CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold Foil Capped 750 ml 2011 Bottle #755/1800. Mahogany colored in appearance with a substantial cap of tan foam. Lots of caramel, figs, prunes and molasses in the aroma as well as some yeast funk around the edges. The taste is loaded up front with notes of brown sugar, raisins, dates and black cherries in addition to some vanilla, maple and allspice notes toward the end. The body is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation while the finish serves up a final dose of malt, dark fruits and booze. Overall, a quality holiday sipping beer that tastes something like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale crossed with a Barley Wine.
tmalaher (31) - Calgary, CANADA - MAR 31, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice basic beer with reasonable spicing. Nice as a special Christmas beer. A whole bottle is hard to drink
BeerAndPonies (155) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015 vintage (10.1% abv) single 355 ml bottle from broken-up holiday cases from Sobeys Liquor, served in a funky Dos Equis glass. Pours a shade of amber similar to dilute cola, with many fine streams of carbonation, and a light tan head topped with bubbles like just-poured milk, and generous lacy lace. Delivers a big aroma of candy, clove, bubblegum, banana and other very ripe tropical fruit, and what I interpret as fragrant wood. The warming is instantaneous with the sip; as I go, softer candy, spice, and tropical fruits, wood, some toast, and even a little more heat to govern my intake of this Yuletide bruiser. Thick, and a moderate lingerer on the palate. Not my style of Christmas ale, but seems to be executed well and befitting the season, as I finished it happily enough. What will 2016 bring?
DCLawyer (2393) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlog from the Brony Bottle Share at Travlr’s. Amber with small beige head. Brown sugar, candy, dark fruit, caramel malt, toffee, spice. Reminiscent of St. Bernardus Christmas, but not up to that standard.
Ernesto987 (5289) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured by the brewer himself. Big sticky spiced strong ale. Moderate to light belgian yeast (quag) flavors. Tasty and grand. Tons going on, molasses, sugar, cinnamon, plums. A very slow sipper.Some oxidation (cardboardy-bread) from aging.
bdleedahl (71) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 beer advent. Nice belgian yeast flavour, cleanly brewed with relatively light body for the 10% alcohol. Mild xmas spices in perfect quantity to compliment the belgian flavour.
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RCx240 (195) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, reddish amber in colour. Minimal off white head, no lacing. Aroma of nutmeg, molasses, candied fruit, gingerbread, cinnamon. Taste is sweet, earthy, hints of plum, cinnamon, and apple. Full bodied, thick, viscous, and oily. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, some heat as a result of the high alcohol content. Pleasantly complex and well executed.
simonblaine (565) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 beer advent calendar. Pours Brown, no head. Aroma of dried fruity booze. Taste is a sweet boozy dried fruit, cherries, plums, bourbon, pear, Apple, caramel. Good. Not my favorite style, but a good beer.
ryanhunter_4 (196) - La Crete, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml bottle poured at home. Day 6 of the beer advent calendar. Pours a dark ruby red with a beige head. moderate lacing. At first smell I thought I got apples but after it smelled more like some other quads, mostly cherries, spice and alcohol. Taste is quite strong, but it works. Picking up sweet notes (cherries) but has a strong alcohol finish. This is quite good.
RhetoricalAns (766) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany pour, thin rocky head. Sweet malt aroma, brown sugar, spices, dark fruit. Medium sweet taste, moderately spicy. Bit lower carbonation.
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CBAC day 6...drinks more like a barleywine than a quad... Nice aromas of rich caramel, dark dried fruits, caramelized sugar, dates and a light alcohol...never got though. Taste is the same with a silky smooth finish and a nice alcohol warmth on the finish... Notes of dates and currents stand out... Great beer from a great brewery!