BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish body, good head formation. Aroma of freshly baked bread, dark fruits, well spiced with a hint of mint. Slight fizziness on the palate, doughy, bready, oaky, plenty of spice and some chocolate and licorice. Dry spiciness in the finish blends well against the heavy malts.
legion242 (2343) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Garnet color; fluffy head; nose of dark fruit. spicy body- good mouth presence.
fly (1452) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this with a deicious Xmas dinner. How nice to compliment it with a fine ale. Yum. Nice spices on the fruity side. Perhaps a tad over carbonated. Found the alcohol pretty well hid under the flavor. Very much enjoyed.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel maltiness and spicy prunes dominate the flavor. The mouthfeel is too thick with carbonation. I don’t taste Christmas in this beer. It is not flavorful or full-bodied enough for a special occasion.
notalush (5626) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant appearance, frothy head, spicy aroma. Spices, chocolate and malt in the flavor. A bit too much carbonation, but it has a smooth finish.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown to red color. sharp aroma. floral and spicy. the body is nice and smooth and the alcohol definitely kicks you (at least at 9:45am). sweet flavor with some alcohol in the flavor and lots of floral and spicy notes. finishes very clean.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy Orange-brown color, huge frothy head that leaves a clingy lace in the glass, sweet bready floral aroma, sweet caremel malty flavor, nice light bitterness in the finish, medium body with a pleasant creamy mouthfeel, a great seasonal ale,
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber coloured beer with an off white big head. Malty, slightly sour aroma. Slightly sweet taste with a bitterness coming towards the finish. Rather carbonated.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great looking beer, nice frothy head. Not as smooth and malty as I wish for in a Belgian brown (Westy it is not), but still pretty nice.
Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002, 750 ml bottle. Very drinkable. I bought this for a friend’s holiday party, and so while not taking notes tonight--if I had, I think I would have been disappointed--instead rolling with the experience it worked well. The 8.5% abv hit me quickly, and the frothy head and palate made it very drinkable. Maltiness dominates, and no striking complexity or interesting flavors, but a classically enjoyable Belgian style.