Pailhead (5746) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Very malty, spicey, and fruity aroma. Pours a transparent dark red with a real nice off-white head with very good retention. Excellent lacing. Real nice malt flavor up front. Kind of a creamy, caramel, and fruit combination. Finishes rather spicey with a little clove that continues to linger in aftertaste. Hops are only very subtle. A touch of metal keeps this from being an even better beer. One of the better Christmas brews Iíve had.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looked beautiful in a Corsendonk glass,large head, spicey malty cherry like taste with a tart berry sweet aftertaste. Very well blended. About the best non-hoppy holiday brew Iíve had(so far) this year
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 I like it. A lot. As the descrip says though, predominantly malty flavors. Iíd prefer a tripel for a more complex flavor though. It reminds me of tripel karmeliet on the palate, but just not as many different flavors. A nice, lingering aftertaste. Worth a try for sure. Preferential to Chimay bleu for my tastes, but about the same quality and complexity.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft) Smelled better than it tasted, but it smelled fantastic. Nice and malty with some spice aroma that I couldnít identify. Taste was very similar to the Great Lakes Christmas Ale - if you like that, youíll like this.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was somewhat disappointed with this one. There is a degree of peatiness here that rounds out a good beer but verall it was one that failed to live up to my expectations.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The look of this was like soda. Pretty nice. The aroma was good too, like the saisons. Good malty aroma. The taste was good, but a bit sweet. Good beer. Iím glad I tried it.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly hoppy aroma is the first thing to strike you after this dark brown pour is unleashed. A substantial head lingers atop the malted goodness. The flavor is sour and spicy, with a touch of pineapple. The hops return in the finish - to round out a nice ride.
Hansen (7684) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown. Big head. Aroma is sweet with different spices. Warming and sweet flavor.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried at Christmas party a little smokey so could not detect any aromas. Ruby brown color, raisins hints of chocolate,finneshes slightly yeasty
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Decent BSA. Color is deep brown, nearly black. When held up to light it becomes deep chestnut colored. Decent tan head. Moderate lacing. Sweet, fruity aroma. Well carbonated. Dry and fruity flavor. Decent.