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St. Nick's Holiday Ale
St. Nick's Holiday Ale
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post Apr 19 2005, 08:38 PM
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This one is a hit at the Christmas party. I would start brewing it now so that the flavors will balance out by December.

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post Apr 25 2005, 07:11 PM
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With a little age, this beer is GREAT. I have 3 bottles remaining from over a year ago. Recommend brewing this at least 6 months out before the holidays.
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post Apr 25 2005, 10:07 PM
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A very good beer with age. Cut back on the Cloves. Juice the Vanilla if you desire and add a little extra cinnamon. Age for at least 6-8months and you will have a nice enjoyable beer.
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post Apr 26 2005, 01:00 PM
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I brewed mine in November, and it is still in the secondary. Looks nice, will probably bottle here in a bit and put up in the closet until Christmas! I can't wait, heeard only good things about it. I also cut the cloves back!
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post May 29 2005, 10:08 PM
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yep, good beer with proper aging.

I agree, cut back on the cloves and add more vanilla... my first attempt at this turned out to be a rather nasty tasting concoction (spices were overpowering).
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post May 31 2005, 10:08 AM
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did this last fall - I might cut back on the spices as well. it was a big hit with all who drank it. I didn't let it age much though - may try another batch in august or so.
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post Jul 21 2005, 12:43 AM
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I did this one back in college, when we were notorious for not being able to wait long enough for proper aging. It was a bit sweet & somewhat assertive (which is to be expected without the proper aging) but even then I enjoyed it, for the first bottle. But the women said they loved it. So I fed them that while I enjoyed a brown ale. I brought a fair amount home for the holidays and my pops let some of the bottles cold condition for quite some time and enjoyed them thoroughly. I'll have to give this one another try, maybe brew it soon so I'll have some decent aging before Christmas.
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post Jul 21 2005, 02:25 AM
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Aging is the key. I wish I would have cut back on the spices too. I brewed this back in Oct. 2004 and I still have a case left. It is getting much better with age and cold conditioning is helping a great deal. I think it will be perfect for this coming Christmas.
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post Jul 21 2005, 05:40 PM
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damn you people. After reading the thread I ordered the kit. Hoping it will tone down enough for this christmas.
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post Jul 21 2005, 06:34 PM
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Hop Mania, I brewed mine a month ago yesterday, so I am hoping also that we have a enough time for the holidays. I did cut back on the cloves a bit so I hope that will help mellow it quicker. I have sampled MEL's version of this beer and it is darn good.

BTW Hop Mania, we should swap a couple beers since we are so close.
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post Jul 21 2005, 07:46 PM
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QUOTE(jayflap @ Jul 21 2005, 06:35 PM)
Hop Mania, I brewed mine a month ago yesterday, so I am hoping also that we have a enough time for the holidays. I did cut back on the cloves a bit so I hope that will help mellow it quicker. I have sampled MEL's version of this beer and it is darn good.

BTW Hop Mania, we should swap a couple beers since we are so close.
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you coming out for the great taste? A few of us are hoping to get together for that. Post party at my house...
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post Nov 13 2005, 06:34 PM
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I brewed this recipe this month. Should I cold condition this beer or just let it sit till next year. I have prepared a case and closed it up and wrote on the box do not open till 10/06.
cold or just at room temp.

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post Nov 13 2005, 07:30 PM
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QUOTE(bennettd @ Nov 13 2005, 11:35 PM)
I brewed this recipe this month. Should I cold condition this beer or just let it sit till next year. I have prepared a case and closed it up and wrote on the box do not open till 10/06.
cold or just at room temp.

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Good question. I split it. Half cold, half room...
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post Nov 14 2005, 07:51 PM
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QUOTE(Hop Mania @ Jul 21 2005, 05:47 PM)
you coming out for the great taste?  A few of us are hoping to get together for that.  Post party at my house...
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What date and where.
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I would really like to know what this is going to turn out like.
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post Nov 28 2006, 05:42 PM
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Threw this in my kegerator yesterday. It's not carbed up yet to the desireable levels, but upon tasting the first sample in my 7 oz tasting glass (and the 2nd and 3rd), I can honestly say that this is a fantastic beer. I have had this bulk aging in a keg since the beginning of September, so a little under 3 months. I'll definitely make this one again for next winter. (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/smile.gif)
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