Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Beer poured a deep golden amber, head was off white, thin and took off in a flash. Nose was a bit spicy and had hints of orange peel and clove.
FatPhil (13271) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle (Gallows Bird)
Very bitter aroma - slightly yeasty. Taste matches, but when we added the yeast after a few sips without, the yeastiness is too overpowering, and makes it a bit mushroomy, also quite bitter and caustic on the tongue. So IMHO, don’t add the yeast, and you’ll get a crisper classic de Ranke bitter taste.
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pine tree, strong Noble hops, orange peels, very tart and hoppy on the nose. Balanced on the palate, with a nice interplay between hop-bitterness, vanilla and tart yeastiness.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark amber with a few bubbles for a head. Aroma was sour, some spice, tart fruit, doughy malt. Flavor was sour/tart with some spice notes. A completely mediocre seasonal.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle. Pours a very cloudy dirty gold with a thin but long-lasting white head. Aroma was stale grass and yeast. Really not all that flavorful with some yeast flavors along with a very dry hoppy finish. The flavor wasn’t unpleasant, just bland. There was nothing distinctive about this beer, and as a Christmas Ale, I’d say it was a disappointment.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Brick Store. Poured a pretty hazy orange rind color with nice compact 1cm thick pure white head. Very fruity yeast on the nose, definite banana and pear qualities, not particularly spicy, mild alcohol astringency. More citrusy fruits on the palate, somewhat mediocre and soapy body, pleasantly restrained sweetness, hops more felt than tasted, mildly medicinal though in the dry finish. A pleasant diversion, but not mind blowing.
mjg74 (2953) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Bottle from BevMo. Medium golden/orange color. Slightly sweet and spicy aroma. Good amount of peppery hoppiness as well. Mild Belgian ale behind a very dry hoppy flavor.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy orange color with a smallish short lasting white head (some lace). Aroma is yeasty, lots of oranges and lemons and sour. The flavor is musty, yeasty, lots of orange and sour with some bready malts. Chalky mouthfeel, medium bodied, medium/high carbonation. Finishes very dry.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pere Noel had some nice champagne-like qualities in its flavor and mouthfeel, and an interesting aroma, but there wasn’t really enough flavor to it to really peak my interest.
This beer poured an opaque orange-pink with lots of fine head. Aroma contained lots of earthiness, isoamyl acetate (banana/circus peanuts), and ethyl butyrate (bubble gum). There was a champagne flavor and mouthfeel, but not much in the way of flavor. Mouthfeel was a bit thin.
I wouldn’t recommend this beer.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle orange/copper pour with a lot of carbonation leading to a two fingered frothy head. aroma is hoppy, spice, rich malt and apricot. big hoppiness. dry bitterness, mild spice. fairly one dimensional and a little thin. enjoyable but not worth the price.