malt and hints of chocolate up front in the flavour, a little diacytl in the middle that works for it rather than detracts, finishing with the spice bill. Has potential but doesn't seem to fully come together for me.

Medium-light mouthfeel, soft and rounded texture with a kick of carbonation on the finish that seems out of place.

This has potential, but seems a bit rough around the edges and doesn't follow through with what the flavour teases at. A maltier backbone and a fuller mouthfeel would fix that easy.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
2.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

sitting in my fridge since early December, finally indulged
A - clear copper, decent head retained at a consistent covering
S - fruitcake spices of ginger, nutmeg, and brown sugar, some breadiness
T - as with the nose spices are the main flavour, but they quickly give way to a blandness
M - decently carbonated, but generally watery thin
D - unfortunately this is much like the other Dead Frog offerings I've tried: water thin and lacking in flavour (except the nut brown), yeah it's easy to drink but I won't be again

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Photo of andrenaline
2.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a copper colour with a red hue, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Very mild with some light spices coming through (touch of nutmeg and ginger), but rather disappointing.

T - Spices dominate with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger coming through, touch of earthy malts and caramel, and some cherry liqueur. Still a little mild though.

M - Comes through a little thin, lacking body carbonation, and finishes a little dry.

D - Overall, a little disappointing. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, as there's several other better Canadian winter warmers available. Regardless, I was glad I tried it.

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Photo of sammytag
1.57/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Wow! This is not a very good beer at all, in my opinion.

A: less than ok. looks a little bit like soda.

S: definitely has that spicy winter ale scent, nutmeg, clove, lots of ginger. Slightly less bold than I'm used to as far Canadian Microbrew winter beers go. There's something metallic and unpleasant on the end there. My soda-looking, unpleasant smelling brew hasn't got me excited for tasting.

T: oh no! extremely thin flavor. doesn't really taste like anything. no one flavour is in interplay with any other flavour - it's just one big bleah of spices with a soda-water finish.

M: the worst. Really, really bad. It's like drinking soda water. And, it goes flat really quickly. So it's like drinking flat soda water.

D: I would never buy this again or recommend it to anyone. Ever. Stay away. Get Howe Sound's "Father John" instead, if you want a real winter ale.

I was all excited to try this, and even bought some nice Gorgonzola to go with it. It fell way short in every single category. Bummer.

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Photo of elricorico
3.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper colour, poured two glasses, second one was aggressively done to generate a finger of beige head. Head slips to a thin cap after a minute or so.

Caramel and peppery spice are the first aromas I pick up. Nutmeg and ginger pick up a bit as it warms. Smell is alright.

Tastes like a very middle of the road malty ale with a bit of spices tossed into the mix. It is okay, but really not memorable in any way.

Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not a terrible beer, but really not worth looking for.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Kitschy - oh yes, with the label given the whole bow-tied, wrapped gift treatment, including a faux scroll detailing Dead Frog's estimation of the 'Christmas beeracle', which unfortunately exhibits nothing of the irreverent style I have come to expect from microbrewers' marketing departments these days...

This beer pours a clear brass colour, with one finger of thin creamy pale beige head, which leaves a few strands of wispy lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of light gingerbread - nutmeg, ginger, and brown sugar, over a decent malt. The taste is fairly sweet bready, caramel malt, and more of the spices from the aroma - ginger and nutmeg, mostly. The carbonation is average, the body medium-full in weight, and nice and smooth. It finishes with trailing off of the spices, and more of the sweet breadiness.

A decent holiday season spiced ale - that accounts for the "Winter" part of the categorization. Now where did the 'Warmer" part go? Here, it seems to manifest as an overly sweet malt character, which limits me to one serving of this beer, much in the manner of other Christmas beverages.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

comes in a bomber with a slightly cheesy gift tag label. What to like : low ABV for the style make it easy to drink , decent spicing that is not too over the top, solid beer base that adds to drinkability. What not to like: over carbonate and slightly thin which may have something to do with low ABV for style. OK winter warmer but not up par with other BC breweries

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Photo of Methodd
2.71/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"...Beeracle"? ...As in some sort of beer miracle? I think the bar on miracles is a little bit low here...

A: Amber with yellow and red highlights ... zero head.

S: Gingerbread, molasses, allspice and nutmeg.

T: As it smells but with coffee and chocolate.

M: Somewhat over carbonated with a funky after-taste I was not a fan of.

D: Pretty average for a Winter Warmer (nothing offensive and nothing special). This stuff is brewed a couple of miles from here and I can think of three local Warmers I'd go with before this one.

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Christmas Beeracle from Dead Frog Brewing
Beer rating: 2.9 out of 5 with 18 ratings