Beerenberger (1538) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of dark red fruit. Pours a clear cherry brown with an off-white, mostly lasting, head and no lacing. The taste is moderately sweet, but not cloying. Dark fruit, spices, candy sugar, and hints of alcohol. Medium-light body and medium carbonation. A nice tingle/burn lingers on the tongue. Overall, a rewarding Holiday sipper. Cheers!
subsonic (82) - Pataskala, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Malty aroma has a strong fruity note and an overtone of cloves and cinnamon. Pours a clear dark mahogany with a fairly thick light tan head. Robust flavor fills the mouth with fruity (apple, banana, a little pear), malty, clove, cinnamon, caramel and horehound notes. Firm, smooth texture has plenty of fizz and life. Good any time of year!"
onceblind (4521) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wooow, 1999 bottle! Aged 14 years, golly. Clear dark ruby, almost brown, no head. Nose is like a hotel lobby but with herbal spiced honey mead and a touch of cherry. The taste is big yet smooth, with a mellow toffee backbone, and Christmas spices, some boozy cherry, honey, raisin, and spice.
jefcon (1419) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nutty, earthy, very dry, light spice. The flavors and aromas are spot-on for a Belgian winter-type strong ale. Palate is a bit thin, however, and that’s my only complaint.
ejh8 (89) - - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich dark with Christmas spices to accentuate the season. Delicious double bock with the Christmas flavoring that is smooth and easy. Essential for Christmas night.
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wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at a Christmas tasting party. Nice and enjoyable. Thanks Doug for a great tasting!
fluffy (1782) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
like bernardus xmas ale, this a decent winter strong ale. a little more watery though.
boxofrane (2255) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at bistro on bridge. Pours clear copper with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. The aroma has dark fruit, brown sugar, cinnamon, some clove. The taste has a big nutmeg, brown sugar, pretty Damn sweet.
bnoel09 (444) - Elk Grove, California, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter from a bottle with a cork marked 42/12. Sort of a hazy brown with ruby highlights and a cream colored head with quite a bit of sediment floating throughout. Aroma is a mix of sugar, bread, and dark fruit notes. Flavor is sweet malts with a good dose of fruity almost cider like notes, and some spices. Palate seems a little odd - mouthfeel starts off on the thin side, but finishes sort of sticky, making it seem thicker, all the while with quite lively carbonation. Overall this is not bad, but just a little too cloyingly sweet for my tastes.
Gachupines (951) - USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy brown with a thick white head. Aroma is dark fruit, a little yeasty and bready. Flavor is pleasantly sweet with a bit of mild dark fruit and a touch of funky yeast. Big malt, nice and thick while finishing clean.