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 (2554) - 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 (6011) - 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.
mabjork (690) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 3, 2006
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Light reddish with a tan white head. The aroma is smoky / burnt and fruity at the same time. The flavour is smoky with a fruity scent. It also has a bitter after aste. There was one flavour in there that I tried to identifi, the closest I got was Swedish turnip. oh well...
BeerandBlues2 (11973) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
75cL bottle from www.belgianshop.com. Pours hazy coppery bronze with a medium-tall lasting foamy off-white tanish head and loads of miniscule bubbles. Oak and cellared yeast aroma, caramel malt not too heavy, with a fruity nose (apple, pear); cookie-like. Honeyed caramel malt and sweet brown sugar flavor, yeast (sweet bread) and medium acidity that does not hang on the palate long; alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Medium body, lightly fizzy and slightly dry, creamy overall mouthfeel.
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured with a big head into my Piraat tulip. Taste was a little weird to me, with loads of burnt caramel and dry fruit that just didnt meld well together. The alcohol was also very apparent, moreso in any beer that Iíve had, which made for a less than pleasant drinking experience. And for $5/8 oz bottle, this just felt like a total rip.
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This 25cl bottle has been in my fridge for about two years, and Iíve been looking for the right occasion to drink it. Well, Iím not waiting anymore, and besides, itís New Yearís Eve day. It pours an attractive golden amber color and I kept most of the chunks in the bottle. It generated a thin light biege head that lasted as whisps. The nose is mostly of over-ripe bananas, apricots and sweet candi sugar. Lots of alcohol noticable in this beer. Dried fruit (raisin, apricot, apple), burnt sugar, and a little hair spray in the finish. This beer definitley improves as it warms, and must be sipped. Wow, what a big beer, but seems a little harsh.