smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - minimal aroma. Mostly just sweet malt. Very little head, but what there was was white. The body was nearly orange-yellow. Very pretty. Flavor is nearly honey sweet malt. Fairly one-dimensional, but very nice. A desert beer for sure. The 12% is very well hidden, but this is no session beer.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 2004 vintage. Hazy amber ale having a small diminishing white head. No discernable carbonation. Sour cherry aroma. Full bodied that starts with sweet malt, cherry, and toffee flavors. Finishes with light malt aftertaste. Heavy textured sweet beer without cloyness. This is an amazing winter brew beer that is best served alone after a meal.
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet intense citrussy nose. Full sweet taste, fruity, wellbalanced but didn’t seem too complex. Despite the high ABV, it is far from cloying, alcoholic or syrupy as one might expect. Finishes a bit grainy. I wasn’t too overwhelmed, though this was a very young one
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, brewed 2005. Beautiful amber colour with a good haze; vivid sparkling; frothy, fragile structured but unexpectingly stable white head with good lacing. Sweetish, slightly perfumed aroma with cinnamon, raisins (freshly baked raisin bread), grapes and some alcohol. Spicy, a bit peppery and light fruity taste with surprisingly little sweetness. Strong, long, bitter aftertaste. Yet I’m missing some complexity, the taste is somewhat ’flat’. A very dry and very warming mouthfeel with some ’teasing’.
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 (13147) - 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.