Borresteijn (6166) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl Bottle, tfs Julien! Dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma of figs, port wine, raisins, dark fruits, yeast, cookies, brown sugar. Flavour is quite sweet, dark malts, dark fruits, yeast, raisins, brown sugar, raisin, resembles St. Bernardus Abt imho. Good, but a bit fizzy.
bytemesis (6295) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 bottle with thanks to kbudd19! Pours hazy ruby hazel, small tan head, dissipates slowly, good lacing. Aroma is herbal and floral, quite spiced, allspice, clove, yeast esters, dark fruits. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter, some oxidation present, dark fruits, raisins, Belgian yeast esters, and quite a bit of spices. Medium-light body, high carbonation. A bit overspiced for my personal preference.
barn0216 (537) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear reddish brown. Spicy nose, clove, coriander, reminds me of a tea sort of. Flavor is similar but the strong quad character comes through, alcohol. Not a huge fan but I can appreciate it.
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, vintage 2009. Appearance is muddy brown with a thin layer of head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is gingerbread, faint hint of sour cherries, and ripe fruit. Taste is rich gingerbread, followed by a sweet malty backbone with hints of fig and caramel, a touch of light bitterness creeps up towards the backend, finshes exceptionally smooth with zero trace from the alcohol. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. This has held up really well.
Jannick13 (142) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. One of my all time favorites. Strong, yet very smooth. Love the spices. Surprising taste for the abv.
Svesse (7698) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 4 Oct 2014) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, spicy nose with notes of caramel, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and dark bread. Malty, spicy taste with dried fruit, caramel, raisins, prunes, ginger, cinnamon and a gentle spicy bitterness. Full body, with a certain sweetness. Quite spicy, and with a certain alcohol bite. Still very well balanced and fairly warming. Very nice.
SirRaf (23) - - JAN 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear reddish amber colour with a tall tan head; aromas of spice, bread; balanced flavour with a neutral finish; tasty. Candy and sugar everywhere.
shdougan (48) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark ruby with a large foamy tan head. Aromas of raisin, plum, sour cherry, dark berries, caramel, and a handful of spices I canít put a name on. Itís full bodied with an average-high carbonation and a fairly oily mouthfeel. The taste is quite dry with a nice spicy bitterness. Not much booze taste, but the warming sensation is definitely there. My only beef with this brew is it had quite a present metallic flavor all the way through. Despite that, this was an enjoyable beer.
Lowenbrau (3073) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 12-09-2014.
Pours very dark with frothy tan head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Ginger, spicy, roasty and caramel aromas.Medium body, average carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste follows the nose, spicy, ginger (anis), roasty, caramel. Some dry and moderate bitter finish .
Beardbeerman (329) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml green bottle served around 15 degrees in a snifter:
This seasonal ale pours a dense foggy black coat covered by a finger or so of fine tanned head. Retention is moderate and lacing properties are excellent.
The complex nose delivers lots of spice with notes of cilantro, cinnamon, peppermint, paprika and another fresh herb I could not identify for sure. Very enjoyable.
On the tongue, this fine brew gives out dark fruits, subtle notes of honey, caramel and a touch of smoke from the paprika.
The mouthfeel is oily and very dense adding more enjoyable aspects to the tasting.
Overall, this is a robust and complex winter ale that had a great spice backbone. It is full-bodied and very satisfying. Iíve got a 2012 in the cellar and Iím pretty sure you can let this one age a good 5 years. Excellent product!