BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells just like Christmas, with fresh baked pie and spice cake. Felt a bit thin and watery in the mouth, and the flavor didn't live up to the wonderful aroma.
sphinx (11) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful dark Belgian ale with . Definately a winter ale - 8.5% leans towards a barley wine taste, but more of an ale - not as sweet, and prominent malty taste. Now I taste a spice flavor or some type - clove maybe, and slightly smoky flavor too. Excellent. Goes down smooth.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice Belgian that reminds me of Rochefort 8 on many levels. Pours a clear red-brown with an initially thick light tan head that disappeared over time. Sweet candi sugar, apple, and vinous aroma characteristics. Flavor is pretty impressive: sweet fruit and vinous notes with a warming alcohol presence. A touch of apple peel yields to chocolate and yeasty bready flavors. Finish is somewhat dry. Nice.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fairly thin and light bodied, though quite alcoholic, fruity and slightly chocolaty brew with subdued malt flavor. Hints of fig, orange, dates, as well as copper, iron and zinc; finishes with a lingering bitterness. A little disappointing.
jimhilt (2469) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a two-fingered, thick, light tan head leaving an even lace. Color is a dark, clear amber. Light-medium carbonation. Light malty/hoppy nose. Medium bodied. Starts smooth and malty, finishes with a warming touch. Excellent Christmas ale. $7.50 for a 750ml bottle.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted malt aroma with some nutmeg? or other spice in the aroma. Dark ruby brown color witha nice tan head. Roasted malt flavors with some nutmeg spice and some slight smoky falvor. The flavors hide the alcohol content, I would've never guessed this to be a 8.5% beer. A decent beer that was brewed very well.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown with medium brown head. Wheaty with some definate malts in the nose. Very wheaty and yeasty in the taste. Not bad overall, but I just dont like wheat
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color. Nose is spicy and yeasty. Flavor is wheaty with malty notes. Finish is acidic.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
'Course-I'm-drunk Christmas Ale. Okay, bad. Fortunately the beer was much better. Bubbly head over orange/brown body. Berries and chocolate in the aroma. Carbination. Flavor hints of milk chocolate. Very good drink.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dry and strongly spiced. Loads of cinnamon, ginger, coffee and some notes of oak in the aroma. Very nice light brown creamy head. Nice flavor of christmas-spices. Very nice but strong and demanding brew.