krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
the rich, smoked ruby color of thick maple syrup, but clear-- and on top it bears a heavy, slurpy head that laces in parchment colored weaves and wobbles. it smells like a mandarin orange cake with creamed nutmeg meringue-- like a load of fresh juniper berries and coriander in an old wooden chest. full bodied and sweet with the same oily citrus bitters, backed with malts that resemble mild coffee and pumpkin bread. the carbonation wore itself out quickly, so as it warmed it flowed as easily as water over smooth stones, while the alcoholic component crept inconspicuously among the dark amber shadows. if grand marinier made a beer, it might be like this.
ABUSEDGOAT (2566) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 Hazy brown body. Aroma is metallic with spicing, fruit, unrefined sugar. Medium to light body, somewhat sweet. I used to like this?
bb (8509) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown beer with a biege head. Sweet candy malt and some fruit aroma. Dark fruit flavor that’s yeasty with some malt backing. Finishes dry. Well balanced and easy to drink. Masks alcohol well.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite tasty. This beer was indeed spicy and sweet. Alcohol well masked, an enjoyable beer.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very clean and balance brune. Lite mouthfeel some woody and bread notes with toasted almonds and raisins. Not near one of the best Belgian Christmas beers. Just average.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark red, amber color.Spices, licorice, toffee, sweetness, caramel in aroma, very rich. Little beige head. Licorice, chocolate, caramel, lasting sweet chocolate in aftertaste. Mild alcohol in aroma and flavor. Somehow short ending, still excellent brew!
stouby (4428) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, at home.
Dark brown. Sweet and fruity aroma, yet well balanced. Long duration.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby with a lasting beige head. Great aroma, some banana notes, caramel, spices. Sweetish yet balanced flavour. Banana showing up again, with toffee, plums and spices. Little bit thinner than i was hoping for in body, but still a really tasty beer.
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A flavorful, somewhat typical warming Belgian with a healthy dose of brown sugar (or so it feels). Tasty, but not morish in the vein of real top Belgians. Still, I enjoyed it and will be back for more.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on Christsmas day 2004. This one packs quite a punch with the warming alcohol coming through quite nicely. A great beer for the season. The flavor is definately on the malty side with medium spiciness.