nick76 (4128) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 The aroma is very citrusy and sweet with alcohol and caramel. The appearance is light red/brown with a large head. The flavor is not great but not bad. It is citrusy and soapy with some sweetness and toasted malt. The palate is smooth with some spices in the finish. Overall itís not a disappointment but not great.
boxofrane (1722) - 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 (401) - 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 (748) - 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.
baraciisch (1290) - USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark magenta in color... Aroma of banana, clove, brown candi sugar... Flavor is light brown malts, spices come through on palate.... Yeasty finish... Okay
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wildbeercat (275) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle into a trappist glass; served cool.
Aroma: Pretty fruity actually. A little white grape and peach maybe. Orange too. Some nice spice.
Appearance: Dark, but clear, ruby body with a small, creamy, light tan head.
Taste: Orange and peach up front, followed by a little spice and yeast. Nice toasty malt throughout. Flavors arenít in your face; theyíre nice and mild.
Palate: Medium body, moderate fruity/malty finish.
Overall: A nice Christmas beer; the fruit in the aroma plays nicely with the spice in the flavor. Really nice!
gschrade (357) - Collinsville, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours reddish-brown with a tan head. Taste Carmel, fruity, sweet. I thought this was pretty good. I would definitely drink this again.
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kvnstfrd (31) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2013
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Appearance: A crystal clear dark copper color with a small off-white head. Bubbles are small and diminish quicky, so I expect this to be quite prickly.
Fruit and spices, but very faint, even after swirling in the glass several times.
A lot going on here! Belgian yeast, fig, molasses, a hint of ripe cherry and then a light dose of clove and cinnamon spice comes through, especially as it warms up a bit.
Seems full bodied at first, but the high amount of carbonation makes the aftertaste light, prickly and dry. A warming alcohol burn at the very end.
Christmas (spiced) beers are not my favorite style, but I always look forward to them each year because they are constanly changing and always interesting. Overall, this is a good beer, but I think less carbonation would improve it considerably.
MarcoDL (1017) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amai, this is one sweet beer. I knew what to expect, since this is a christmas beer. But even knowing that I was not prepared for the tsunami of sugar. Decent beer.
jstraw (1847) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy caramel with good, fine-bubble, foamy head, good legs / Sweet, malty nose of dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee / Medium to full body, creamy, smooth, sweet but with excellent balance and good bitterness peaking out from under the big body / Flavors of date, raisin, fig, fresh caramel, chocolate, nut, sherry, cinnamon / Outstanding, even in August.
RolkaNation (140) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful dark ruby red color, big fluffy head. Aroma is more subdued than I imagined but has notes of sherry, dark cherry, sugar cookie, and Belgian yeast. Thick going down with a nice soft carbonation. Taste echoes the nose but with a hint of pine as well and a bit of a metallic quality late. Definitely a solid beer for sure, but several better Belgian Christmases out there.