DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Starts out nice, with a fresh saison-like hoppy bouquet and amber color with nice foamy head. Some fruity, yeasty elements as well. Hops dominate throughout (Hallertau/Goldings) and create a bitter profile overall, finishing with an almost astringent bitterness but, thank God, not in the league with some of the more vulgar Cascade-laced tonics. The problem is a lack of fullness and body in the middle - not alot of fruitiness, understated malt, and no spiciness. Funky, earthy qualities noted and are appealing to me, just not a big enough beer.
SVD (682) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, thanks to Zupastan, amber coloured beer with a small head, aroma is malt, yeast, Taste is spices, some fruit, bitter dry. Not bad
J_man (736) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy medium light amber with a thick but quickly receding white head. Aromas of sweet malt with a slight sour tinge. The flavor is very light and there doesn’t seem to be much going on here. A bit of vanilla, baking spice, and light caramel sweetness, but overall somewhat watery. Maybe a bit of grape must. Leaves a slight woody taste behind, but otherwise seems to disappear at the end. Not a bad beer, just not very distinctive.
veceo (678) - CROATIA - JAN 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber color, big off white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma and taste of malt, spices, yeast and pears. Medium body, average carbonation. Sweet taste with light tartness and surprisingly bitter finish. Nice, fruity Belgian ale.
wimpyjoe (4642) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from The Bottle Shop, Brugge. Cloudy deeper orange colour with a small creamy head. Strong enough tasting with plenty of smooth pale malts evident in both aroma and taste. There’s a hint of fruit and spice, but not much of either
Jorn69 (1236) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Havregatan 150116. Bottle (750 ml) from Systembolaget. Fruity and yeasty with spicy notes, quite sweet with notes honey, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, fruity and spicy.
Blitzpulli (2) - - JAN 13, 2015 does not count
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Réglisse à peine sensible qui laisse un joli voile de douceur sur les papilles. Nez belge, amertume au rendez vous. Surprenant pour une bière de noël, mais exquis. L’année prochaine je fête noël en Belgique .
Lilja (1808) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska från SB. Smak och doft av humle, belgisk jäst, mango, aprikos, brunt socker, julkryddor så som kanel, karedemumma och kryddnejlika med toner av äpple. Ett bra julöl, lagom kryddigt, lagom söt med fin beska.
Mad_Ferret (683) - SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Drank it at mom and dads place.
Cloudy orange amber, very big and thick fluffy dirt white head. Nice lacings.
Aroma: Sweet apricots, mandarines and apples, toasty doughy bready, vanilla cookie, some yeast, straw and dried grass.
Taste: Sweet doughy apricot and grapefruit flavour with white peppers and grass, grapefruit rind.
Full bodied, soft carb, smooth texture.
Wow. This brewery kills me! They’re so damn good!
ST247 (425) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from beergium.com Pours dark orange with a creamy white head. Aroma is a bit sweet, honey. Taste has some bitterness, sweet, hints of caramel, roasted malts. Dry bitter finish. Nice carbonation.
dfinney23 (1901) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour hazy orange-amber with a finger of white head. Complex and well-balanced, though I have to admit the lack of spices leaves it not seeming very Christmas-y.