JDBaker11058 (1205) - Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance dark, opaque brown with one finger of thick, creamy light tan head. Aroma: spices up front (cinnamon, clove, black pepper, allspice), over herbal hops and some brown bread and fruitcake. Taste: figs, plums, molasses, herb, light pine, graham cracker, and holiday spice melange. Finish: lingering fruit and spice, light sweetness. Notes: Perfectly fine. Basically a dark Belgian with what I’ve come to view as the typical ’holiday spice bucket’, so common in Christmas beers, tossed in. Beerdvent 2013 selection.
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This ale looked good and started fine, but it went down hill rapidly. Too spicy, weak and wattery. Maybe I got a bad keg. Still a decent drink, but not what I have come to expect from this brewer.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Nice Belgian. Had a slight spice flavor in the start. The alcohol was hidden pretty well.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 Brewery says that stylistically this is "close" to an abbey double, but not quite. Big rocky head that lasts all the way down. Big, bold and complex fruit and mouth. Great creamy palate and balanced sweetness. Amazing replication of trappist ale. Captures every element I look for. Surprisingly inexpensive, as well. A Baltimore beer that would hold its own in Brussels.
Emeister84 (862) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dried fruit, citrus, floral, perfume, and cardamom aromas. Hazy red-brown with a lasting, beige head. Dry, floral, fruity, and spicy. Medium body, prickly carbonation, and a refreshingly clean finish.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beer for the Restofus? A fine christmas beer that was hearty and spicy. Clove and ginger evident. A delightful beer from a great bar.
JHeath99 (793) - - NOV 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours dark opaque brown with minimal tan head. Aroma of malts and spice. Taste of dark fruit and caramel.
Tonkun (758) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2013. Dark copper pour with a lot of head. Citrus, orange zest, bread, spice. Light to medium body with sour and bitter finish. Medium carbonation
dlovell2 (659) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Corner Stable Columbia. Pours dark brown with beige head. Caramel malt aroma with figs and yeast spiciness. Sweet caramel malt flavor with dark dried fruit flavor of figs and prunes. Some cinnamon and yeasty spiciness in finish.
gripweed57 (594) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Opague dark brown color. small creamy beige head. Burnt sugar and roasted malt aroma. Some spiciness evident. Tangy roasted malt flavor. Dark fruits, molasses and cinnamon appear. Tastes like an Abbey dubbel with spices. Nice warming alcohol finish.