bu11zeye (11111) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle, 2004 vintage) Pours an amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, plums, licorice, and coriander. Flavor of raisins, plum, caramel malt, baked apple, hops (floral), anise, and coriander.
Theis (11080) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Unclear red/brown - light yellow/brown head. Fruity, berries, sweet, malty, spicy, light yeasty, fullbodied, dried fruits. Very nice.
harrisoni (10911) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Chris_o birthday bash 08. Candy sugar, spice and altogether a bit empty.
yngwie (10760) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. 2004-vintage. Nice beige head on top of a reddish-brown beer. Sweet, alcoholic aroma. Sweet and spicy flavor, with the usual christmas-spices. Long, warming and sweet finish. Probably the best of the Semper Ardens beers, and a year on bottle don’t harm it. (051104)
KimJohansen (10342) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy red brown with short lasting off white head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, overripe fruits and spices. Flavor comes out sweet with spicy and fruity notes.
faroeviking (10298) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber-brown colour with a short lasting beige head. Fruity aroma, yeasty, toasted caramel, malty, dark fruits and alcohol. Bustling flavour of raisins and plums, alcohol, sweetness, plenty of spices. Bitter Finish. Seceral years tasted. Turns more mild, sweet and round after 1-3 years.
thewolf (9882) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Muddy amber-brown colour with limited head. Aroma of caramel and anis. It is a bit alcoholic, taste of caramel, burnt malts and some sweet spices. Overall not as sweet as other Christmas Ales but it is more spicyness than bitterness.
Christian (9697) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 2005 rerate under better conditions: Dark amber body with a light brown head. Quite weak with malt, dried fruits and spices. Sweet flavour a hint of hops bitterness and distinct anise. An almost intimidating thick mouthfeel.
Pinball (9664) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Being not that fond of sempder ardens, i was surprised by this christmas ale. It is definetly in the top 25% of christmas ales i have tasted this year. It is uncomplicated and extremely well balanced. If You like an uncomplicated, but very good christmas brew, this is a good choice. Alc.% is quite high, but you won’t notice until you try to walk around. The brew is good enough to be able to handle 8.3%.
Maria (9569) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have tasted both the 2004 and the 2005 and have some in my cellar for maturing. Its a mahogany red beer, with a nice and creamy head. The mouthfeel is rather oily, and the aroma has sweetness, notes of raisins and plum. The flavour has a lot of dark fruits like raisins, plums, fig, roasted malt, cane sugar, nuts and coriander in the finish. A nice beer indeed!