rauchbier (3645) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, Kulminator Antwerpen. Deep amber, pale beige head and gentle condition. Gently spiced aromas with cinnamon most apparent and some hints of fruity berries. Equally spicy in the mouth with a suggestion of mulled wine spices, some gentle roasted notes, a low fruitiness and hints of English hops. Low caramel and roast bitterness in the finish.
PorterPounder (5952) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 750 ml bottle, Whip In Liquors, Austin, Tx. Pours a dark amber to light brown with a frothy, creamy slightly off-white creamy, sticky head. Aroma leaves a bit to be desired, reminds me of the chemicals that are present in hair coloring. Flavor has a bit of mint, some subdued malty raisin and date notes and a back end of caramel. Mouthfeel is decently thick and it finishes strong. Other than the aroma, this is a decent ale.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper in color, bananna smell. Drinking it has a smooth warm peppery taste! Good for a nice chilly nite.
MiP (14001) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Dark brown colour, white head. Slightly malty, slightly bitter. Dry, roasted aftertaste. OK beer.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Oud Arsenaal. Darker amber than the normal De Koninck. Fruity aroma. Sweet, fruity and malty flavour with notes of apple. More interesting and flavourful than a regular Bolleke.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden colour. In common with a number of the Belgian Christmas beers sampled at the same sitting this was quite light bodied, herbal and medicinal rather than rich, spicy and warming, which I tend to expect from a Christmas beer. Nothing wrong with doing them in a different style, provided they are well made. I found this one just too medicinal, a bit woody, and with insufficient else going on in the flavour to provide balance. Not great. Bottled at the Beer Circus Croydon (Christmas beers festival).
lowner (19) - astoria, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had on draft in Antwerp and brought home some bottles. Absolutely incredible. A drinking winter beer, not a strong barleywine or spice type. Classic De Koninck. Smooth, smooth, smooth. With a delicious kinda slight sweetness to it. Can not recommend it enough. A top 5 session beer
Metalhead (633) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not much going on with this. BB date 2 mos ago so you would think it would have something. Very mild slightly nutty/fruity. Blah! Big deal.
Lubiere (10746) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 Bottle at the Syracuse Holiday Brewfest Dec.04 2004. Golden copper ale. Oxidized belgian spices. Decent bready coriander taste with very smoth alcohol finish. Medium bodied. 5-3-7-3-13
A red amber ale with a thin off white head. Orangey malt and treacle in aroma. In mouth, more caramle malt and orange peels, light curacao and good alcohol in finish. A good winter warmer. Bolleke at Quinten Matsijs, Nov. 2006.2.65 euros. 7-4-7-3-15
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a medicinal, hospital aroma. The taste is dry, herbal and a bit fruity. On the dull side and the poorest Belgian of the day.