craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to GT2. Hazy golden pour with a fairly large fluffy white head. Nose holds big fruit esters, nectarine sweetness, a touch of caramel oxidation, licorice, and some dark fruit notes in the form of raisin and plum. Flavor brings more intense fruity sweetness along with some bread and angel food cake. Fairly nice, but very sweet.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A moderately hazy orange pour with mounds of yeast residuals floating in suspension. The head starts out small and white, quickly fading to a ring veneer. Sweet angelfood cake dough gives way to boozy citrus, mild oxidation, buttery toffee, and doughy dark fruits. Graham cracker booze, yeasty dough, and oxidation come out further in the flavor. Thick and sweet palate with a smacking sticky finish.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL. Pours a clear, light orange with lots of yeast particulate. A thick, sheen, beige head erupts. Good retention. Extremely estery nose with diacetyl hints...margarine. Taste is incredibly sweet with licorice, fruit cake, and yellow raisin. Decently cloying with such a wallop of candi sugar. Definitely has Christmas Belgian Strong Ale character despite its SRM. Has some of the old fruit cake character of Gouden Carolus Noel but lacks the black cherry dessert aspect. Overall, too sweet for me and estery to the maximum.
Travlr (9819) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Bright golden color, thick white head. Aroma of white pepper and straw. Taste is smoothly bitter but plain.
IrishBoy (3685) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle (bb 08/08/12) from a Belgian Christmas Sampler Pack at Bevmo Salinas. Nose is candi sugar, caramel, yeast, and cloves, lightly hazy orange gold with a big, long lasting, heavy lacing, pale yellow head. Flavor is caramel apples, cloves, white pepperiness, and light bitterness.
jimhilt (2339) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours five+ finger white head that fades very slowly, leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grass and malt nose and flavor has malt, hints of honey - nice mellow sweetness. $3.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Pours bold orange with lots of floaties and a big whitish head. The aroma is peppery with a few tropical fruit notes, plenty of yeast, some clove, and hints of raisin, rum, and alcohol. The flavor is raisin, mango, a little bit of strawberry, white pepper, clove, coriander, and a little bit of candy sugar. There is a warm yeasty bran muffin quality for a moment, then a dry finish. Mouthfeel is dry, almost to the point of being astringent, but not quite. Not bad.
crossovert (5629) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice amber/honey color with a decent quickly dissipating head.
It smells very fruity with apples, peaches, a hint of pineapple. Like juice, there is just enough yeast to make it smell beery.
The taste is very much of caramel, with some yeasty twang. The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, though the carbonation is there, it seems the malt flavors come off a bit watery, while the fruity yeast hits home carried by the carbonation.
This is a basic Belgian Strong Pale, there’s nothign distincitvly wintery or Christmasy about it besides the fruity scent.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-26-2009 21:36:43
Gription79 (1898) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours golden with a tall off-white head. Nose was butterscotch and fruity, with sweetness/graininess of pilsner malts. Highly carbonated, slight fruitiness and sweet toffee in the finish. Sweet, Belgian Christmas beer...it had sugar plums (or just sugar) dancing in my head.
swoopjones (4890) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo, NY. somewhat darker amber pour. Bready, fruity Belgian yeast. Good flavor. Caramel malts, light to medium floral fruitiness. 8% pretty well hidden. Decent