Father Christmas
Barrel of Monks Brewing

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #228
Ranked #26,345
3.86 | pDev: 5.96%
Barrel of Monks Brewing
Florida, United States
Very Good
Father ChristmasFather Christmas
Notes: 10% Belgian inspired Dark Ale with Holiday Spices.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 11 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives a tawny color with ruby highlights; the cap fits in at one finger and leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Malty, with a sweet caramel tone and a hint of apple

Taste: Caramel malts forward, with a hint of licorice, apple and honey developing; I don't get the expected complexity from a BSDA here, just a sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I was hoping for a holiday-spiced BSDA here but this did not deliver; more like a winter warmer

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Nov 25, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Deep black with a brown highlight at the very bottom where the stem of the glass starts. Three fingers of foamy tan head even on a careful pour.

Smell: Alcohol, spices, cherries, a little malt, a little sweet orange.

Taste: Bitter with a mild hop flavor to begin, a little of that spiciness from the nose, and noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and fairly heavy carbonation.

Overall: This might be a beer you'd want to bottle condition for a year or more after manufacture. The hops are a little overpowering of the other flavors.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Dec 15, 2018
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3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice ruby color with a lasting tan head that laces nicely. Smells like a pumpkin without the pumpkin. Warm and spicy, not sure if malts stand up to the spices enough. Was a little confused at first but ended up enjoying it.

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Davis714 from Florida, Dec 13, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown Ruby color with a khaki head. Spicy notes of potpourri and caramel and fruit cake notes dominate the aroma and flavors. Medium body. It's a pretty good Christmas ale but lacks amazing depth or complexity.

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crob3888 from California, Jul 03, 2016
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is the only beer from these guys i havent really liked. it needs work for sure. first of all, advertised as a belgian dark, its like copper in the glass, at the darkest. nice head though. there arent a lot of spices on the nose either, for me, its all sweet caramelized malt. i get very very little depth too, just sweet malt, a slight red apple thing, and then the belgian yeast, which is bubblegum-like and a little overly flavorful in front of what else is going on here. in the flavor, i am looking for a lot more. hardly any spices at all. maybe a slight hint of anise or licorice, honey, and possibly allspice, but some of this might be from the yeast too. the grain is just too sweet for me, the body too thin, and the rest of it just sort of missing. its not that boozy for how strong it is though, which is nice. i had way higher hopes for this, especially in the context of their other beers, which have been absolutely fantastic. for those looking for a sweeter holiday beer, this is a good pick, its well made, but it lacks distinction in my mind. good but certainly not great.

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Father Christmas from Barrel of Monks Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 11 ratings