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 Johnís 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 wonít grab this one again. This was worse than the Delerium Noel foru sure.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
smells like fruitcake with a little wet cardboard oxidation mixed in. I get a little pine in there also. Color is a clear bronze with a brownish/white head that dissapates into a frothy ring on top. Mouthfeel is a little thin and fizzy. Toffee and caramel hits the tip of the tongue while acidic cherries hits the back. I taste a little oxidation in there which takes away from the overall experience a little. The aftertaste leaves a strange clove-like numbing affect on the tongue. The flavors last for a while. I kind of didnít like it at first, but itís all starting to come together. Very nice and enjoyable and very easy to drink.
Pailhead (6147) - 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 (1380) - 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 (8158) - 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.