crossovert (10313) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 vintage. Came with a glass which I will use for this review.
Pours a deep dark brown with hints of ruby when held to light. The head fits perfectly in the Corsendonk branded glass and it is off white, semi quickly dissipating, with some spotty lacing.
Smell is typical belgian dark, but with an elevated level of fruitiness. In addition to the normal dark dried fruits, I sense some banana, citrus, and grapes. There is also a hint of spice.
The taste follows suit, but with a nice hit of spices. The sweetness is very balanced and the fruit flavors are vibrant and up front. There are also hints of caramel and a small amount of alcoholic bite. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a perfect amount of carbonation, though the bottle is far too small at 8.5 oz.
This is a fantastic brew, for lovers of Belgian Stong Dark ales. This one is highly drinkable, downing a whole gift pack of these would be feasible, though you’d be feeling it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-19-2009 04:08:42
Gurthnar (4074) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 7, 2016
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Drinkshop. Alcohol hidden well. Deep brown clear colour. Small head disappearing instantly. Very rich malty aroma and flavour, with dried fruits, toffee, caramel, plums, sherry. Very easy drinking with alcohol hidden completely. Excellent.
holdleder (279) - Kongerslev, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75 cl. champagne-flaske. 8,5 %. Fantastisk mørk juleøl, tilpas bitterhed. Dejlig blødhed og ikke for sprittet. superb.
Xavalias (279) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany brown. with a thick, persistent beige head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, malty, ripe fruits, some coffee. The taste is light sweet, light bitter. Smooth sweet finish. Nice.
Prufrockstar (1698) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Eugene and after-Christmas sales. Paired with cookies and Deadwood. Deep deep dark brown pour, nearly opaque, with big creamy head that flourishes but dissipates soon enough, leaving behind lacing. I should let this warm up, but I’m impatient. Aroma is plum, fruit cake, toffee. I pass it to Summer and she hits on it right away: "reminds me of Dr Pepper." Yep -- with all the fruit cake there’s plenty of cola, vanilla, and secret Dr Pepper spicing. Moderate+ sweetness, medium body, slick texture. Overall: fancy Dr Pepper for grown-ups (which I mean in the best possible way). Edited to add: oh yeah, don’t forget the tootsie roll. Tootsie roll Dr Pepper beer.
tekstr1der (289) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good looking pour is clear, dark brown with lasting beige pillow on top. Aroma has some spices I’m not too fond of - anise and clove. I can smell the Belgian yeast and malt I enjoy beneath, but the spice is detracting. Flavor is better, with the spices more subdued, some ripened fruits and sweet malt. Slightly thin, but smooth mouthfeel. Not sure I’ll revisit this one.
poech73 (319) - Braine, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bière de Noël classique: fort maltée aux arômes de chocolats, épicée aux notes citronnées (cardamone?), peu houblonnée et sur lie. La levure domine la bouche avec des saveurs épicées légèrement poivrées accompagnées de saveurs maltées chocolatées mais fort aqueuse. Peu d’amertume. Je note un bel équilibre en bouche avec une finale maltées très agréable au palais rendant cette bière assez moelleuse cependant restant bien dans la lignée du genre.
martin00sr (1975) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark brown, airy offwhite head. Malty aroma with caramel, brown sugar and light spice. Flavour has malt and fruit, some light sourish notes. Apples and brown sugar. Some metallic notes as well. Not impressed.
HerrBierkoenig (910) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 2, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From 0,25l bottle, BBD: 21/10/17 Bought at Damian Bottle Shop, Bratislava. Pours dark brown liquid, huge frothy tan to brown head, Aroma: sweet, spicy, caramel sweets, jelly fruit sweets, herbal hopy, light candied fruit, Taste: medium to heavy sweet, light to medium bitter, medium sour, fruity, caramel, lemon like jelly sweets, some metallic off taste, some minor warming alcohol notes, Palate: medium body, average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, long lemon candy aftertaste, Overall: did not enjoyed.
janez (12) - - DEC 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma is citrusy and malty. Apple. Apperance is light brown, medium white head. Taste is tart apple and malt. Mild carbonation. Alcohol well hidden, very smooth. A bit too cidery but overall decent
BRW (1747) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at biercab. Brown colour with beige head. Malt, caramel, nuts, fruit aroma. Sweet, malt, caramel, nuts, fruit, chocolate taste. Medium to full body.