Barrelbelly (590) - BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Richer taste than the original De Koninck. Still quite watery aftertaste. A nice dark beer in its category.
DarkElf (3014) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
20-Dec-10 (750-ml corked and caged bottle, Best Before 06-Sep-08: Purchased 23-Dec-07 at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA) One might have to ignore that this is a Belgian beer in order to maximize the enjoyment. The malty, medium-sweet nose offers caramel, toffee, earth, brown sugar, and dark bread. The flavor is decidedly malty and, dare I say, more British in character than Belgian, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, mild winter spicing, raisins, and a touch of milk chocolate. There a touch of breadiness and other oxidative notes that are to be expected from two years of aging, but these flavors work nicely with the beer’s defining characteristics. However, and quite surprisingly, there is little in the way of the yeast-driven flavors often associated with Belgian beers, and this perhaps coincides with the fact that there is absolutely no yeasty sediment in the bottle, nor is the beer cloudy. The amber-colored beer exhibits a chill haze that clears to fairly good clarity. Half an inch of off-white foam settles quickly to a disappointingly thin ring. All in all, this is a pleasant, easy drinking, malty beer for the winter season, though it’s surprisingly unchallenging on the palate for a Belgian beer.
madmitch76 (13066) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11th April 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Smooth, slight creamy dark beer. Good carbonation. Tangy sauce, fruity notes, no bitterness. Very drinkable.
Quack-Duck (7491) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Clear chestnut colour, mid-sized off-white head. Aroma of sherry. Full-bodied, malty, lots of dreid fruit, caramel and sherry, perhaps also port wine. The sherry flavours together with the shy hints of alcohol make this beer a smooth and delicious winter beer.
andyhwcinc (1315) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 vintage. I enjoyed this at Delilah’s 12th annual Winter Beer Tasting in Chicago, IL. Lighter and more crisp than other winter ales of it’s kind, enjoyable but just standard.
dutchbeerpages (1434) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great aroma, red fruit, bananes, wild. Taste is slightly on the bitter wide, takes away too much of the nice stuff.
Despotis (220) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - NOV 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown-amber beer with good but disappearing head.Light sweet,bitter,chocolate,cooked vegetables,floral,spicy,yeast.
jaghana (3441) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - NOV 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 33cl. A clear amber beer with low head. Smell is similar to German winterbier. Aroma is relatively dry, it taste as done with lower yeast like a marzen bier. Very less interesting than expected, low body, less spice presence, just malty and grassy with lager notes and bitter and over riped finish.
MoritzF (8247) - Bochum, GERMANY - NOV 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle, 33cl) Clear, ruby brown colour with a medium-sized and slightly tanned foamy head. Sweet and toasty malty aroma with loads of caramel, a rather restrained fruit character and a tinge of earthy herbal hops. Sweet flavour, medium to full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Moderately toasted malty and slightly sugary taste with caramel and shy fruity and spicy notes; sweet malt-accented finish with a tinge of dried fruits and discreetly hoppy spice. Likeable but also a bit one-sided brew. 04.XI.10
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a dark mahogany with a nice head. The aroma was sweet, and spicy. The flavor was very sweet and very spicy. Hints of cinnamon and sugar. Overall, a little sweet but good for a Christmas beer.