Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Somehow I was able to try this on tap in antwerp. An amazing brew that poured an amber hue with a frothy tan head. Aromas of spice and dough. Flavors of the same but with a richness that warmed me up. Very smooth.
pilsnerrogge (2488) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber coloured with a huge head. Marzipan aroma with a little bit of caramel. Rich, sweet and peppery flavour.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark caramel with a thick, frothy tan head. Big malty nose full of caramel, prune, apple, orange peel, alcohol, toasted grains, licorice, peach skin, whole-grain bread and a touch of treacle pudding. The body is big, full and warm. The flavors are well crafted with the toasted grains, evident hops and warm alcohol keeping the sweet malt from becoming cloying. The finish is warm and long. Probably the best Bush beer I’ve ever head.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best thing about this one is the body. Thick and syrupy, without being cloying. Surprisingly light body considering the alcohol content. Also surprisingly flavorless. Rich, but just a little boring.
badgerben (4395) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange/brown color with a tall head. Great bread dough and malt aroma. Oooo... it’s almost like drinking a loaf of delicious bread, although my bread has never had this much alcohol in it. Slightly spicy and floral. Damn tasty.
guzzler67 (1494) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bronze colored appearance with a slight haze. Attractive, dense, off-white head that disappeared too quickly but left nice lacing. Mildly spiced, sweet malt aroma. Sweet, but not cloying, taste with hints of soft fruit. Noticable hop bite; modestly carbonated. Long lasting semi-dry finish.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper. Aroma that is reminiscent of walking into a flower shop which also rents space to an independent perfume stand, along with rich malts (toasted bread, caramel, toffee) and herbaceous hops. Big, chewy malts bring forth loads of fruit and caramel while the hops are fairly profound as well contributing a flowery, spicy, herbaceous blend. Strange and complex I suppose.
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cool to have a beer that fits perfectly in my 25 cl tulip. Very dark amber and brown Slightly cloudy. Poured with a fairly large head that faded to a persistent thin head as I drank it. Sweet ginger bread along with some nutmeg and bananas. Very nice nose. The mouthfeel is full with a spicy finish of nutmeg. Absolutely delicious. Possibly a little too sweet.
bibi (18) - De Panne, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber colored beer with a fluffy white head. Mild aroma with a touch of sweet honey and notes of banana. Very hoppy and bitter at the start, somewhat sweet and honeyish in the middle. The aftertaste is very hoppy again and alcoholic.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper color with a thin white head. Very appealing aroma of spices and alcohol. Interesting flavor of spices, fruits and alcohol. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. It’s a good "bière de Noël" but I thought it would be better than that, maybe it will be better after a couple years of cellaring.