Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Dark brown colour, small off-white head. and some light carbonation. Deep caramel malty aroma, light yeasty with some roasted hints. Sweet palate, full creamy body. Finish is light bitter, some caramel again with some notes of suggar and malts. Sweet, but not bad.
ALLOVATE (2721) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got to love the humour in the label. I missed downing these at Christmas after my wife surprised me with a boxed set. What a sweetheart. After trying a Gribousine D’Hiver and finding that worked well in the heat of this years subnormal autumn this one was the obvious next choice. Into it’s own goblet, cool but not cold. Deep, ruby red in body (black off the light). Head surged up the glass and stabilised a dense, rocky beige and a good inch and a half thick. Clung firmly to the sides frosting over three quarters of the glass as I sipped. Mixture of berries, stone-fruits and Black sambuca in the aroma. Lightly zesty with a pleasant tickle of aniseed and alcohol. Prickly on the front of the tongue; sweet, vinous and very smooth through into the swallow. Strong flavours of plums, blackberries and a tang of cranberries; drying dark malts and a light balancing touch of liquorice, burnt wood and peppery spice. Fills the mouth well; very tight in flavour on the palate with a woody, dry and warming finish that only shows a little of the huge alcohol. Another well-crafted and seamless brew from Du Bocq. Have to save a few bottles for this year’s silly season. Enjoyable!!! (33cL, 05/09/07)
Lunkie (1641) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt hop aroma with spice. Red brown colear colour with fair head and lacing. Malt hop flavour with spice. Fizzy yet smooth palate.
vanvenlo (1539) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 Mar 06 - Lovely spicy apricot aroma. Dark brown-red colour, good head retention and suds lacing. Rich fruit spiritous big spicy malt flavours. Spicy hop malt finish but perhaps is a bit thin.
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
75 cl bottle. Pours chestnut brown with a rich off-white head. The aroma is fruity caramel with some yeastiness. Sweet caramel flavours with liquorice and fruits, good offsetting bitterness, dry finish. Good carbonation. A very pleasant Christmas beer.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml gave a nice pop when I pulled the cork. Pour a dark red/brown with tons of head. Spices filled the nose. had a good mix of malt and spice. A good strong beer without feeling too heavy. Thin a bubbly like drinking champagne. A nice holiday treat.
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Bottle.
Hazy copper color, small off-white head.
Very belgian aroma and flavor of sweet malts, yeast, spices, and a hint of sherry, with emphasis on the malt and spices.
Medium body. Alcohol quite well hidden.
Nice, and very christmassy too.
Re-rate dec 27, 2006:
Apparently, I had forgotten I’d already rated this one. Ah well, re-rates can be quite interesting too. Here goes:
Beautiful, hazy copper color, with small, bubby beige head. Some yeast sediment in bottom of bottle.
Dryish aroma of molasses, yeast, and hops, with a hint of alcohol sweetness.
Ditto for flavor, albeit somewhat sweeter than aroma. Bitterish aftertaste.
Medium body, clean mouthfeel, rather heavy carbonation.
App:4; Aro:6; Fla:6; Pal:2.
So, not quite as pleasing this time around. I espcially found the heavy carbonation a bit tiring. Perhaps this bottle would’ve needed to mature a bit longer...
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This deep red Belgian Ale has a lot going for it! Malty, fruity, and spicy all at once (sweet raisins, licorice). Nice high carbonation. However, the hops in the dry finish are not worthy of a true top rating (4+). Nonetheless, I really like this stuff!
mabjork (683) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 3, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Hazy dark Brown, rich white head. The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor consists of roasted hops with a sweet after taste.
gunnfryd (13344) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml corked bottle. Brown colour. Yeasty, malty and spicy flavour. Taste 2004 and 2005 at the same time.
The beer is best when it have been stored a while.