MiP (13836) - 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 (7428) - 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 (632) - 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 (10549) - 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.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cara, light spice. Medicinal. Brown with a tan head. Sweet citrus, fruity and malty. Balanced. Medium smooth, not bad.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber colour with small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and with some fruit. Flavor has some malty sweetness, finish is dry with some bitterness.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2004
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle at the Beer Circus, Croydon, London.. Meaty, fishy beer. Malty, very unpleasent.