irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a lightly hazy, deep red with a well formed white head. aroma is richly malty, dominated by a caramelly sweetness. malt is again the dominant flavor note, but it is well balanced with a spiciness that seems to come from everywhere-hops, yeast, and the spice mill. really exceptional flavor. the palate is also excellent, as the spices (and CO2) keep the malt from clinging. amazing drinkability for its size.
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JAN 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very impressive appearance with a large toffee-brown head. Okay aroma and a good fruity flavour, albeit with a lot of alcohol - a bad thing in my book at this still relatively low ABV.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg @ Akkurat, Stockholm Backlog 29 Dec 2004
Robust. Sweet. dades, rasins, nuts and the hole lot.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
i decided to open this due to the fact that i got a raise from my boss today.....!!!!
750 ml bottle poured into a duvel glass 1/4 at a time.the first pour brought on a huge 3 inch head that took about 4 minutes to calm down.at first,it appeared a very dark brown.alot like a quad.although when i held it up to light,it was a very nice ruby red.this was a very nice surprise.then,the very first sniff i took was not a nice surprise.it was pretty much a medicinal aroma with a bit of the cork....not to good.now im a bit nervous,i brought the trappist glass up to my lips and recieved.....acid,carbonation,and medicine.is this the "lightly tart" they are talking about?
so i decided to let it sit for a few minutes.(like i did the frist time i had orval)and ya know,it did the trick.
the aroma then balanced out and gave me some spice,yeast,and a sour ending.the flavor was now really smooth.again,the spice came out,the belgian taste,and some malts in the end.if you have not had this.make sure you pour it into a glass,AND LET IT SIT FOR AT LEAST 5 MINUTES.now matter what the temp is,this christmas likes relax a bit before it goes to work.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 Bottle. Pours brown with a large, fluffy tan head that diminishes mostly, shines a beautiful clear garnet-brown color when held to light. Aroma is sweet like brown sugar on fresh dark brown bread with a sprinkling of holiday spices. Flavor is malty sweet with some pleasing tartness as well, yeast, spice and hints of lemon and hops make for a full palate of flavors. Finishes with a lemon-grapefruit and maple. Medium body and gently building carbonation. Nice winter brew.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with burgundy highlights and a moderate beige head. Aroma of molasses, mustiness, cinnamon, and cloves. Flavor of raisins and spices.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark ruby brown in color with decent head that lasts awhile. Light malt aroma. Flavor was fruity with a little malt. Could taste banana,apple and maybe cherry? Has a slight alcohol finish.
DrnkMcDermott (2865) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, at the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL. It may not be fair to rate this when I’m still coming off a cold, but I still find it very interesting. A deep ruby color, brown head with a hoppy taste all its own. Beer itself is a light blend of spices, some allspice perhaps, and dried apple. This was poured from a beer engine, so not much carbonation, and a flannel-type mouthfeel. Found the alcohol to be very strong only after the finish.
r464 (1970) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very malty with sone citrus and noticable alcohol. The flavor is distinctively Belgian. I did not detect much in the way of spice in the aroma or flavor, so it seemed less of a holiday style and more of a straight ale.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice malty nose with some fruit and spices. Reddish colour with lively off-white head. Flavor is malty with some spices, hints of alcohol and yeast in the finish.