Belgo (154) - Køge, - OCT 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a nice thick espresso coloured head. The head retention isn’t too good though - hence the less than perfect score for appearance. The aroma at first is dominated by roasted malts and ginger. After a while the cocoa bits start showing up as well. On the palate it is rather light wiht lots of chocolate flavours and a nice hoppy note. Pretty long finish. A very nice beer that I’ll drink again. And for me, that’s a big thing with Christmas beers...... This one stands out as being a balanced beer without excessive alcohol.
Stuu666 (5643) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, tastes a bit like mince pie. Light fruit, dry spices, a bit thin though.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Dark brown with a thin off white head. Smell is very my type, cinnamon, spice, Jamaica cake and ginger. Flavour has some more Jamaica loaf or cake whatever it’s called, spicy finish, low carbonation. Would drink again, especially at xmas, I do love a xmas beer at xmas.
allmyvinyl (5501) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Brewdog online shop. Pours dark brown, thin creamy head. Spicy aromas, raisins, gingerbread. Taste is similar, but a little thin.
kermis (6416) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at La Capsule. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is pure Christmas pudding, nutmeg, raisin, cinnamon. Flavour is light moderate sweet and bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.
VastActiv (3517) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 30, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 0.33l from local market. Originally rated 06122011. Colour is dark brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Spices, sweetness, ginger and malts.
Lilja (2005) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Mörk och skummig. Vattning, tunn och besk. En besvikelse från ett annars fantastiskt bryggeri.
Svesse (6757) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty spicy nose with ginger, liquorice, dark bread, ginger biscuits, brown sugar and a touch of chocolate. Malty, spicy taste with notes of ginger, liquorice, cocoa, black rye bread, lots of gingerbread and a certain spicy bitterness in the finish. Medium body, mainly dry. Brings me back to mom’s gingerbread at Christmas (and makes me sound a bit like Proust...). Quite nice.
davidfoley (20) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance - Medium ruby red colour; Good carbonation; Off white head, little retention
Smell - Mince pies, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, light citrus and dried fruit; Sweet aroma
Taste - Sweetness, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cherries, light citrus
Mouthfeel - Light body; Medium carbonation; Light dry & bitter finish
Drinkability - Very drinkable, light with good carbonation
Overall - Good beer, recommend it; Interesting and has nice festive feel; A little more body would be good; Well balanced
daje (2611) - NORWAY - FEB 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, february 16th 2013. Dark mahogny brown body, small vanishing beige head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger and licorice. Taste reminds me of Pepsi Max with ginger and chocolate. I never had Pepsi max with ginger and chocolate, but you get the idea. Also some roasted malt showing up at the end, Sticky-sweet body, a bit unbalanced bitterness, fruity aftertaste with licorice.
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose of syrop and cloves. Large pale head fast disappearing. Clear dark black reddish color. Sourish spicy and bitter taste with some berries. Hops at the end.