gunnar (5157) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle as Santa Bee. Pours dark hazy reddish/brown with a big off-white head. Lots of sediments in glass. Aroma is strong fruity malts, spices, rasins and alcohol as well. Sweet malty taste, flowery notes, dark strong malts at the end.Filling beer.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.
The pour brings a beer that is dark brownish-red with a very slight head. There is a pretty good lace presence throughout. While the appearance was nice, it went straight to hell from there. After one sniff of the nose, I really didn’t know if I’d ever be able to ingest any of this, though I powered on. The nose is a really strange piney smell--almost like a chemical cleaner. There is a bit of detergent in there and also strong bleach. Pine Sol and solvent. It’s really, really bad.
Finally, I take the plunge and go for a sip. All of the disgusting-ness of the nose is present, though the notes aren’t quite as pungent. Inexplicably, there is a light bit of raspberry flavor along with the pine and solvent. The feel is really bitter and a bit sour. Light body and low carbonation. This is bad, bad, bad. To sum up: "it smells like burning."
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-18-2010
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 Bottle@Home, Apr 08, 3.8: Flowers, raisin and spices aroma. Dark brown, creamy off-white head, perfect lacing. However gushing on opening like Old Faithful. Sweet, full bodied, very spicy, hops, raisin, carbonation, smooth. Average long sweet soft finish. Very flavorful.
thedm (4927) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The DM & Hotstuff’s European Honeymoon trip beer number 38. This bottled brew from the ’t Brugs Beertje pub in Brugge poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized long lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a uncarbonated transparent dark brown colored body. It had a mild vinous aroma and a strong vinous malty palate that smoothened in the finish. Very good flavor. Goes down very easily.
thebeertourist (4774) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle of Santa Bee. Reddish brown colour, offwhite head. Sweet fruity aroma with hints of honey. Sweet fruity flavourswith honey and molasses, little else. Drinkable, but not much more.
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled) Muddy dark brown with a small but lasting head (did burst out of the bottle, too). Dark-malty, somewhat earthy aroma with some dried fruit and an inch of sourness. Sourish-malty, ashy and "experimental" flavor. Slightly salty ashtray finish. Not very clean, but remains on the more pleasant side. Medium-bodied, a bit thin palate with medium carbonation. Hides the ABV well. Interesting, but not excellent by any means.
mjs (4498) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l, as Santa-Bee at Oud Arsenaal) The beer poured dark brown and almost clear. Its head was medium sized, long lasting and lightly brown shaded white. Aroma had cloves, malts and yeast. Palate was medium bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were clove, spices, hops, malts, yeast and bitterness. Aftertaste was dry and malty. Ok beer but bit too spicy and also boring.
skortila (4436) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Malty and fruity aroma reminded me a little of the westmalle dubbel. Good so far. Hazy, brown-orange coloured with a lasting, off-white head. Taste is a little alcoholic, malty, fruity, sweet, sugary. Perhaps a little winey indeed. Not really my kind of beer.
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz Santa Bee bottle purchased in Belgium. Dark, thick, brown-amber color. Sweet with a honey-candi sugar finish. Mellow and drinkable and smooth for 8.5%. A very well-balanced Belgian Christmas Ale. I really have enjoyed all of this brewery’s honey beers, and this may be my favorite yet.
Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Labeled Santa-Bee. Large creamy off-white head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Muddy dark brown color. Aroma of sweet almond, toasted malt, caramel, fruit, citrus and mild chocolate. Over the palate came heavy sweet notes of caramel, fruit, toasted malt and again chocolate. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and light alcoholic texture. Heavy sweet flavor with maybe a twist of acidic and bitterness in there. Lingering caramel, toasted malt and mild chocolate finish. I love it even if it was quite sweet.