luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this at BJís Winter Ale Fest. Beer poured a clear, medium-amber color with a small, frothy, off-white mostly diminishing head. The aroma is pleasant: Malty with light notes of cookie and toasted grain and moderate notes of sweet caramel; Hoppy with a trace of grapefruit and pine; Miscellaneous notes of moderately strong vanilla and a trace of sherry. The flavor is lightly sweet and heavily bitter and finishes with a harshly bitter finishóperhaps from the dry-hopping? The body was medium, the texture was watery, the carbonation was fizzy and there was a lightly astringent, moderately-strong alcohol feel in the ending. I thought the hops character was more bitter than complex in this one, although it wasnít a bad brew.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle but mine says 13% for alcohol percentage. A standout cherry aroma that covered the alcohol somewhat. Not the fermented aroma I usually detect in a Belgian Strong Ale. Amber body with decent head and some lace. Flavor was mainly of alcohol that gives the body a serious warming effect. Medium sweet flavor offsets some of the alcohol but not all. Sticky sweet alcohol aftertaste and I got a bad headace also. Decent beer bought with the money given to me for Christmas instead of shirts that donít fit or socks.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber color, very little head. The alcohol comes on a little to strong, but aside from that there is a nice hop finish, and a bit of spicyness. After a bad experience with the regular Scaldis, this was a pleasent surprise.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is much better than the regular scaldis. Itís a little more expensive and tastes a little less like socks. The alcohol isnít overbearing, itís just nasty. I now know why some people talk about belgians being hit or miss. This one is a miss.
henrik (48) - Ňrhus, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber with a small white head. Aroma of plums and alcohol -- a bit sharp. Smooth warm mouthfeel. The 12% is very present, almost unpleasant.
ABUSEDGOAT (2607) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy amber body with a small head. Aroma is pretty complex with almost any fruit imaginable (from raisins to berries to peaches - but mostly berries and peaches), caramel, a few spices, and finally it has a very spiritish feel to it. If I could describe it in another sentence it would be like an English Barley Wine with some Belgian fun stuff added. Flavor is the same. Sweet alcoholic finish. Itís definitely a sipper... even after typing this whole mess I still have at least 50% more to go. I donít mind sweet, but most of the finish is the 12%. If this was better balanced (if this was 6 or 7%ABV... wow) and cheaper ($4 for 250ml) this would be a favorite I could have time and time again. Oh yeah, and the Noel part kinda hurts the repeat comebacks too so whatever. Hella better than their normal Bush/Scaldis beer, but the 12% still sucks. After having this thereís at least a chance Iíll eventually get Bush/Scaldis Prestige, because when I only had regular Bush/Scaldis that idea was laughable.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy copper color with a thick creamy golden head. Pleasant aromas of raisin, caramely malt, and nutty cheese. Sweet, bright caramel malts and fruit flavors with an aftertaste that suggests smoked gouda cheese. Very nice Christmas brew.
Suttree (6106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown, thin but sturdy beige head. Smells like raisin bread toast. Tastes like rasin, dark bread, and a hint of red wine. As it warms, more complex flavors emerg, like cherry, maple, and maybe molassess. Persistant alcohol heat throughout. Very tasty.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This dark reddish amber brew with a champagne head greeted the nose with a sweet and spicy aroma. Fruity with an alcohol punch that didnít overpower the basic flavor. Sparkling and full bodied. Very much in the style of Christmas beers with itís nod to mulled punches.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8.48 fl oz (250 mL) brown bottle purchased from Di Carlo Wine and Spirits (formerly Armanettiís), Mundelein, IL. Clear amber ale having a large off-white head with good lacing. Average carbonation. Nice spice and toffee aroma. Medium bodied that starts dry with light malt sweetness and spicy toffee notes. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. Definite alcoholic warmth. A good spicy malty winter brew to enjoy during the holidays. Enjoyed on 2005 Christmas day with visiting family members.