Christmas Ale
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #155
Ranked #22,617
3.74 | pDev: 9.63%
Jan 10, 2021
Nov 17, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: None
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Pegasus from Texas

Appearance: Small, fairly coarse off-white head with good retention crowns a bright amber. The lacing is Belgain-style. Before a strong light, reddish-amber highlights are seen.

Aroma: Very sweet aroma of Belgian candi sugar, and as an esteemed reviewer noted, the aroma has a pronounced similarity to a Dubbel. Molasses, caramel, dark fruit, cloves, ripe bananas, coriander, yeast notes and a little bitter orange rind add dazzling complexity. Sweet, vinous alcohol is also notable.

Taste: The taste opens with strong notes of brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, dark bread and caramel. An undercurrent of earthy yeast runs throughout the taste. Sweet and warming alcohol is prominent throughout, as well. Coriander and ginger add spiciness. Toward the finish, some understated earthy hops help to counterbalance the sweet profile of the taste. Finishes with sweet and spicy flavors against the mild hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Full and soft, quite pleasant, with a mere intimation of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Dramatically complex; would make a spectacular addition to the holiday table. I haven't traditionally associated the Belgian Dark style with the holidays, though surely it is worthy of serious consideration. Hopefully, Upslope will choose to offer Christmas Ale again.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a South American-style Pilsener glass.

Jan 10, 2021
3.75 by npdevil27 from Massachusetts on Jun 06, 2018
3.8 by gangstabobangsta from Colorado on Jan 19, 2018
3.25 by GreyGooseStout from Colorado on Jan 11, 2018
4.34 by Adam1993 from Maryland on Dec 20, 2017
4 by shigg85 from Japan on Dec 04, 2017
3.59 by Prezzy from Colorado on Nov 19, 2017
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Wasatch from Colorado

12 oz. Can

Pours a nice brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a nice small thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some dark fruits, yeasty, spice notes. The taste is malty, yeasty, dark fruits, spicy. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

Apr 05, 2017
3.25 by Bryan12345 from Texas on Mar 31, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by NatGasKing from Wyoming

Beautiful deep copper and rust color. Little head that dissipated quickly. Light to medium effervescence. Easily drinkable for high ABV. Fruity bright nose. First scent is fresh, later scents start to show the Christmas seasonings. Love the stout combination with the Abby yeast.

Jan 28, 2017
3.98 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Jan 22, 2017
3.85 by Vonerichs from Colorado on Jan 13, 2017
3.5 by NeverSettle from Texas on Dec 29, 2016
4 by Knobs303 from Colorado on Dec 29, 2016
3.5 by zbooks from Texas on Dec 29, 2016
4 by elglueckert from Montana on Dec 27, 2016
3.5 by Rick778 from California on Dec 26, 2016
3.77 by CojakSilverBack from Colorado on Dec 22, 2016
3.95 by kds2437 from Texas on Dec 21, 2016
Photo of ControlVolume
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ControlVolume from Colorado

Flirts between smooth sweetness and carbonated bite which detracts but overall very good

Dec 07, 2016
3.82 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Sep 06, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Libeertarian from Montana

From notes taken 05/15/16:

Appears a spirit-like deep copper, very clear. There are sparse, fine flecks here, but darkness and clarity hide these well. Thick, fine, foamy, almost creamy head of good retention, perfectly tan. Decent lacing and legs. Definitely detect the Abbey Ale yeast character on the nose. Cinnamon and perhaps ginger and nutmeg aromas. Breadiness, toastiness as well. To the taste, cinnamon strongest, but not overpowering. Overall very Belgian and dark. Bread flavors more subdued, taking a back seat to spiciness and metallic, leathery, funky, and caramel qualities of hops, yeast, and malt. Medium-bodied, nearly syrupy, excellent smoothness, carbonation mostly creamy with tingles and sloshes here and there. As the style suggests, warming. Works well with spiciness. Good work, Upslope! Compare to Belgian Darks and Strong Darks as much as other Winter Warmers. Even certain high ABV Altbiers.

Jun 07, 2016
3.83 by CUBeerBuff from Washington on May 07, 2016
4.15 by littledreamer87 from Utah on Apr 05, 2016
3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Mar 26, 2016
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3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early January for $3.49. Received at TW on 11-24-15, best by 2-18-16...whoops.

Beer poured reddish brown with an OK head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is holiday spices and a hint of bubbelgum.

Taste is allspice and abbey yeast phenols.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not as light as i would expect from an abbey ale.

Overall not a bad beer but nothing special.

Mar 13, 2016
3.5 by Lare453 from Florida on Feb 21, 2016
3.69 by condorsim from Iowa on Feb 17, 2016
3.8 by Benish from Wisconsin on Feb 06, 2016
4.29 by patrick68L from Texas on Jan 08, 2016
3.59 by cdwil from Texas on Jan 02, 2016
3.8 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Dec 25, 2015
2.25 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Dec 24, 2015
3.88 by Dan_K from Colorado on Dec 22, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ocelot2500 from Maryland

Pours a clear amber color with a tight off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of yeast spice and dark fruits.

Tastes of the dark fruits layered with sweetness and spice. Dark fruits lead off with notes of cherries and raisins. Spice notes come next with clove and some pepper. Caramel sweetness adds towards the middle along with some bubble gum. Next comes herbal hop notes. Finishes with a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good Belgian Christmas style ale.

Dec 12, 2015
3.67 by keng1343 from Colorado on Dec 10, 2015
3.52 by acbe from Texas on Dec 06, 2015
3.77 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Dec 05, 2015
3.3 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas on Nov 23, 2015
3.98 by t_burkulosis from Colorado on Nov 07, 2015
Christmas Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 115 ratings