blackisle (2084) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33cl. Cloudy medium amber, small frothy off-white head, mostly diminishing, light lacing ; aroma malts, honey, overripe fruits, some tart; taste is bittersweet, very malty, fruity notes, with average duration; in aftertaste a dry hoppy bitterness prevails, spicy notes, bit dusty impression; medium texture, creamy texture, average carbonation; peculiar brew, not your classic Belgian Xmas, nice anyway but expected more.
Marko (4969) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 5, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared with Višnja & Goran (thanks!) and Hrabren. Misty amber-golden body with a small whtie head. Sweet grainy aroma, with some light spicy hoppiness in the end taste... grainy, malty, dusty bitterish finish, tiny honeyish note, light tartness... Interesting balance, a typical and yet unusual Belgian at the same time. Not sure what to make of it, but it was an interesting experience.
hrabren (934) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 4, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.75 l bottle from Pivoteka, Zagreb. Shared with Vi?nja666 and Marko. Hazy almost opaque, some sediment. Dark golden, brownish orange. Spicy, orange peel, malts, biscuit. Light dry in the beginning, sweet background, bitter finish, medium hopped. Medium body. Bubblegum, orange, spices in the finish. Complex.
ClaudeB04 (350) - Dudelange, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy blonde / orange.
Nicely balanced hoppy and malty notes with a long bitter finish. Not a typical xmas beer but very good.
biirusaikou (2585) - - JAN 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Delirium. Mostly fruity and piney hops with a light caramel edge, hints of pepper, bitter finish. Not so christmasish, a bit too hoppy for the style maybe.
DJoer (1196) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium white head, brown copper coloured body, muffy hay yeasts malts smell, yeasts peppery malts taste, medium carbonation, medium bitter
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle pours a dark gold with some frothy, white head. Nose has oranges, yeast, mild spice. Flavor is sweet with candy, spicy esters, orange peel. Full bodied but also dry.
Shot (465) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange-brown with a creamy head that dissipates to a thin lace. Fruity aromas, cut grass and breadiness. Flavors are stone fruits, orange peel, grassy tones and bread. Finishes with bitter citrus. Peppery mouthfeel. Perhaps this could best be described as a "Belgian Pilsner." It’s unlike a typical Christmas ale, but it’s fruity, crisp and enjoyable.
hednom (146) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33cl, pours a golden colour with a white head, Spicy aroma, medium dry taste, dry aftertaste
kajser27 (1404) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unclear, amber-orange colored, medium off white frothy head. Aroma is caramel, candy sugar, spicy, bit of citrus and straw, some yeast. Taste is medium sweet sugary, caramel, some fruits, tart, spicy, citrus and some straw medium+ bitterness, bready yeasty finish, dry and lasting bitter finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Unexpectedly bitter and not something you expect when ordering a Belgian winter warmer!
(on tap, Gainsbar, Kortrijk)