GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, 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 (9997) - 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 (3805) - 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 (2392) - 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 (7020) - 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 (2239) - 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 (5676) - 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
mansquito (3297) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
New Beer Distributors, NY 11.2oz ($3.80): Pours a brownish red color with a proper looking head. Aroma is actually quite nice, very sweet and fruity, with some nice yeasts and all that. However, the taste is lacking. It is sweet, but not excessively so. Has a kinda flat spiciness going throughout. Alcohol is sufficiently well covered. Good, but not great and the aroma makes you think that you will be getting a different beer.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
THOUGHTS: Exploded on opening. This was overly sweet. Probably not something I would try again unless I was in Belgium and I could be sure it’s fresh.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, medium orangey gold with a large, slightly off-white head that kept a nice sheet and left good lacing. It also had tiny, small and medium particles in the body of a thick density. It was bottle conditioned. The aroma had light molasses, caramel and fruitcake; moderate to heavy dough and horse blanket yeast; along with candied fruit, alcohol, honey, candy sugar and apricot. The initial flavor was rather sweet; while the finish was heavily sweet and lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was honey, candy sugar, caramel, light herbal hops just to balance all the sweetness, lots of yeast, sort of doughy yeast, sugar water and apricot. The medium body was syrupy with fairly soft yet tingly carbonation and an ever so slightly alcoholic finish.