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.
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled-11/03. Spicy Belgian aroma - lots of fruity esters, clovey phenols, and peppery alcohols. Deep red amber, impressive head, good lacing. Flavor is malty, slightly fruity, with hints of honey and cinnamon. Medium bodied, finishes dry. This bottle was quite young. As it is, this beer is standard fare for a Belgian - all the requisite characteristics but nothing overly complex or interesting. With age, the maltiness and spiciness will likely round out nicely - we'll have to wait and see...
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 10, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled-10/02 Dark brown/red hue with a nice tan head. The nose is malty, a little yeasty, and there is some other note that is a little off to me; cork maybe. Flavor is a bit tainted, metallic-like notes kill what seems like a subtle play of malts and spice. Too bad, it looked so good. Nice dry finish.
hopscotch (10644) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy, copper ale.
The nose is of malt, black licorice and Winter spices.
Very sweet, sticky, malty flavor up front. Astringent and well-balanced on the backside with bitter and citrusy hops. Bone dry finish.
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml. brown corked & caged bottle. Date on cork was 10/03, so it's a very fresh batch. Poured out a medium brown color, with a massive head. A loud pop expelled the cork rather forcefully. The head was light brown in color, and it faded very slowly back to a sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. Aromas are of sweet malts, bready yeast, and a very subtle spicyness as well. Tastes of malts take over as the hops fade away into oblivion. A nice seasonal, but nothing to write home about.
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, what a celebration!! Beautiful ruby pour with a long lasting head. Nice, although subtle, aroma. Give this one to a port fan. Best seasonal I've had to date.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This christmas beer was the best. Very malty and fruity flavor. Well balanced with malt nad hops. Very enjoyable. Nice and smooth.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thank you Oakes for pointing this out in your latest article. The cork on this one blasted a hole in the ceiling. This has to be the best looking beer ever. A beautiful deep brick red color, with a huge rocky head. Malty and fruity aroma. Very malty and fruity flavor. Enjoyable to the last.
Andrew196 (1469) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ridiculously large, beige head. Sweet, malty nose, very bold in aroma. I held onto this beer for a while so it mellowed out nicely. Went down fairly smooth with alcohol notes and ripened fruits. Slight pepper sensation on the back of the tongue with each sip. Well done!