jerohen (1931) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2011 Re-rate: Bottled, Regal X-Mas, from my parents’ cellar, approx. 8 years old. Very dark brown colored, small brown head. Very strong malty nose, lots of chocolate, fruit, caramel, impressive. Flavor has lots of liquorice, in between sweet and bitter, balanced. Very thick mouthfeel. I’m impressed, this kind of complexity is almost exclusively found at ABVs above 10%. Still, i have no clue what a fresh version would taste like.
Previous rating (3.8):19-04-2003 (BB 09-1999). Dark brown, no head. Malty, port-like aroma with some liquorice. Strong port-like flavour, like an aged (>5 years) Chimay Bleu. Not as balanced though. Not an everyday beer, but very nice on occasion.
bierkoning (9554) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty aroma with pepper and grapes. Malty, prickly flavor with licorice, grapes and some fairly well hidden alcohol. Medium bodied. Very well made beer, warming and some complexity.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, deep purple color; Big milkshake head; tart toffee nose. Very mild. Slight grapey maltiness. Not a ton of depth. Like a weak Chimay GR.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear mahogany with small tan head. Aroma is sweet bubblegum, caramel, somewhat fruity. Taste is pretty bland -- peppery, not much else. Hint of bubblegum, has a dry finish. Disappointing.
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2003 Deep copper brown. Zero foam. Yeast laden aroma. Underlying notes of ginger, toasted bread, mint, port wine, fruit cake, and wood. Lovely mouthfeel with with lots of fluffiness, which is yielded by a wonderful job of the bottle conditioning. Huge malt notes of crystal and a trace of peatiness. Very unique and delicious flavors compliment the sweet malts ingeniously with spruce, juicy fruit gum, herbal traits, and pepper. Long malty finish with a perfect touch of numbing spice. Very Christmasy and just what I was seeking in this spicy Bruin style.
Sigmund (4499) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2005 750 ml corked bottle conditioned, cool label! Brown colour, slightly hazy, good initial head but not lingering, lovely spicy aroma, yeasty, malty and spicy flavour - a real treat for the Christmas table.
Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber cloured beerwith a big, off white head. The aroma is malt, slightly roasted and somewhat perfumy. The taste is malt with a hint of caramel and flower. Slightly bitter finish.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - AUG 15, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 2007-11-20, draught at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Beautiful red-mahogany color; creamy head. Aroma and flavor are based on the caramel, sweetish, with delicate spices (anis, cinnamon); low bitterness of course, but still pleasant. Sweet! But very good.
2003-01-20, bottle aged 4 years, 10-5-9-4-18=46
Dark color. Wonderful aroma, malty, fruity (raisins, curaçao), rum, some alcohol, infinitely complex.
Sweet, malty, light Madeira character.
Malt squash, just misses some better hop sharpness.
2002-08-15, bottle aged 4 years, 9-5-8-4-18=44
Dark amber colour. Wonderful aroma, strong, malty, candy, light banana, curaçao, light roasted barley, alcohol. Sweet, full body, malty, lightly roasted, oranges, lightly spicy, caramel. Medium palate, the sweetness is not fully balanced by the bitterness.
pilsnerrogge (2349) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown. A typical Belgian Strong Ale. Sweet n’ fruíty n’ strong!
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bit spicy aroma. Dark brown with nice head. Some spices and some sweetness. The finish is besides a bit spicy also a bit hoppy with some alcohol bitterness. Not so great beer compared to other christmas beers from Belgium.