mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
While my bottle was perhaps affected by the fact of its December age I think my review will stand. There is more sediment then I have ever seen and while it did not affect the taste it might scare some peole not in the know.It smelled pretty nice and had the crispness I have come to like in Belguim strongs. Yet it had a little bit too much dryness to me. I need it sweeter at this strenth and I could taste the alcohol. Not bad though and as it warmed there was more character. Still there are many beeter ones out there and I wonít buy it again even though I would drink it.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Dark brown color with smallish, thin head. Aroma of malt, pepper and cinnamon. Taste had some plum, coriander and roasty toasty. Full bodied with a somewhat lively mouthfeel which was strange considering the appearance.
hopdog (9537) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap (12/24/04). Poured a medium to dark brown color with an averaged sized, off white head. Spicy and malty aroma and tastes. A good X-Mas brew.
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
piney citrus hop aroma, thin brown red body with a huge tan head, sweet fruit flavor, mostly apple, alcohol is well hidden, piney flavor, caramel, some lingering smoke, thereís nothing like a christmas ale in June.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown amber color with some red hues. Pretty off-white head with very fine bubbles. Aroma is very spicy with malt and smoke in there as well. Flavor is caramel, dark fruit and spice. Body is a little thin but it had a nice long spicy finish. A good beer for sure.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured with a huge head, light brown. Nice lacing as the carbonation settles. The aroma was of spice, caramel/malt. Smooth tingly bubbles, slight fruit notes in the finish. Nice brew!
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeast and lemon aroma. Champagne head. Taste is slightly oakey with yeast, citrus and an alcohol finish.
thegreenrooster (3417) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep read with a huge tan head. Aroma is earthy and smokey. Flavor is actually kind of bland. I did not get what most raters found in theirs. Its mostly just roasted malts that donít stand out. Maybe its b/c the beer is old, im having this in may. Possible re-rate, iíll give it a second chance next year.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown rum fire carried by fierce bubbling...Cloves nesting on dry tobacco leaves...Roasted malt is muddled, a green back bitterness tries to affirm itself...Thin and bland for a Belgian Christmas ale...The recipe has been altered or this is just severely overrated...
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance proposes a huge off-white head over a dark brown body. Aroma is quite rich, very spicy with tons of cinnamon, cardomom, thyme, sage, ginger, nuts, caramel, tobacco, chocolate and a mild alcohol touch. Quite complex and appealing. It's another story on the palate though where we have another sad case of beer whose aroma doesn't match the aroma's promises. The flavors are just not so well blended together and the balance lacks where it's just some vaguely thrown spices to stop the sweetness. Not to help anything, it's very effervescent on the tongue, almost fizzy. Finish is malty sweet and a bit unclean.