Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liquid gingerbread cookie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, spices. Full bodied with a sweet raisin and caramel malt. Palate is both malty thick and softly carbonated at the same time. A nice amount of gritty hops help to dry out the finish. The little bit of alcohol floating at the top of the flavors made me think of rum-balls. Maybe that would mellow out with some aging, but it's really just great as it is.
BBB63 (5943) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper hues with a very nice creamy off-white head and excellent lacing. The aroma hints of earthy and zesty yeast esters, orange, currents, belgian candi sugars, floral and piney hops, and a touch of pepper. The taste starts sticky sweet with a mild bitter and spice undertone. Some good caramel notes shine through and the finish displays a moderate alcohol and bitter quality. Medium-bodied with a lush mouthfeel, dry and slightly warming. The hoppy holiday beer and darn good one at that. Recommended.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty, sweet aroma with a hint of sourness. Cloudy copper color. Complex flavors, malts, sugars, cherry. The aftertaste is smooth, but the mouthfeel is thick.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderate white head, brownish orange color, aroma of fruit, sweet flavor, nothing outstanding, some fruits, slight spice, light bitter finish, not bad overall.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cotton candy, fruit, spice nose. Small frothy off white head. Ruby orange amber. Sweet, big malts, big fruit, peppery alcohol, slight oily body, faint spice, finishing with a alcohol bite, followed by lingering bittering hops. Very nice.
CEZ (397) - Milano, ITALY - FEB 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange body, creamy head, decently lasting. Rather hoppy and spicy, for a Xmas brew. Caramel, spices (uh, coriander?); some wooden notes. Strong body. Alcohol is apparent in the finish, which is dry and clean otherwise. Never cloying, but not too rich either. Good, but not my first choice for a Christmas toast.
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew served at 44.4 F poured a very large head of foamy finely sized long lasting bubbles that left behind a good lace. The body was softly carbonated light brown colored and hazy. The aroma was malty and mildly vinuous. The mouth feel was also vinuous yet mellowed in the finish. The flavor was strongly vinuous with caramel and malt notes. Very strong in the flavor department.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Honey colored translucent, small head rims the glass. Aroma is brown sugar sweet, mixed with carmel and European Noble hops. Flavor is sweet accompanied by crispness from the hops bitterness and the alcohol. The finish is moderately dry. Thanks, TChrome for this gem!
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer formed a large sized ivory head that was creamy and smooth with fine-small sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was cloudy with soft carbonation and an orange hue. The nose was malty, caramel, sweet, alcohol, spicy and some fruit notes. The flavor was sweet tasting and of alcohol and malt. This beer had fair lacing. An excellent Belgian Strong Ale in my opinion. Highly recommended.
Choos (590) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Powerful alcohol aroma with hints of caramel & pear. Dark red with a smallish off white head that left some foamy laceing. Lightly roasty orange & maybe a bit of spice with the main flavour showing some caramel. Very noticeable alcohol.