omhper (21285) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 Bottled. Hazy amber. Sweetish aroma of lingonberries or cranberries. Fairly sweet with dense mouthfeel. The berries are accompanied by some roasty malt. Salty finish with low-medium bitterness. A quite enjoyable straightforward beer.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
had this one a while back and forgot to rate it. it was a an amber color that had no transparent aspects to it. the aroma was full of xmas spice, smelled much like xmas potpouri. the body was nothing special, the spices were present again.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was like cran-beer. Cranberries are taking over the liquid industry. First juice, now beer. I thought this beer was a very interesting Christmas ale. Slightly hoppy, with corriander, hints of lemon and orange zest, and of course, those devilish little red bastards, the cranberries. They aren’t singing now, my friends, they are dancing on my tastebuds. Very intriguing and interesting. Clean mouthfeel and finish. Definitely one I would have again, but could be a little more intense with the flavors.
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A murky orange color I expected it to be red? A cranberry and coriander aroma. The flavor is rather crisp with cranberries of course and a hint of spice. I also picked up some apples oddly enough. The body was rather thin and it wasnt exactly bursting with flavor. Overall it was ok.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yikes just the though of using this type of fruit in a beer made me cringe, but the label artwork made me laugh. I was intrigued so I had to pick up a bottle. A sweet and somewhat sour aroma leads into a flavor that is suprisingly thin, with just hints of fruit and some grassy hoppiness in the aftertaste. This is a farely boring beer for a winter seasonal, disappointing. Finishes somewhat spicy, which I can only imagine is this one finally reached proper temperature and was over before it could quite begin, too bad I will never know.
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light brown with dark orange highlights. The head is thin. The aroma is a bit of cranberry in the aroma. This is not a strong aroma, but there isn’t a lot else going on. A very light maltiness is backed up by a small touch of the cranberry. A little bit of bitterness in the end. A bit lackluster.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours orange-red with a thin white head. Aroma is slightly sour and earthy. Flavor is bitter, but I think from the cranberry and not hops. Also a slight amount of spice. Quite dry on the palate and refreshing. Expected a little more body for the season.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent deep copper with a thin, light tan head. Dry earthy malty aroma has some subtle fruit notes. Starts with a dry malty body turning a touch sweeter and sugary toward a lightly tart, drier cranberry finish. An interesting brew, but not all that wonderful.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(22 oz bottle: $2.79 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) With this being a fruit beer, you’d think the single characteristic that pops out at me the most would be the fruit, but no, it’s the husky grain maltiness and obvious dusty and chalky flavor. Sweetness is fairly light, with a mild bitterness emerging toward the finish. And, oh yeah, there is only a subtle hint of tart cranberries. The nose is lightly sweet, husky, dusty, and with even less of a hint of cranberry. Light-medium bodied and gently carbonated, gently tart and clean on the palate, and the mouthfeel is very chalky. Golden amber in color and somewhat cloudy in appearance. The off-white head pours to maybe half an inch before settling to a ring within a few minutes. Quite the yawner here, there just isn’t much going on in what is supposed to be a holiday beer, and with only a slight undercurrent of cranberries, it’s not even much of a fruit beer. ZZzz..
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a nice Christmas Ale but there was not a lot going for this beer. The very light to almost no Cranberry flavor. It was a cloudy beer with a dark amber color. The hops where refereshing to taste. This was a nice beer I would drink again but not one my top fruit beers that I love so much.