realaledrinker (35) - Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose=Alcohol Taste=Alcohol Aftertaste=Alcohol. I realize this is a Belgian Strong Ale but they did a horrible job hiding the alcohol. The alcohol overpowers all flavors and aroma.
Fredd_an (101) - Borlšnge, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jästig mörk torkad frukt & söt doft. Även karamell som finns i smaken. Belgo jäst smak. Kroppen medelfyllig. Stark alkoholsötma. Torkad frukt. Hade gärna fått varit fylligare.
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Percy0103 (234) - MEXICO - FEB 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed on 07/02/15. Bottle, 330ml. A maple beer with a medium to small head. Aroma is of dried fruits, spices, alcohol and caramel with a hint of bananas. Taste is bitter with an alcoholic finish. Robust and somewhat dense. Sweet aftertaste. Well brewed and very warming; a nice Christmas beer.
Sdaniel90 (459) - Mexico City, MEXICO - FEB 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 33cl. Clear dark orange with a frothy tan head. Very intense and layered aroma. Very fruity, with hints of caramel, toffee, licorice, vanilla. Robust with moderate carbonation. Intensely sweet and heavily bitter. Inmensely complex, with a strong malt backbone and tremendous alcohol and bitter finish. Not the most drinkable beer at 12% ABV, but perfect for after a heavy meal or on a rainy day. Exquisite.
JLDC (83) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Colour: ruby meets copper. Medium sized head.
Nose: fruity sweetness, apple syrup, caramel, hints of orange peel, spices.
Flavours: candy sugar, forest fruits, herbs and spices, apricots.
Finish: long, fruity, mellow, warming. Flavours echo for a while.
Verdict: Very fine Christmas ale, albeit a very strong one, which isnít really noticeable.
Senka (800) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the archives: several years ago. I did not payed much attention to it. Wife brought it from Brussels, and I did not sit down for this one. I remember it being good seasonal ale. Hard and heavy.
leghorn99 (56) - Livorno, ITALY - JAN 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Eí di color ambra carico, limpida; si forma una buona schiuma color ocra, cremosa e con una velatura persistente. Líaroma Ť spiccatamente dolce di caramello, canditi, uvetta, esteri, spezie da lievito; abbastanza pulito ma non molto pronunciato. Corpo pieno, viscositŗ oleosa, alcool in evidenza a portare calore assieme ad una carbonazione media che solletica il palato. Ritroviamo caramello, toffee, canditi, uvetta e frutta sotto spirito, ma soprattutto "dolce" in abbondanza; man mano che la birra si scalda líalcool consolida la propria presenza, rendendo necessario un lento sorseggiare. Finisce dolce e calda, abbastanza morbida, con un finale maltato leggermente ammorbidito da note fruttate. Líinsistenza di caramello/alcool satura abbastanza in fretta il gusto; lascia il palato appiccicoso con un residuo zuccherino abbastanza importante.
pricey290483 (582) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2015
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
bottle in my beer club box from Beer hawk. not for me this iím afraid not a fan of the style but wanted to give it a go. quite a sweet smelling aroma dark in colour very bitter and malty with a little hop kick in there. very strong alcohol burn in the aftertaste
teromous (114) - - JAN 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Very transparent body that is a dark reddish brown. As soon as the beer is poured it forms a creamy white head that quickly becomes absent. Given the ABV of 12% I wouldnít consider that a big detraction.
Aroma: I get a strong banana aroma followed by some light alcohol esters. Nothing else is noticeable.
Taste: There is a light caramel flavor that is met by the strong flavor of banana chips and alcohol. There isnít a whole lot that makes this beer interesting.
Mouthfeel: Light despite the high ABV. A slight lingering astringent sensation.
Overall: I wasnít that impressed. Not all Christmas beers are spiced, and sometimes a simple boost in alcohol is what many will consider a holiday ale. Although this may be the case, the beer just wasnít memorable. Overall it was just an average Belgian beer.
PapaSkeetSkeet (956) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 11, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brilliant, shimmering ruby red with a film of fine cream-colored head. Aroma is lager-like: grass, mineral content, hints of candy cherry and strawberry. As it breaths I get cotton candy. Flavor is also surprisingly less Belgian than I would expect. Some candy cherry cough syrup on grassy hops and lager-like yeast. Hints of medicinal herbs. Medium body, watery-syrupy. Carbonation is moderate, medium-fine, low burn, felt blanket with some fizzle sensation. Overall: I wish it was drier, maybe slightly lighter on the palate, more Belgian in nature, and less cough syrup in flavor. Itís possible that Iím just in a critical mood, so Iíll have to try this again at some point, but Iím really not feeling it.
beerman33190 (56) - FRANCE - JAN 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great amber colour, surprisingly clear for a "live" belgian ale. Aroma is bananas and boiled sweets. Boiled sweets in the taste as well. Spicy but without the over the top cloves and cinnamon thang you get with most xmas beers. Good carbonation and light palate make this too drinkable for a 12% beer. Very nice.