aracauna (3053) - Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, dull, cloudy brown body with a decent super-light tan foamy head. The aroma and flavor are brown sugar and very fruity, but the flavor is overall pretty mellow. The flavors are a little dull and this kidn of slides into the middle of the pack of my Belgian strong ale experience.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark brown with lots of head that leaves rather fast, no lace to speak of. A sweet nose full of raisins with alcohol. Malts, a little sweet, and grape juice are most prevelant in the flavors. Finishes smooth with some bitter fruit notes. Well done Belgian.
egajdzis (5275) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2003 Poured an opaque brown color with a small light tan head. Aroma of sweet fruits, apricot, grape juice, and alcohol. Malty taste also included hints of some fruit, plums, hops, and alittle alcohol in the back. Seems juicy and very refreshing.
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark cloudy amber colour, with decent sized head. Sweet alcoholic aroma, bit of raisins. Flavour was sweet malt, with noetes of black licorice in the back ground.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is complex with notes of wine, raisin, bread, yeast and hops. Alcohol is detectable, but not harsh, very mellow. This pours a clear ruby color with great head and desirable lacing for the style. The flavor is almost session, it's mild but with a ferocious hop bite with clean Belgian flavors rounding off the complexities. Finishes zesty and fruity. Overall this is a great Christmas beer and a really good Belgian Strong to boot, very nice complexities with an easy drinking body. I really liked this one.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one is a bit of a transformer. Appears to be very dark in the pour, but when held up to the light, it has a beautiful shade of ruby that I seldom see in a beer. Creamy, frothy head, with a great bold aroma, that just fills the room upon opening of the bottle. Big floral aroma, that is very medium - bodied but has big flavors and a bit of complex subtelty that tickles your tongue with lively carbonation. The flavor reveals a bit of toffee and caramel, but not in the same sense that a brown ale or amber would have. As you begin to get into the body of the beer the flavors begin to come out, and you begin to pick out raisins, and figs, with some fruity esthers, and slightly clovey. This is one of those Christmas ales that you wish they would serve all year round. This would go so good with dinner during the holidays, or even sitting out on the porch with family and friends to keep you warm on cold winter nights. I love this beer.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer appears black, but is very dark brown held up to light - it can be seen through. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and molasses. The fully lasting head is substantial with large bubbles at first, giving way to very fine, leaving a cottony texture. Date on the bottle is 09-17-03. Tasting reveals toffee, licorice, and dates? A slight alcohol touch is barely noticable. A good, strong, dark corsendonk. Don't know whether I prefer this or the Corsendonk brown ale. Initial flavor is lightly sweet giving way to a more alcohol finish. Sampled at just above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Figgy and raisin notes with a whole lot of coriander and other spices. Thick middle with some woody and pear-like tastes. The spice stays evident throughout the caramelly sweet finish. Very easy to drink, smooth yet complex, spicy and, at times, sweet. Xmas in June at the Ratebeer Summer Gathering.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer! Nose of rich dark malt and bursting with esters. The esters blend well with the roasted malt character. Some pleasant alcohol heat without the flavour. Rich creamy viscous mouth feel. Very malty and a little sweet. Low hop biterness although there is a nice interplay in the background. The malt really stands out.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This christmas ale pours a dark, clear, reddish brown color with a small, diminishing, off-white head. The aroma is spicy and yeasty with hints of ginger and coriander. It has a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is spicy and malty with some peppery notes. The finish is long, sweet, and spicy. Very good, and nothing beats drinking a Belgian christmas ale in June.