dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky brown with a half inch off white head. Nose is all spices, licorice and raisins. Reminds me of a cinnamon roll. Taste is sweet, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves followed by a resinous finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean however it doesn’t last long on the palate. This is a very spicy Christmas beer and very interesting.
patricks110 (1834) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a surprising beer overall, I was expecting a straight-forward Belgian Ale but what I got was a funky, brett, sour ale of sorts. Krampus pours our a murky, muddy brown with an orange highlight body. A finger of nice beige head and some soft carbonation dies out quickly. The head dies to absolutely nothing just as quickly. The nose has a prominent lambic style sourness up front with a funky kriek note. A light wheaty malt is mostly overpowered by the acetic, vinegarry sourness. A moderate presence of alcohol on the nose. Krampus is sweet in the middle with lovely sweet fruits. A hint of wheat and bready malts with a nice acetic taste and great sourness. A hint of alcohol on the finish and a prolonged sour aftertaste akin to a beer like Duchesse du Bourgogne. This beer tastes great despite my confusion. Krampus is miedium bodied with a creamy, sublimely smooth mouthfeel. This is great beer for those who love sour or wild ales.
bhensonb (11784) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours very hazy dark orange. Creamy beige head. Aroma is sourish. Med body. Flavor is lightly sour, with citrus fibre flavor. The anise is most apparent in the finish.
marcus (6964) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours amber with a thick off-white head and a fruity bready aroma. There is a slightly sour fruity flavor that is a bit watery, with a soapy finish, perhaps from the anise.
brokensail (11998) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a cloudy orange/amber color with a massive off-white head.
S: A really funky nose to this beer, which I wasn’t expecting. I get a lot of the spice notes, particularly the anise that was used to flavor this beer. A lot of random fruit notes and some bready malt character.
T: Seems to have a sort of sweet and sour thing going on here. In fact, I get a bit of a Sweet Tart flavor (maybe Smarties, too). More miscellaneous fruits, but I do get peaches in particular. Quite a bit of spice flavor here, too. The malt seems sort of drowned out by all the different things going on.
M: The body is medium with a fairly high level of carbonation.
D: This was a strange beer. I didn’t dislike it, but I don’t think I would really want to drink a whole lot of this, either.
dylan88 (223) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours orange amber with a thin white head. Aroma is floreal, with spicy hops and malty. Taste is similar with fruity malts, sweet citrus with hints of spice. This beer has been a great surprise!
nickd717 (3592) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to westcoastbeerlvr on BA. Pours hazy amber with a large lasting yellowish head. The aroma is rather tart with some fruity notes and spice. The flavor is slightly tart and funky with soured caramel and slight berries and pumpkin spices. Medium bodied and mildly acidic with higher carbonation. Interesting but I can’t say I’m the biggest fan.
Pinball (10998) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear caramelly brown with floaties, bubbly to smooth offwhite head.
tart, soursh, fruity, caramelly aroma,
pretty citrussy and sourish flavor. caramel. almonds. yeast. marcipan. caramel. yellow fruits. faint fruit peel. tart sourish yellow fruity beer with a caramelly, spicy and only faint malty balance.
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL courtesy of Travlr. Gusher. Poured a fully hazy amber with a medium cinnamon head that left amazing lacework everywhere on the Westvleteren glass. Very nice sour fruits, starfruit, cinnamon, allspice in the aroma. Taste is watery, metallic, lots of lemon iced tea. Not much going on- probably infected with something that voided the body of sugar.
sebletitje (7023) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of travlr, thanks for the share.
’08 bottle, holy gusher Krampus.
pours orange, off-white head with decent floating yeasty elements.
aroma, plenty of xmas spices, yeast, fruit, anise and what seems to be priming sugar.
flavors, all spices, yeasty, malty clove, anise, lingering matly/yeasty mouthfeel with carbonation that is a tad on the high side, light spicy back mouthfeel. Get some brown sugar mixed in between the whole spicy palate.