mansquito (2878) - 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 (1444) - 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 itís 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.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, bread, and tons of Belgian yeast. I smell none of the fruit that many others report as present in the aroma. Poured amber/orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny, and a few small, particles throughout. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of Belgian yeast, malt, bread, dough, and some dust. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Yeast, light malt, bread, dough, and slight dust finish is dry. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
pintocb (641) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Golden color. A little cloudy. White head. Aroma is faint, but I got grain and some spice. Clean flavor, apples and pears. Very effervescent. My fav beer of the night.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear orange color with a long lasting pillowy head. Aroma is grain, toast, honey, clove, some citrus, and very herbal. Flavor is honey, orange, coriander, spice, herbal, and a light peppery finish.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I just celebrated Christmas Eve dinner, sharing a bottle of this with my brother-in-law. I had aged the bottle two or three years, and the aging didnít hurt it any though itís impossible to say what it would have been fresh. Itís an attractive pour, with a big initial head and a somewhat oily body, with a hazy range of colors, like a sunset in brown-to-yellow spectra. The flavor wasnít all that exceptional, but is reasonably well balanced with some alcohol lifting the aroma and flavor and some yeast, bread, citrus, and very mild hops. Body a little flat (a product of aging?) Decent, drinkable, though not a particularly good complement to a dinner of BBQ ribs (a family Christmas Eve tradition). 750 ml. bottle.
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite tasty but nothing overtly Christmas. Does that matter? Probably not. Very fruity and spicy aroma from a cloudy amber with a big head. The flavor is fruity at first and the peppery with a nice alcohol burn at the end. Very warming and since itís only about 20 degrees here in the Pinelands, thatís a good thing.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark gold with a wispy off-white head. Notes of dusty yeast, earthy malt, herbal, lightly bready yeast. Light notes of spice, pear, and apple. Medium to full bodied, lively carbonation.
fidelis83 (1733) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy, peach gold with a tall, frothy light beige head that has excellent retention and leaves some tiny bits of lacing. Aroma is tree fruit, zesty citrus, peppery yeast, sweet floral notes, a bit of alcohol and some dry grass. Flavor is dusty grain, light tree fruit, hay, bready and peppery yeast, a touch of fusel alcohol, and grassy yeast. Palate is surprisingly light bodied, moderately carbonated and has a slightly chalky feel. Not the best BSA out there, a little bland really.
StefanSD (1924) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a small white head that quickly recedes to a fine film. The aroma is Saison-like with spices, white fruits, yeast and cardboard. The flavor has molasses, brown sugar, plums, dough and a hint of cola. The palate is somewhat thin and the carbonation is prickly. Finishes medium in duration with lingering burnt sugar. Overall: Ok beer, but I expected more.