sebletitje (6226) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to super Dave, the cellar king of FL for bringing these rare offerings.
Got to try the 2005 and 2006 versions.
Both of them pour brownish with light tan - beige head, 05 had a more lingering lacing on the glass.
Aroma was a little more in the favor of the 05 version with a more nutty nose vs. a piny approach for the 06.
05 offers a more gingerbread taste with spices, smooth and light caramel. 06 has more light chocolate notes and caramel with molasses. with attenuated cinnamon touch.
Overall bot are very enjoyable beres that have aged well. Score goes to the 05 version.
Benzai (6219) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small bottle (with 2010 on it), shared with Drebus. Great color, dark with a deep-red glow. Makes you feel warm in cold days just by looking at it. Smelling it is completely different though. I smelled pepper! On first notive the taste is good, light bitter, but the aftertaste is pepper again, and that is somethibng I do not want to taste in my beer.
Plovmand (6119) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle served by karstenborg. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma is pumpkin, cardemon, sweet caramel and dark fruit. The flavour is toasted malt, spices, ripe fruit and some hops. Light pumpkin ale feel to it.
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motelpogo (6111) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
rbesg06, bottle at plain kitchen. deep brown with a beige head. aroma of rumíníraisin, licorice and cherry syrup. a bit on the thin side, some brown sugar, chocolate, sweetbread, quite alright but not as complex as expected
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Immediately familiar spice/malt nose bears a solid caramel background to the ginger/cinnamon/cloves/nutmeg. Not as expressive as I remember still. Burgundy-Brown, clear around the edges body, forming a regular beige head that slowly diminishes. Always has this interesting apparent complexity of aromas, though I canít say if it comes up to the sum of its parts. Spice derived bitterness brings no dryness in if perhaps diminishing the sweet feel. Really dull loose mouthfeel is a catastrophe, proposing pointy carbonation that accentuates the spices disparateness rather than bringing them together thus making the finish chaotic (ginger gum!!) and severely fatiguing grapey sweetness, kinda syrupy. Christmasy in its sticky pine gum spiciness. I usually enjoy OSA a lot more, but it is as if the attenuation is not as advanced for now and I doubt time could chime in enough to compensate.
crossovert (6081) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a magnum bottle, taste Christmas! This one taste sort of like Christmas tree and Christmas caramels. I liked it.
DuffMan (6070) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 2007 vintage. Clear deep copper with a light brown gense foamy head showing excellent retention and strong early lacing. Very intriguing spicy aroma. Not the usual spice, this is more like mace and bergamot with a little ginger and licorice. Also some cedar mulch aroma. Very interesting! Same spice-dominated palate overlying some nice crystal malt with flavours of orange rind, clove, ginger. Smooth and medium bodied with a surprisingly bitter finish, ending with a tartness that reminds of a good California common style. In fact, that is what this is like in a nutshell-- a very spiced-up, well-made California common. Unique and delicious and perfect for the season!
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at ōlbaren. Dark red brown colour with a beige head. Meat, malt, smoke, spicy aroma and taste. Medium body with a spicy finish.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, dark chocolate), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of allspice, nutmeg, scorched pine needles. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
blutt59 (5996) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, dark brown pour with thick khaki foam, nose is spicy with a flavor of malt, nuts and more spice, tasty