nicholai (100) - Helsinki, - JAN 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was very taken with this beer. Beautiful in the glass, wonderful smell, and a taste that delivers what it promises. The nose is metallic (not a bad thing), sweet, grainy malt, yeast, and citrus freshness. Not cloying like some Xmas beers. Also some grape and plum notes. The taste is equally complex - nutty, subtly spiced, rich and complex and very easy drinking. I have enormous respect for this brewery.
shoulderbroken (1144) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sugaya. Dark golden brown colour, small golden bubbly head.
Aroma is sweet and boozy, bit fruity, plums maybe, apples. Taste is nice, apples again, spicy, gingerbread, yeasty, marzipan. Bit sticky, golden syrup. Pretty nice. Fair bit of sediment.
cpetrone84 (959) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a dark ruby red with a tight light tan head. Nose is caramel, candied sugar, light metallic note, and banana in back. Taste is sweet, caramel is light, a touch sugary, faint seltzer and metallic not mid palate, light banana lingers through the finish. Lighter body, hides alcohol very well, moderate carbonation, and slightly empty on the finish.
NordicV (760) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mörkt brun öl med beige skum. Doft av malt, laktrits jäst och viss kryddighet. Mycket lakritsrot i smaken tillsammans med jäst, kryddighet och fikon.
solidfunk (1786) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice find at Thirsty and Miserable after some tacos in Kensington Market. Lots of candy cane sweetness in aroma and follow through. Has candied malt and booze in aroma. Pours red with creamy head but little lacing. Bottle.
Glouglouburp (5545) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A sweet, fruity yeasty burgundy ale with spicy-candy spiciness. Well made beer.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when probably 1 year of age.
The look: Kind of cloudy dark burgundy body topped by a medium beige head. A LOT of big yeast chunks, as chunky as in the classic Des Rocs Brune.
In long: Nose is predominantly yeasty, notes of spicy candies. Taste is quite fruity, sweet multi-fruity breakfast jam (blueberries, strawberries, other berries), concentrate grapefruit juice, barley candy lollipop, well integrated smooth candy spiciness (cinnamon, etc.). A bit of caramel and barley candy but overall the sweetness in this beer is very much fruit concentrate. Thick juicy body with just enough soft bubbles. I’ve had this beer numerous time, even when fresh it is not the most spicy xmas beer, but I still prefer to give it some time for the spiciness to better integrate the fruity flavors. Very good beer even if not among my favorite Des Rocs. A pretty good Christmas beer, that special time of year when I want to spend time with the people you care about but I have to spend time with my family instead.
pentaz (456) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2013
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle (BB 16/09/2013). Pours hazy brown with a lot of big floaties with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma is brown sugar, rye like spice, raisin, prune, bread, orange peel, maple syrup, hazel nut, rubber, cigar, wet soil, mould, pepper, clove. Taste is medium sweet and light sour. Body is medium, texture is slightly slick, carbonation is moderate. Finishes is long and spicy dry and with substantial fusel-burn. Interesting and complex nose, but unappetizing appearance and taste. I threw the rest in the sink.
JefVerstraete (408) - BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber colour, cloudy. Medium carbonation. Complex nose of orange, cinnamon, apricots. Easy to drink despite of the high alcoholpercentage. Balanced and nice beer.
ShivanDragon (471) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
tijdens het openen van het flesje spoot het bier alle kanten op, waarschijnlijk een geïnfecteerd geraakt bier. aroma was aangetast, smaken waren niet erg aangenaam.
TickerTerryDJ (635) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75clbottle from Cotteridge Wines poured a dark amber colour and sported a huge whitish head.Malt and toffee aromas with a hint of fruit and some spice in the background.Caramel malt and toffee coming through in the taste with a little yeast and also a light spicing throughout including cinnamon.Hugh head lasted throughout.Didnt notice the alcohol in this one at all.Nice,easy drinking brew.
GerryM (33) - Girona, - JAN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromatica, especiada, dolçeta.Espuma poc consistent.Regustos a galeta,jenjibre.