Heathen (1500) - 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.
Hansen (7809) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Seems a bit too old. AMber coloured, hazy. Has a white head, medium duration. Aroma is sweet, toasted, yeasty.
mmahut (1589) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber body, low white hea. Aroma has nutty profile, evident strong alcohol. Taste has high bitterness, mostly earthy, sweet yeast profile. Body is full, high carbonation. Interesting profile, but little bit less balanced.
ClubGonzo (4817) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep coca-cola-hued clear brown body with a large cloudy off-white head. Nose is nuts, spices, nougat and hints of caramel, toffee and Belgian candi sugar. Taste is caramel, candi sugars, coca-cola, spices, bark and hints of burnt sugar, herbs and chocolate. Full body, high carbonation. Nice Xmas-like Belgian ale, but not exceptional.
hombrepalo (1956) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6oz pour at Churchkeys D.C. Pour is a murky brownish with a small white head. Aroma is some apple cider and vinegar. Flavor kinda redeems itself. A nice toffee showing itself first then comes a nice raisin and dark fruit. Finish has some fruit and brown sugar.
motelpogo (7702) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle pour at beergeek beer shop. reddish shade of amber with a light haze and a fluffy off-white head; aroma of candied fruits and cake dough; hints of earthy spice from the yeast, white grapeskin, slightly gluggy cookie dough; not a bad effort
Zita (5649) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
light sweet malty aroma,red, clear, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, malty sweet Brown sugar finish.
back (1632) - Holstebro, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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EHSRanders (1892) - Tjele, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown colour with small creamy off-white mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt. Sweet spicy flavor.
radio_nowhere (1231) - Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Madrone’s in Frederick, MD served in a classic pils glass. Cloudy reddish-brown color with creamy off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, light Belgian yeast notes, caramel, some nuttiness and dark fruit. Taste adds notes of brown sugar, dried fruits (raisins, plums) and light spices. Medium body, low carbonation, soft with sweet berry roast finish. Not really feeling the Belgian on this one, more lightly spiced brown ale.
hallinghansen (2436) - Odense S, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown body with a medium offwhite head. Dark fruit, raisins, malt, yeasty notes, molasses. I like it.