Bathory (458) - Kverneland, - JAN 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy brown colour with a white head. The aroma is a bit supprising, loads of spices, peticular aniseed, together with some roastiness, and nuts. The smell reminds me of Nøgne Ø’s "Underlig Jul" (Peculiar Christmas). Loads of christmas spices. Quite interresting. Flavour is wierd. Don’t know if it’s the good or the bad wierd. No balance at all, but it’s actually quite interesting. There are datesfruit, cardamom, pepper, nuts, cough drops, vanilla, aniseed, raisins, with some chocolate and coffee in the end. That’s my suggest for the different flavours in this beer. Soft carbonation, medium bodied with a really smooth mouthfeel. I acctually really liked it, it was so different and wierd, almost a new experience. I recommend everyone to try this one, most wont like it, but everyone wouls appriciate that they tried it in my opinion.
shrubber85 (10038) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Strong cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate malt aroma. Cloudy brown with small head. Sweet earthy cinnamon, light nutmeg, chocolate malt and mildly bitter herbal flavor. Very good - spicy but doesn’t taste like a mulled wine or pumpkin pie.
Patrickctenchi (5726) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy, deep brown with a frothy white ring.
Very spicy....cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, raisin aroma.
Taste is sweet, rich caramel malt, cinnamon, holiday spices, dark fruit..a little chile pepper heat....
Really tasty.....wonderful nose.
AlfredoGarcia (250) - Santiago, CHILE - FEB 6, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smell of cherry with dark amber color. Lot of foam. Taste wasn’t good, felt a little bit like they put some Tide in it. For an expensive noël Belgian beer i was disappointed.
Rasmus40 (16085) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Prima Beer. Clear amber brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and spicy. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. Very short finish. 251214
BlazerT (430) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Heavy, spicy Christmas Ale. Not very drinkable, tons of malts and spices. Weird mineral taste and flavour.
jmgreenuk (6970) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the OBER Kerstbier festival, Essen 2014. Poured a murky medium brown with a thin broken off white head. The aroma is caramel, sweet malt. The flavour is moderate sweet with a light mineral aspirin earthy palate. Light bodied with lively carbonation.
TheFoamhead (259) - Vught, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aïïï, why this metal note…? Grrrr….. But then, you get a beer with a sour character, which surprised me, combined with again clove and star anise and other christmas spices. The body is medium and the carbonation too intense. Its ends with a licorice dry taste. A lot of controversial tastes though....
Not my beer, too distracting - I miss the clear line and a well balanced composition of the different tastes. It’s interesting, that’s true, but I won’t consider it on my christmas list.
HenrikSoegaard (12745) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Frothy White good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy and light yeasty aroma. Caramellic. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.
kaser (5235) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick brown bright with floaty things and tan head. Sweet taste. Brown sugar aroma. Poured from a bottle at Delilahs Christmas tasting. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Interesting brew
Alengrin (4163) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Typical Belgian Christmas ale and typically overspiced. Light beige, creamy but rather thin head, bronze colour. Strong aroma of sweet fruits (banana, candied dates) enhanced with spices (star anise, coriander, cardamom), raisins, candi sugar. Taste kicks off spicy, which is usually a bad omen for the rest of the palate. Caramel malt sweetness, liquorice, some harsh bittery tones, finish lightly hoppy with warming alcohol, not well balanced. They should have kept the Saint-Martin Lumière d’Hiver, which was for more balanced and far more elegant, if I remember well.