The big boys want to lump – at the bottom mind you – this brew with the Abbey Dubbels. I’m going to make my own call here. It’s a seasonal brew with the marketing to match. Plus the spice bite, delicate sweetness, and semi-robust ABV just aren’t there.
STYLE: Winter Warmer
LOOK: The body really isn’t there either. A rich, oaky brown carries the load. Soft head, softer lacing and retention.
NOSE: Whoppers, raisins, cherries.
MOUTH: Fizz deep in the back of my throat – that’s my first impression. Not the staid malt, not the toffee dash. Odd because I remember liking it more on Xmas Eve and even thinking it better than what it replaced, my local Xmas Ale, Christkindl. Jammy toast and small purple fruits let you know what could be. But overall a little too balanced for this style.
Beeradvocate Rating: 84
ratebeer Rating: 81
Hayward Abbey Rating: 77