baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown shaded with a fairly active off white head. Little Belgian-funk, cooked orange rind, kind of spicy (clove), little banana, and even a touch of coffee/smoke. Lightly sweet that lasts, very smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a spicy kick (alcohol and coriander on the breath).
Candi sugar and caramel notes come out on the taste. Nice stuff.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I'm surprised this is rated so highly. Very bitter and complex, but not to my liking. Still drinkable, but it really didn't do much for me. Maybe it's because I drink mostly U.S. stuff. Anyway, you won't see me rushing to the store during Christmas time to get this beer.
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight head from the pour. Great carbonation. Slight smoky/spice aroma. Awesome color of a dark brown/burgundy with great clarity. Smooth taste with a hint of black cherries, smoke and spices. Finish is slightly tart but creamy in the mouth. A very good quality winter brew. Not overly spicy like some of the other "christmas brews". A real winner.
k2 (146) - USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very good Belgian ALe. Very malty with a nice fruity finish. Good white head that lasts for the entire glass.
crazyvin (1837) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice hoppy ale with a fruity aroma that is not overpowering, a well balanced ale
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet fruity aroma of black cherries.Strong carbonation.Flavors of mild chocolate,cherries and pinapple.Mild bitterness at the finish.
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2003 Didn't like this beer too much the first time I tried it; much better on this trial, though it still didn't blow me away. Mostly clear and deep red-brown with some small bubbles rising from the bottom in single-file plumes. Cakey, off-white head lasted long. Sharp, yeasty nose. Active carbonation in the mouthfeel above a light and somewhat smooth malt texture. Sweet, candy-like flavors in the malt were nice, but they didn't last long; came and went quickly within each sip. Alochol warmed the throat a little. Dryish and clean finish, with some lingering flavors (toasted bread and a very mild hop bitterness). Overall, not bad, but not overly exciting either.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Found an incredible deal on this beer at the Bargain Bank in San Francisco: $3.99 for a 750 mL bottle! Unable to pass it up. Vey slight barnyard aroma. Slight apple aroma. Sweet and malty. Some caramel. Creamy. Medium body. Nice beer. Didn"t seem to be spiced.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had no idea this was 8.5 while drinking it, well done. Strongly malty with caramel and spice. Great choice for a winter - the belgian characteristics worked very well.
jonas (5445) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity estery, some alcohol in the nose
Dark red, thick creamy head.
Caramel and fruit.