kraddel (2730) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
asummingly 2010 vintage
pours very dark brown
good white , fast fading head
very sweet smell
low carbo . grainy body, some sugar, some caramel, high on malts, some earthyness, some sweetness that isnt per se sugary , but very balanced. as far as christmasbeers go, this is most definetly worth a try !
MarcoDL (1995) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet Belgian christmas beer. Notes of liquorice and sweet spices. Very malty as well.
Lilja (1530) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, choklad med toner av julkryddor och koriander. Lagom söt med trevlig beska.
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home. Aroma has big bready yeast and malt, some spices. Flavour is full sweet bready malt, high carb, some metal. Not too good.
brief_smile (110) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola coloured, tan head. Aroma: dark fruits (plums, raisins), spices (cinnamon, coriander), brown sugar, banana. Taste: as above - rich, sweet fruit notes, a strong bready malt character and plenty of seasonal spice. Finish is sweet, slightly dry and warming. High carbonation, full bodied. This grew on me. Great winter brew.
Thomasalias (320) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,33l bottle form Beer Bier, Budapest. Clear, dark red color with big, foamy, off-white head. Fruity at the beginning, than treacly caramel aroma. Mild and very fruity. Medium sweet taste, go well with the aroma. Creamy texture, medium to full body, lively carbonation. Sweet, candy sugar finish. Classic Christmas feeling Belgian beer. Sweetness, candy sugar and caramel. Worthy partner for mulled wine...
Gorm (1091) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Et godt juleøl som lett kan konkurere med de beste av de norske juleølene. Et godt valg.
tfredvik (1031) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown body with a brilliant red hue. The ligh-brown head is large, creamy and very dense, but shrinks to a very thin layer rather quickly. The layer however is fully lasting and leaves lots of lacing on the walls of the glass. Very sweet, quite strong and absolutely inviting aroma. The expected dried dark fruits are in place, so is the caramel. But there is also a nice yeasty touch, strawberry candy, burnt sugar, dark candi sugar, spices, faint chocolate and even some refreshing hoppy notes far in the back. The taste is very sweet and the finish is not that bitter, but still this works, even if I suspect that many will find this too sweet. The strong flavours follow the aroma. Quite full body, smooth texture and a light alcoholic finish. The carbonation is a bit to lively, but nothing a bit of swirling can’t fix. A lovely sugar bomb!
[33 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet Online]
ShivanDragon (1427) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
kleur is bruin/rood/zwart (’t is maar net in welk licht je het ziet), maar ziet er prima uit, tevens schuimig creme kraag.
aroma van chocolade, koffie, caramel, koriander, en zoethout.
smaak: medium zoet, suiker, caramel, koriander, chocolade, toffee, koffie, moutig, donker fruit en behoorlijk zoet.
zeer volle body en mooie complexiteit.
afdronk: bijzonder zoet, zacht, creme.
Countbeer (4303) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium sized, pretty vast in structure, slow disappearing and beige to light tan colored head.
A deep dark brown beer with some blackish dark red tints.
Smell loads of tea herbs, it smells like tea, no, it smells like ice tea. Don’t get anything else beside the ice tea aroma to hit the nose, no, unfortunately.
The taste is not much better, again a lot of ice tea and tea herbs. There is some creamy barley malts and liquorice wood, some hints of spices (bay leaf, hint of cloves) and some bitters.
After a while the taste gets a bit better, specially the mouthfeel and texture.
The aftertaste is a mix of ice tea/tea herbs, bitters and some creamy darker barley malts.
Low carbo, soft smooth mouthfeel, good medium body and a fine smooth creamy texture.
Too much ice tea/tea herbs and too few other ingredients. As said before good mouthfeel and texture but nothing complex.