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Good evening and Merry Christmas to all!  Whether you’re celebrating the holiday today or not, I hope everyone out there had a happy and safe day today.  Let’s bring on the beer!

Beer Name: The Bruery (Placentia, CA)

Brewery: 12 Drummers Drumming

Style: Belgian Quadruple / Old Ale Blend

ABV: 12%

Description: The final entry in The Bruery’s long running line of Christmas brews, this beer is a 4:1 blending of a big Belgian Quad and a bourbon barrel aged old ale.

Appearance: Poured a deep, dark brown body with reddish highlights and a bubbly tan head up top.

Smell: Sweet dark fruit, tart cherry, and a slight oak presence.

Taste: Complex malts upfront blend caramel and toffee sweetness with dark fruits (think plum, fig, and cherry).  As the sip went in it took on mature barrel influences, developing a slight oak character along with hints of vanilla and a light amount of heat.  Very finely blended, all aspects of the taste flowed perfectly into one another. The quad definitely took the lead on this, but the old ale was definitely there below the surface adding a really nice extra dimension.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium-plus body with fairly low carbonation.

Hype: Elevated, out of both respect for the brewery and all the good things I’ve heard about this series over the years.

Overall: A delicious, impressive brew.  Really well executed and a joy to sip on a holiday evening (or likely any point this winter in all honesty).  This brew did not disappoint and it came at a very respectable $12 price point for the large format bottle. Totally worth it!