auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep ruby tinted sienna with a creamy coffee head and percolating carbonation. Fragrant aroma of high school bathroom cleaner and bleach. Flavor is similiar, but with more floral vegetal qualities, perched atop a small mound of swarz-like toasted maltiness, rounded with toffee and toast. Sweet, fairly light, crisp and clean. Not terribly complex.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Chocolat, roasted, light licorice and some blackberry aroma. Dark brown color, light brown head, good lace. Coffee flavor, fruity, hint of cherry, hint of licorice, lots of spices but mainly clove. Nice body and complex. Donít see much difference between this one and the other vintages though.
jerohen (2167) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. I had one at ít Klooster in Delft with my fellow Ratebeerians.Dark brown coloured, lasting brown head. Malts and spices dominate, followed by a lasting bitter finish. Nice beer.
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2011 6th Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Also had it at ít Klooster in Delft, was sold as Anchor Snow. Black, brown appearance. Very bitter and spicy flavor, with clove.
Had the 2007 version, chocolate aroma, earthy, roasted malts.
2009 version tap @ Beertemple. Black, spicy, cloves, metallic, malty, chocolate.
2010 version: Black, spicy, cloves, sweetness, malty.
bierkoning (12271) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 2005 version: Tap, ít Klooster Delft. Sold as "snow Anchor". Loads of clove both in aroma and flavor. Very spicy, with clove up front. Some malt and raisin. Lacks balance. 6 3 6 2 10 = 2.7
2007 version: bottle: Strong aroma of red berries, cardemom and ginger.
Spicy, yet warm alcoholic flavor with red berries. Thin. Too spicy to be really enjoyable.
2010 version: bottle. Dark brown color. Anis, dried fruit, orange peel and cardemom in the aroma. Sweet, spicy flavor with lots of citrusfruit, cinnamon, anis and cardemom. Spicy, but still satisfyingly balanced.
(7 4 7 2 13 = 3.1)
caesar (6600) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, t Klooster, Delft. Dark color, medium off-white head. Aroma of loads of clove, some coffee. Very spicy taste of clove, some roasted malt and coffee, licorice. Overwhelming clove, but i liked it.
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Very intense and special nose of a some red berry that I canít recognize. Nutmeg is also very apparent together with citrus, orange and sweeter notes of cinnamon and licorice; Medium full, bitter and balanced body, compared to the nose it lacks power; Bitter, sour, complex finish, where orange, nutmeg and licorice stands out the most.
Very special beer. The individual elements of this beer: aroma, flavor etc are all quite good on their own, they just donít fit together that well.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This blew me away. The aroma is nothing short of miraculous. I had to look twice to make sure this was a beer. My wife said it is heavy on the plum, but that may be teaberry as others have notted. The balance of holiday spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and the malt sweet overtones are nearly perfect. WOW!!!!!!!!
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
tasted vs the 03 and 04. better than 04, but not as good as 03. tons of nutmeg (they should just call this nutmeg brew), cinammon, other spices. nice body, good flavor, but just too nutmeg-y.
Nate (4170) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really fresh spicy nose. Nutmeg and teaberry, cinammon, clove and fresh ginger. Tootsie Roll, cocoa powder, molasses. Herbal floral hops. Has a really nice mellowness with fine mixture of sweet malts, roasted nuttiness and spicy holiday aroma. Dark, dark brown-black clear with thin foamy light tan head. Medium watery body with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts with a medium dry roasted malt character, with Tootsie Roll and cocoa sweetness. Nice mix of Christmas spices - nutmeg, ginger, and clove. Mild tangy carbonic acidity toward the finish, with a mellowing warmness. After is nutty with decent hit of hoppy spicy bitterness. Overall, a nice Christmas ale.