kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: December 30, 2010
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: clear gold, creamy white head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, candied fruit, light spicyness, just a touch of bitterness
Overall: light and sweet and very drinkable but I like a bit more depth in a Christmas beer
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber and slightly hazy. Smells a little bit plasticy with light orchard fruits. Has some phenols with alcohol, very light fruit and some mild hop spice.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle. Orange amber color with a big white head. Bread, cherry, and faint wet straw with lemon zest aroma. Dry with modest alcohol presence and a little mealy malt. Fruity alcohol and A little ripe melon. Light bodied and highly carbonated. Decent pale strong ale but nothing outstanding.
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craftycarl21 (2254) - 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 (2130) - 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 (8742) - 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 (13422) - 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 (3888) - 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 (2430) - 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.