atlrizzob (136) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, dark amber color with a lingering white head. A yeasty fruitiness to the nose. Tastes of yeast, hops, and a sort of molasses hint.
DrSilverworm (5054) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 cl bottle. No way to tell how old this is, but it’s at least several years old. Pours a burnt darker orange amber color, with tons of big chunky yeast particles in the body. Thin off-white head, sort of khaki colored. Head soon fades to nothing. Dark fruit, light candy sugar in the nose. Mmm yes! Much better than expected. I was nervous about this going in, but it’s definitely good. Nice robust dark fruit, fruit cake like flavor. Some spice, but not too spicy. Impressive bigger bitterness, hardly any sweet - not at all cloying like I feared it would be. Alcohol is impressively well hidden, just a very light pleasant warmth after the aftertaste. Not as soft and over carbonated as a lot of belgian sting ales can be, this one is crisp and smooth right from the start. More dry finish, and bigger body. Surprisingly easy to drink and smooth belgian strong ale. Good nice nuttiness, hint of chocolate malt. Nice light raisin, light spice, and complex dark fruit aroma. Much better than expected. Great winter warmer. One of the better belgian noel beers I’ve tried.
Fashawn (47) - Montesarchio, ITALY - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bella birra rosso ciliegia, un tantinello sbiadito con una schiuma color cappuccino che va via in poco tempo. All’olfatto non sprigiona grosse sensazioni, se non frutta sotto spirito, pane e ciliege oltre che uva passa e prugne. In bocca, invece, cambia radicalmente la sensazione. Con una birra abboccata ma piacevole, dolce inizialmente e dal corpo medio pieno, quasi rotondo. Bello il finale, caldissimo e lungo. Egregiamente nascosto l alcool, siamo su ottimo livelli. Il finale é altresì amaricante ed astringente.. Bellissima birra natalizia.l
Damg (14) - BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really sweet cherry taste but still a deep complex beer. I’m quite a fan of Belgian strong fruity beers like the red Kasteel and this one is a really interesting take on the style. Would recommend it !
Osprey87 (1186) - London via, WALES - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle BB Nov 2014 as ’Bush Noel’. Dark red, clear, sparkling, large foamy off-white head, thick lacing. Smell - sweet cherry, malts, slight coffee? Body - medium, foamy, carbonation is fairly low. Taste - liquorice, spice, paper, slightly sharp, sweetness is well integrated. Alcohol comes through strongly, giving this beer a vodka-like flavour. OK.
jandd1983 (2087) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured a rusty amber color with a nice thick beige head. The aroma was sweet and bready with some peppers and spices. The taste was alcoholic, spicy and peppery with a sweet, bready maltiness throughout. It had a medium body with a good deal of carbonation. Enjoyable.
miggle (90) - Fürth, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark color with red shine. Malt and herbs. Sweet aroma. Very sweet in the beginning, not much bitterness. Malty taste with caramel aroma. Strong palate and recent. Alkohol is dominant. Nice dessert beer.
Hermod (2813) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle, bb 08/2014. Clear, mahogany color, thin white head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, vanilla, caramel and spices. Flavor is complex with dark fruits, vanilla, cinnemon, caramel. Sweet long finish, warming alcohol, cinnamom. Quite tasty sipper.
Douberd (1719) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330 ml at home, poured into a tulip glass. ABV 12%
Deep amber brown colour on the body, with lots of slow and continuous activity in it. Small off-white head on top, with very good retention, leaving light lacing around the glass and thick foam islands on the beer’s surface.
Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, malts, light alcohol after every swirl of the glass.
Taste is sweet with plenty of dark fruits, caramel, light toffee, lots of alcohol that also offers a light burn on the tongue and throat, light hops on the finish, ripe pears.
Medium thin body, good carbonation. Sticky palate.
Overall tasty beer, in spite of its high alcohol drinks very good.
k0mpsa (948) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at abraxas, miami. Clear red-orange color, white head. Light aroma of sweet malts, spices, some fruity notes. Full body, spiced, licorice, some alcohol.