paulvanpelt (343) - Reusel, - NOV 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Helder bruin bier. Sterk aroma van alcohol, gist. Moutig. Smaakt bitterzoet. Te alcoholisch, niet zo lekker.
freretoc (781) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bue àa la pression en 25cl au Kilarney à Besançon, couleur ambrée/caramel, peu de mousse effervescence moyenne, en bouche attaque sur le caramel, petit côté malté, continuité sur le pruneau et le fruit confit. Fin de bouche sur l’alcool mais équilibré avec les autres saveurs. Attention elle se boit bien... et fait 12°
Renobob (784) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bue à la pression. Au nez, alcool, caramel, pruneau. Au palais, maltée, caramel, pointe de grillé, sucre candi. Good !
BeerViking (2630) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle bought in Belgium and stored, pours deep dark brown with very little head (and some trub - damn!), nose is sweetish with toasted candy sugar and old wine barrel, yet the body is dryish with peppery hop notes. There is a definite oaky vatted, almost Brett character, and while the candy sugar is there, the drying hops and alcohol keep it in check. Faint hints of orange, plus notes of caramel toffee and oak. A 2010 bottle is sweeter, still with those drying notes but the caramel rather more up-front, and almost (but not quite) cloying in the finish. Both beers good, and recognisably related.
Boxereddy (57) - BELGIUM - NOV 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blijkbaar nieuw etiket voor deze klassieker?
Snel zakkende schuimkraag met aromatische alcoholneus.
Bruin caramelkleurig sterk bier met zoetige afdronk.
abemorsten (2883) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Cardinal during DSJT 2014. Clear caramel colored body with a fingerthick light brown head. Sweet, dried fruits, rock sugar on the nose. Sweet and alco warm. Pungent, syrupy and full bodied with caramel and Belgo yeast.
gunnar (5598) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle at Cardinal, DSJT 2014. Pours clear dark golden with a small white head. Inviting aroma, fruity, belgian yeast, oranges. Taste is sweet, caramel and spicy malts, dry fruity finish, very good one.
Alusmamuts (431) - LATVIA - NOV 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown/dark amber with medium off-white fastly disappearing head. Sweet, good sour touch on the mid-tongue and remaining bitterness on the root. Remaining sweetness also around the mouth.
Alengrin (2331) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s Bush de Noël time again, time to put this classic under scrutiny. The Christmas version of the perhaps more familiar Bush Ambrée displays an pale beige head consisting of smallish bubbles, breaking open after a while but still showing relatively good retention (if only at the edge and not lasting till the end) in relation to the ABV; colour is a beautiful pure and deep copper with a rusty brown glow, clear with a delicate but vivid fizz. Strong and heavily perfumed aroma reveals all kinds of Christmas sweetness: candied cherries and candied orange, calvados, butterscotch, gingerbread, chocolate liqueur, black pepper, sweet pipe tobacco, dried banana, walnuts, liquorice, honey, very old cognac, vanilla, cake, all trying to hide the typical cooked smell of pasteurization and nearly achieving just hat - but in a beer this potent and complex, it does not even bother me that this smell I detest so much in lesser beers, still comes through a bit. Taste begins sugary sweet but in a noble kind of way, candied fruits, orange liqueur, quite strong and sharpish carbonation tingling on the tongue, deep and smooth, mouth-filling, ’thick’ caramelly and nutty malts, chocolatey touch, rich but not too obnoxious retronasal spiciness (allspice, liquorice), leading to a warming finish just right for a winter warmer: herbal hop bitterishness, fruity and caramelly malt sweetness continuing into the throat and even cloying a little, drying spiciness and above all a somewhat strong brandy-like alcohol effect, long and dry and on the brink of becoming astringent. Perhaps a tad too sweet - or rather, the sugary sweetness not being balanced enough - but I can easily forgive that, after all, it is a sweet spicy winter beer and for a pasteurized beer, it shows a lot of ’liveliness’, elegance, complexity and body. This is deservedly a great classic among Belgian Christmas ales and I will always enjoy it on a cold winter night, as a sipper and as a ’sniffer’.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"large quantities of malt indeed. this one is a treat every year. spices, malt, bitter...all mixed expertly to make this tasty winter warmer. quite good. 12/09 - 2008 vintage. holy s$#%...have some sherry with your beer. couldn’t escape the comparison. different than fresh for sure, but quite good. one of the better sippers around."
eduardovl (917) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250ml bottle served in a tulip glass.
A: Pours a beautiful deep amber color forming a small yellow head that quickly disappears leaving practically no lacings
S: Very sweet and grainy in the nose. Very fruity too. Strong notes of grapes and wood: Reminds a Port wine. Also caramel, candy sugar, caramel malts, some flowery hops and alcohol in the very end
T: Follows the nose. A very sweet beer in the mouth. Caramel, candy sugar, a lot of caramel malts, grapes, oak. Mild hoppy bitterness in the end and alcohol too
M: Heavy, creamy and molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste which is more sweet than bitter
O: Delicious beer. To be enjoyed as a wine due to its "high" ABV. Warming up and suitable to the winter time. Recommended
[ BA Review @ 12/1/2012 ]