Christmas Ale
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
3.74 | pDev: 9.63%
Jan 10, 2021
Nov 17, 2012
Very Good
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 3.75 by npdevil27 from Massachusetts

Jun 06, 2018
Rated: 3.8 by gangstabobangsta from Colorado

Jan 19, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by GreyGooseStout from Colorado

Jan 11, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by Adam1993 from Maryland

Dec 20, 2017
Rated: 4 by shigg85 from Japan

Dec 04, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by Prezzy from Colorado

Nov 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.25 by Bryan12345 from Texas

Mar 31, 2017
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Reviewed by NatGasKing from Wyoming

3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.98 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jan 22, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by Vonerichs from Colorado

Jan 13, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by NeverSettle from Texas

Dec 29, 2016
Rated: 4 by Knobs303 from Colorado

Dec 29, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by zbooks from Texas

Dec 29, 2016
Rated: 4 by elglueckert from Montana

Dec 27, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Rick778 from California

Dec 26, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by CojakSilverBack from Colorado

Dec 22, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by kds2437 from Texas

Dec 21, 2016
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Rated by ControlVolume from Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Flirts between smooth sweetness and carbonated bite which detracts but overall very good
Dec 07, 2016
Rated: 3.82 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Sep 06, 2016
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Reviewed by Libeertarian from Montana

4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.83 by CUBeerBuff from Washington

May 07, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by littledreamer87 from Utah

Apr 05, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Mar 26, 2016
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 3.5 by Lare453 from Florida

Feb 21, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by condorsim from Iowa

Feb 17, 2016
Rated: 3.8 by Benish from Utah

Feb 06, 2016
Rated: 4.29 by patrick68L from Texas

Jan 08, 2016
Rated: 3.59 by cdwil from Texas

Jan 02, 2016
Rated: 3.8 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

Dec 25, 2015
Rated: 2.25 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Dec 24, 2015
Rated: 3.88 by Dan_K from Colorado

Dec 22, 2015
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Reviewed by ocelot2500 from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 3.67 by keng1343 from Colorado

Dec 10, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by acbe from Texas

Dec 06, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Dec 05, 2015
Rated: 3.3 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas

Nov 23, 2015
Rated: 3.98 by t_burkulosis from Colorado

Nov 07, 2015
Christmas Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 115 ratings