chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 250ml. Didnít find a date on the bottle, but it was purchased in Dec. of í04 from Samís Liquors in Chicago (right next to Goosle Island, canít go wrong inthat neighborhood). Beautiful color of burnished copper, lightly carbonated. Wonderful mouth coating sweetness, rich with leather and fruit. Alcohol comes through in the middle, with a dry, but full finish. Might benefit from a little more cellaring, but overall an excellent Strong Ale.
beerguy101 (5354) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a dark amber color from a 250ml bottle. Large to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, spicy and sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, with lots of Christmas spices, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon etc. This beer starts with a nice sweet start with some tartness and finishes with a nice whisky like burn at the finish. There are a lot of other complex flavors going on in between as well, cherries, oak, sherry, hops and vanilla. This beer has a very strong alcohol finish, but not bad considering its 12%, definitely a nice winter warmer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a pronounce alcohol bite.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks to elnadeau for sharing this one
clear reddish/brown with a frothy head. Sweet tingly flavor, nice, interesting brew. Aftertaste has a fairly significant alcohol burn
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 (2626) - 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 (2539) - 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.