jazz88 (2571) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (2002 vintage). A murky brown color with a foamy tan head. A bready, caramel, spice, and candy aroma. A strong alcohol presece that follows the spice. A mix of sweet candy, flowers, and malts.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark copper-garnet in color, with a large off-white head that lasted well and left nice lacing. Aroma is sweet, yeasty and fruity with spice and herbs - like some alcohol soaked holiday fruitcake (a good, fresh one, not one that's been passed around for years). Flavor is more tart and sharp than expected, fruity with yeast tones, a hop bite and alcohol finish. Pleasant, creamy body giving a nice mouthfeel. Pretty good as is, but this one might really benefit from some aging.
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2003
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby amber color; nice head. Simple aroma, paper-like.Thin body, just a lot of caramel, ending with a quite strong but short bitterness. Missing complexity, not mellow, and far from being a beer for Christmas!
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2004 Update: Beer pours attractive chesnut with a beautifully retained tan colored head. Aroma is deeply malty, some milk chocolate and spices. Flavor is delicously malty with wonderful spiciness, yeast, and a nice dry finish. This is better than I remember.
ElGaucho (2253) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pleasant find in a bar in the Paris airport. Faint, sweet, fruity aroma. Avg.-sized, off-white head. Light brownish red in color. Malty with relatively high alcohol presence. Nice cookie finish as it warms. Solid. A good warming beer with good flavor. Sweet and rich.
Ungstrup (29956) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is sweet with notes of raisins and cloves. The color is deep red and it has a light brown lasting head. The flavor is lovely sweet with notes of raisins, cloves, oranges, and plums. The alcohol is well disguised, but runs prickling over the tongue. It has no bitterness, but the raisin notes and alcohol lingers for a long time.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fish-egg type bubbles atop a cloudlike head. Cloudy garnet hue. Baby swiss & yeast aroma. Pumpkin, malkt, sharp cheese, soft pepper and touch of brown sugar. Similar to Abbey de Rocs (IMHO) except less flavorful and refined.
obxdude10 (2085) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice Belgain ale, I really didn't think there was anything all that special about this, tasted basically like a regular ol Belgian-style ale, even like a Trappist ale, nonetheless a great beer though, ruby color, huge bubbly white head that laced around the glass, candy sugar & yeast in the nose, nice malt profile, sweet malty flavors, a bit of a bitey, yeasty finish
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Vintage - Clear ruby with a fine particled light brown head. Lacing is excellent. Very nice aroma, candi sugar and yeast. The flavor is very nice, sweet with a firm malt backing. A nice change from all of the super spiced belgian winter brews. The body is superb; full with a tingly alcohol/carbonation bite. Overall a very fine Belgian winter.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There were malts, Belgian yeasts, ginger, and sugars in the aroma. Nice head and a deep copper color. The flavor was mildly hoppy, spicy, sugary, and a hint of apple. The palate was smooth and slightly bitter with slightly sticker mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this beer, although it is on the rich side.