bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy copper body with a moderate rocky off-white head. Aroma of old books, leather, white grapes, and spices. Spicy yeast flavor.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, wrapped in festive tissue paper; the actual bottle was unlabelled! Popped the cap and pulled the cork - Look ou - it’s a GUSHER!!! We lost at least 1/3 of the bottle (well, we actually salvaged some of it in a bowl for the dogs - they loved it). The hazy golden body had a nice floral fruity herbal aroma. Body was mostly smooth, full flavored with a nice hop presence. A well crafted beer, just wish we wouldn’t have lost so much of it!
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 edition bottle no. 000012. Hazy golden colour with small dense white head. Aroma is malty with some fruit. Flavor is malty and fruity, bitter finish.
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 (10184) - 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 (8718) - 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 (5611) - 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 (3727) - 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.