barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft) A nice cloudy copper color that was quite intriguing. Nothing particularly special about the taste - actually this beer seemed a little too well-balanced. All of the flavors seemed to cancel each other out.
madsberg (10111) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Orange coloured. Dusty. Small off white head. Aroma of hops, spices and fruit. Flavour is citric and has some alcohol notes. Fruits and malts and spices are notable. Ends on a fruity and bitter note. Is quite good
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
De Ranke beers have a certain real, natural quality - It has to be the strong hopping - spicy, and more sweet than I usually like overall - this is a thin-to-medium palate beer with cinnamon and other bark spice elements intermingled with a fruity bit. Newl 2004 bottle - good to put away, to mellow.
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A hazy orange coloured beer with no head. The aroma has citric hop notes. The taste is intensely bitter hops with a sharp IPA character. The hops have an orange fruit quality. A very tasty beer but not sure why this qualifies as a Christmas beer.
larsniclas (5526) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber and hazy.
Very malty with notes of marcipan.
Dry and rather thin.
Some fruitiness and late bitterness.
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Champagne bottle. Bought this at Sharp Edge after some dude at the bar had just enjoyed it. We drank it at the 2004 beer exchange as a bonus and Bob had one word: "Primo". Pours with a decent head and that head stays with you for as long as the beer does. This tasted great, sweet and sour with a nice hoppy bite, that balanced almost perfectly. The beer was sort of a funky greyish color, but its nose was a little sour and spicy and the flavor was great for me. I wish I would have picked up a few more of these... very nice stuff!
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Spicy grassy aroma, light astringent hops, some vapors. Orange-amber hazy with foamy off-white lacing head. Light bodied with strong carbonation. Carbonic burn. Mild sweetness, honey, with good spicy character. Peppery. Hops bitterness throughout, but weaker in the finish. Peppery and light sweet finish, with chalky light bitter after. Pretty refreshing. No alcohol taste.
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy grey/orange. Flat aroma with smallish notes of hops and almonds. Big malty flavour, not much else, kiwi? Dry. Rich bitter ending, but somewhat harsh. Short in flavour.
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured amber with a thick beige head. Big malty/fruity aroma. Yeasty, fruity flavor. Light alcohol finish. Hints of cream in the finish. Nice.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
golden, hazy. Hoppy and fruity. Kind of reminds of the Hommelbier from Van Eecke. Hoppy finish. Flavour is quite refreshing. Strong honey notes is the first impession. A very complex, unique ale.