hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of raisins, fruity licorice and a light bit of spices, very nice. Cloudy orange with small floaties and a nice white head. Flavor of dried fruit, chewy caramel and toffee, brown sugar. Very sweet and buttery with a slight hint of cinamom in the finish. The flavor just lasts and lasts. Lively mouthfeel with a nice oily texture. I am a fan.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lasting head and strong aroma. Dark orange colour. Heavy, warming taste. yet soft on the palate One of the best Christmas ales I’ve had!
HenrikSoegaard (12930) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0.25 L. Creamy white good mosltly lasting head. Cloudy orange colour. Powerfull aroma with lots og hopps and citrus. Heavy bitter flavoir and long finish. Cremy palate and soft carbonated.
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured out a cloudy orange amber color with no real head but laced the glass almost like a wine. The aroma is very sharp, full of candied fruits, marachino cherries, a little yeast, a little malt and maybe even a touch of pungent nail polish. The flavor is very sweet with candied apple, cream soda, champagne notes. Plus there is some yeasty bread dough and a touch of malt in the taste. Just a bit of bitter and some warming alcohol in the finish. The palate is syrupy with just a touch of carbonation. My wife likened it to Asti without the harshness, to me it almost tastes like a carbonated sauterne. Delicious beer, not something I could drink regularly but very nice to have a couple throughout a holiday season.
balesjas (41) - Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong alcohol flavor -- very full palate/mouthfeel. Good stuff, especially on a winter’s night.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from ’04. Poured with no head and no apparent carbonation, not sure if this bottle had been stored improperly before I bought it last year. Alcohol strength seems hidden by lots of roasty candi-like sugary malt character, but this was just too syrupy sweet for my taste so to me the palate was poor.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep reddish amber- slightly viscous with little head. Aromas of overripe fruit, candy, fantastic yeast esters and the flavor follows through but with a nice hint of tartness. Will develop wonderfully as it ages.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a small lacing off white head. Also some small floaties. Strong aroma of prunes and other dark fruits. Some red wine characteristics, caramel, honey and an overall nice sweetness. Flavors of the same with some slight roastiness and a general overall sweetness. Very smooth and creamy. Great palate and a great overall winter warmer. What a treat. Alcohol was very well hidden, felt more than tasted. 8-4-9-5-17
Re-rate. I had this next to a 2005 Special Reserva and I had to knock down the flavor some. Just too sweet next to the Special Reserva although I don’t feel the Special Reserva deserves a 10. So thus a score change.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well made and fun to drink. The 12% is not evident. Tastes more like an 8% beer. Funky on the nose and palate, but not too sweet. Very fruity.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an extremely cloudy, dense, yeasty gold. Very little head, but the bubbles are sticky. Aroma is moderate, a fruity malt. Alcohol is well concealed for a 12%. Fruity, sticky buns, baked sugar spice apple. Feels like a heavy belgian in the mouth, doesn’t burn, but you know the alcohol is enough to get you if you drink it too fast. Which you should not do, incidentally. wonderful little label adds to the fun effect. Long, long finish that I could still taste a half hour later, with enjoyment.