jrob21 (2166) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Definitely gets a little more entertaining as it warms. Dark fruits and spice on the back of the palate make this much more reminiscient of the belgian christmas beers I am used to. Pours dark brown with a tan head and some light lacing. Plum and toasty grain aromas. Flavor has some chocolate and bread in there. A relatively complex beer but some of the flavors are clashing a little bit in a slightly bitter aspect mid palate.
OldGrowth (2326) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10oz pour at Triangle Wine. Good aroma sour sweet. More yeast with some roasted malt streak. Clean brownish orange color. Ok head and lace. Tart flavor. Medium body smooth creamy mouthfeel, tart finish. Good. Not making want another, but pleasant enough. Interesting mix on yeast and malt.
Butters (3562) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on draft at the brewery. Clear amber pour with chestnut highlights and ring of near white head. Yeasty belgian style nose and a distinct spiciness in the flavor. Fruity, like dark cherry and molasses. Sweet, but not overly so. Not horrible, but nothing I would need to have again.
jackl (3441) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg @ Blue Mountain. The pour’s deep amber with a small head. Mashed banana nose, Belgian yeast. Some marshmallow. Pear. Taste is caramel, nuts. Sweet banana, rustic yeastiness. Medium body, fine carb. Solid.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: A little more subtle than I was expecting at first, but it kept improving as it warmed. Very Belgian. Nice and sort of special for Christmas, but not very Christmasy.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark red with a huge, off-white head that mostly lasted and diminished at a painfully slow rate and left good lacing. The aroma was nice but a little weak and contained moderate candi sugar; very light hops; moderate to heavy spicy Belgian yeast; raisin; prune; apple; and cherry. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was moderately acidic and lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was caisugar, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, spicy yeast, cherry, prune, raisin, hints of brown sugar, a little apple, more yeast, slight hops, hints of earthy and metallic hops and yeast and hints of cocoa. The medium body was creamy with soft, but very tingly carbonation and a dry and lightly astringent finish.
jrodooo5 (676) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty dark copper pour with a huge tan head that very slowly dwindles but doesn’t leave much lacing. The aroma consists of light spices. The taste is pretty spicy up front with somewhat of an abrupt finish that leaves the palate slightly dry. The mouthfeel is pretty light and creamy until the finish. Not bad but not all that memorable.
AxlLives (280) - Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle - pours dark opaque crimson, nice big, fluffy, white head. Great lacing and retention. Aromas of candied fruit, plums and vanilla malt. Nice and yeasty, touch of spice. Medium bodied, lively with carbonation. Cola and maple flavors dominate. Little nut and plum. Drier finish. Pretty good, though the initial promise doesn’t come through.
kennydiaz (347) - staten island, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a dark brown with a highly carbonated head. Very sweet hints of brown sugar and cinnamon.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
$5.99 sale bomber from Sam’s Quik Shop. Pours dark ruby-brown with a generous beige head. Nose of lovely Belgian yeast and some stony fruits--plum, fig, overripe peach. Some dark grainy malts and relatively low-key allspice and perhaps cinnamon. Also hints at a strange acidity and tartness. Taste is not quite as good as the smell, though a nice lingering aftertaste.
radagast83 (3734) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured a light ruby color with a small off-white head. Aroma was some spice, with notes of yeast, light sweet malts. Flavor was sweet malts, with some notes of yeast and some dark, dried fruits. Relatively light, at least more light than I expected.
maxwelldeux (2694) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head. Nose has a hint of sweetness with some malty and spicy notes to it. Taste has the same, with the addition of some sour dark fruit notes to it.