GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Tylerís in Durham, NC. Clear ruby brown color with thin off white head. Smells of floral hops and anise. Anise comes out again in the flavor along with alcohol and a hint of fresh mint leaves. Alcohol flavor lingers in the nose.
joergen (25617) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange brown coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of anise, fruits and dried fruits.
Fruity flavour of dried fruits, spices and anise.
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium-brown in color, small head. Aroma is fruity with carmel, yeast and alcohol. Slghtly sweet with multiple spices, cinammon & clove. Pretty darn good.
yngwie (16395) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 Bottled. 75cl champagne-style. Red/amber in color. Dense, light tan head. Nice lacings. Aroma of christmas spices, sugar and cellar. Much the same in flavor. Long fruity bitter finish. (051126)
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, 1 year old. aroma: fruity(peach, pineapple), cookie dough, molasses, dark candy and syrup. taste: malty, sweet, bitterish, spicy(cinnamon, licorice), coffee and chocolate. bitter fruity finish. nice after a year!!
EBates (5) - Maumee, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2005 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought in eight pack of 250 ml bottles with Corsendonk Christmas glass. Color is a dark reddish-brown with a tan head that lasts a minute or two. Solid spicy fruit in the nose. Same in the flavor with a good amount sweetness and nice malt character. Reminds me of a bolder version of their Abbey Brown ale.
larsga (7163) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge, offwhite head over clear dark ruby body. Aroma is strong, and cool, full of sweetness, stale hops, coriander, and other spices. Taste is clean and light, initially, but quickly gives way to spices (pepper, cinnamon, and who knows what else), but the mouthfeel is a little watery (possibly because of what I had before this beer). Faintly reminiscent of wine, also has some lingering burntness. Overall a good Belgian.
Sigmund (6382) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked "champagne" style bottle, packed in metal gift box. Now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet). Very dark reddish brown colour, slightly hazy. Moderate tan head. Very nice aroma of Christmas spices, oak, raisins, old sherry, toffee and treacle. Flavour is very malty sweet, plenty of caramel and some spices, hints of smoke, tart/bitter finish. Fizzy mouthfeel - due to the aggressive carbonation and tart finish this beer was not a "silky smooth" experience for me. I actually preferred du Bocqís Regal Christmas to this one (havenít tried them side by side, though). R.C. is also somewhat less expensive.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice clear dark brown burgundy color with a large amount of froathy manilla head. Aroma is a little flat: slightly sweet, mellow yeast and spices, raisins, and slight sour orange scent. Flavor is sour, bananna, sour grapes, coriander with a smooth malty finish. Overall, I thought it could have been better.
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big fluffy, lasting pillow head. Gentle spice aroma. Full body, touch of sourness, warm malty flavour. Silky, malty but not a lot of special in it.