SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 Bottle. Pours brown with a large, fluffy tan head that diminishes mostly, shines a beautiful clear garnet-brown color when held to light. Aroma is sweet like brown sugar on fresh dark brown bread with a sprinkling of holiday spices. Flavor is malty sweet with some pleasing tartness as well, yeast, spice and hints of lemon and hops make for a full palate of flavors. Finishes with a lemon-grapefruit and maple. Medium body and gently building carbonation. Nice winter brew.
bu11zeye (12616) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with burgundy highlights and a moderate beige head. Aroma of molasses, mustiness, cinnamon, and cloves. Flavor of raisins and spices.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark ruby brown in color with decent head that lasts awhile. Light malt aroma. Flavor was fruity with a little malt. Could taste banana,apple and maybe cherry? Has a slight alcohol finish.
DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, at the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL. It may not be fair to rate this when I’m still coming off a cold, but I still find it very interesting. A deep ruby color, brown head with a hoppy taste all its own. Beer itself is a light blend of spices, some allspice perhaps, and dried apple. This was poured from a beer engine, so not much carbonation, and a flannel-type mouthfeel. Found the alcohol to be very strong only after the finish.
r464 (2254) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very malty with sone citrus and noticable alcohol. The flavor is distinctively Belgian. I did not detect much in the way of spice in the aroma or flavor, so it seemed less of a holiday style and more of a straight ale.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice malty nose with some fruit and spices. Reddish colour with lively off-white head. Flavor is malty with some spices, hints of alcohol and yeast in the finish.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75 cL bottle, chalice, bbe 22/09/06. Bread, grain and nutty malts; spruce and lemon hops; and earthy yeast are all in balance but overshadowed by date, smoke and primarily leather aromas. Small (for a Belgian) head is off white in color, frothy in texture and crowns a deep maroon beer. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderatley acidic, lightly bitter finish. The bitterness in the finish spruce-like, almost to the point of being metallic. A leathery taste lingers long after the beer is gone from the palate. Cinnamon, nutmeg and perhaps cardamon become aparent in the aftertaste once the beer warms a bit. I don’t really feel any astringency in the beer, but there is a steady and building numbness on the middle of my tongue. Medium body, watery/slick texture, fizzy carbonation. The bottom line is: I was really hoping for more considering my attraction to the other two Corsendonk beers...This is an odd beer.
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a strange brew. I like it and it sucks. Old leather,crisp bad belgian brown with a weird almost creamy chocolate finish. I drank a whole cork top at 50 F and it still boggles the mind.
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jondr72 (11) - Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a delicious ale. My bottle 75cl, 9.4% alc. Drinking it warm on christmas eve, it goes down big with a hint of spice at the back of the tongue.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
75cl corked and caged bottle. BB 16 09 04. Its past the BB date, but not sure how old that makes it. I grabbed the last bottle of the shelves of John’s Grocery in IAC back in Oct...cork says Lot*020722 if that means anything. Dark brown/amber, Tan head drops to nothing. Strong bead. Earthy smell, slight oxidized wetness....orangey and peppery spices rising as it breathers. Thin beer. Murky, tangy spiciness, but it just thins out to nothing but weak alcoholic spice. Not very graceful or elegant. Clunky and old...leathery. Leaves a sweet alcoholic feeling in my mouth. I won’t grab this one again. This was worse than the Delerium Noel foru sure.