nihtila (1006) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
28.12.2014. Dark ruby colour. Sweet aroma with red berries, resin, dark fruits, caramel, malts. Taste has dark fruits, caramel malts, spices and alcohol. Warming, alcohol is present and quite sweet.
Fredd_an (128) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jästig mörk torkad frukt & söt doft. Även karamell som finns i smaken. Belgo jäst smak. Kroppen medelfyllig. Stark alkoholsötma. Torkad frukt. Hade gärna fått varit fylligare.
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Percy0103 (234) - MEXICO - FEB 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed on 07/02/15. Bottle, 330ml. A maple beer with a medium to small head. Aroma is of dried fruits, spices, alcohol and caramel with a hint of bananas. Taste is bitter with an alcoholic finish. Robust and somewhat dense. Sweet aftertaste. Well brewed and very warming; a nice Christmas beer.
Sdaniel90 (463) - Mexico City, MEXICO - FEB 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 33cl. Clear dark orange with a frothy tan head. Very intense and layered aroma. Very fruity, with hints of caramel, toffee, licorice, vanilla. Robust with moderate carbonation. Intensely sweet and heavily bitter. Inmensely complex, with a strong malt backbone and tremendous alcohol and bitter finish. Not the most drinkable beer at 12% ABV, but perfect for after a heavy meal or on a rainy day. Exquisite.
JLDC (83) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Colour: ruby meets copper. Medium sized head.
Nose: fruity sweetness, apple syrup, caramel, hints of orange peel, spices.
Flavours: candy sugar, forest fruits, herbs and spices, apricots.
Finish: long, fruity, mellow, warming. Flavours echo for a while.
Verdict: Very fine Christmas ale, albeit a very strong one, which isn’t really noticeable.
Senka (808) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the archives: several years ago. I did not payed much attention to it. Wife brought it from Brussels, and I did not sit down for this one. I remember it being good seasonal ale. Hard and heavy.
leghorn99 (62) - Livorno, ITALY - JAN 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
E’ di color ambra carico, limpida; si forma una buona schiuma color ocra, cremosa e con una velatura persistente. L’aroma è spiccatamente dolce di caramello, canditi, uvetta, esteri, spezie da lievito; abbastanza pulito ma non molto pronunciato. Corpo pieno, viscosità oleosa, alcool in evidenza a portare calore assieme ad una carbonazione media che solletica il palato. Ritroviamo caramello, toffee, canditi, uvetta e frutta sotto spirito, ma soprattutto "dolce" in abbondanza; man mano che la birra si scalda l’alcool consolida la propria presenza, rendendo necessario un lento sorseggiare. Finisce dolce e calda, abbastanza morbida, con un finale maltato leggermente ammorbidito da note fruttate. L’insistenza di caramello/alcool satura abbastanza in fretta il gusto; lascia il palato appiccicoso con un residuo zuccherino abbastanza importante.
pricey290483 (608) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2015
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
bottle in my beer club box from Beer hawk. not for me this i’m afraid not a fan of the style but wanted to give it a go. quite a sweet smelling aroma dark in colour very bitter and malty with a little hop kick in there. very strong alcohol burn in the aftertaste
teromous (114) - - JAN 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Very transparent body that is a dark reddish brown. As soon as the beer is poured it forms a creamy white head that quickly becomes absent. Given the ABV of 12% I wouldn’t consider that a big detraction.
Aroma: I get a strong banana aroma followed by some light alcohol esters. Nothing else is noticeable.
Taste: There is a light caramel flavor that is met by the strong flavor of banana chips and alcohol. There isn’t a whole lot that makes this beer interesting.
Mouthfeel: Light despite the high ABV. A slight lingering astringent sensation.
Overall: I wasn’t that impressed. Not all Christmas beers are spiced, and sometimes a simple boost in alcohol is what many will consider a holiday ale. Although this may be the case, the beer just wasn’t memorable. Overall it was just an average Belgian beer.
PapaSkeetSkeet (980) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 11, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brilliant, shimmering ruby red with a film of fine cream-colored head. Aroma is lager-like: grass, mineral content, hints of candy cherry and strawberry. As it breaths I get cotton candy. Flavor is also surprisingly less Belgian than I would expect. Some candy cherry cough syrup on grassy hops and lager-like yeast. Hints of medicinal herbs. Medium body, watery-syrupy. Carbonation is moderate, medium-fine, low burn, felt blanket with some fizzle sensation. Overall: I wish it was drier, maybe slightly lighter on the palate, more Belgian in nature, and less cough syrup in flavor. It’s possible that I’m just in a critical mood, so I’ll have to try this again at some point, but I’m really not feeling it.