Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The nose was full of dried grapes, sweet dark fruits, orange, clove and alcohol. A fantastic nose that hits you right away. Smelled totally delightful.
The flavor was very complex and this was an extreamly tasty beer however, the flavor didnít seem to overwhelm me. Flavors of dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, sugars and sweet cherry candies spoke well.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted a the Pub Italia in Ottawa. Light brown color with a medium white head. Appealing aroma of fruits and spices. Very festive flavor of fruits and spices with a spicy finish, itís reminiscent of a spice cake. Light to medium body, soft carbonation.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Plum colored brew with a white head that lasts. Lots of dark fruit and spice in the aroma and taste. Malty with a medium body with a citrusy spice clove finish.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A color that straddles eggplant and plum, underneath a lovely tan head. Intense aromatics: raisins, plums, port, cinnamon, ginger cloves. A generous buzz on the tongue fueled by a great array of hops,and held up by solid malt base. Overall, one gets a feel of holiday breads, cakes ginger cookies. Very tasty, warming, delicious.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish/brown with thin wispy tan lace. Aroma is earthy, dry and somewhat metallic. hard fruit, with spices. Flavors of smoke, apples, raisins and roasted malts. Acidic, citrus finish. This is an average belgian strong. Not as good as I wanted it to be. However, I still like this brewer and the awesome abbey pale ale they make.
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 (10105) - 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 (814) - 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.