bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The sweet aroma of the Christmas ale let me know that the ale was going to be different from the Belgians of my past. The sweet sugary taste of left me wondering what it was. Very smooth and drinkable after a few minutes of air with the distinct tastes of raisins made the finish easy .
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sampled at Cellarís Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. A 2007 vintage. Pours a slight hazy caramel brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that disipates to a fine film and ring. Aroma of caramel malt, a touch of raisin, yeast, some dry spice and some toffee. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation , with flavors of dried pitted fruit, cramel malt and some holiday spice. Finish has a high alcohol metallic texture with a caramel and spice aftertaste.
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml. bottle. Poured a medium brown with a modest off white head. Aroma is malty spiced and yeastey. The flavor is pretty strong fruit notes. Finish is warm and smooth. ABV is well hidden. Good beer nothing spectactular. Not especially seasonal flavor.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 vintage 33cl bottle. Pours to a vibrant reddish amber body thatís full of medium particulate. Likely broken up chunks of settled yeast. A thin creamy white head sits on top. The aroma is very strong with yeasts, yellow apples, light cinnamon. The flavor is a nice yeasty apple bomb with cinnamon and nutmeg. The palate is sweet, smooth, nicely carbonated, and warming.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle. Pours a hazy amber with orange-brown and gold highlights and a medium-sized though short-lived off-white head. The smell is very malt heavy. The aroma hides its alcohol content better than its other, lighter-weight Delirium brethren. In addition to sweet candy malts and caramel, the aroma carries a tinge of grass with a subtle, earthy bitterness that smell like English hops. The flavor starts with lots of sweet malts and a strange acidity - like a lemon-flavored hard candy was dropped in the beer. The middle of the tongue picks up more hints of sourness along with bittersweet flavors not unlike an English Barleywine. Large doses of fruit and sugar line the middle of the tongue, and the beer finishes dry and strong with a complex mix of flavors: smoke, orange zest, toffee, caramel, toast, oak, vanilla, alcohol, and a drop of lime juice. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky and quite effervescent (though now it is creamy and slightly low on suds - because I swished it around the glass a lot, hoping that lowering the carbonation might lower the strange acidity in the flavor). Overall, not bad - the aroma and appearance are very alluring, but the flavor doesnít quite live up to it. The acid bite just tastes a bit off to me - perhaps this bottle belonged to a poorly handled case...
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 750ml bottle, aged about one year. Pours a dark, cloudy, nearly opaque chestnut body. A massive, spongy, cream colored head shows nice retention, settling to a thin film only after about 10 minutes. A minimal, spotty, sudsy lacing dots the glass. The aroma is nothing short of divine. It shows a complex blend of lightly toasted caramel, nougat, heavy cream, hazelnuts, oak, and heaps of vanilla. The nose resembles a well crafted English barleywine blended with a strong Belgian. The flavor is similar, and very solid, though a bit sweet. Caramel blends with faint hints of coffee and chocolate on the tongue. An oaky, woodsy earthiness is present throughout, with vanilla making a strong push for top billing. Hazelnuts also play a strong role. Medium-full bodied, smooth, and just a little sticky. This is a damn fine brew. Considerably better than the Nocturnum. I would bet that a year of aging has done this one well.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured draft at Old Capitol Brew Works (Iowa City, IA) in a tulip glass. Color is brown with an occasional red or cranberry undertone. Nice head that seems to be ivory white. Smell is pleasant. Hoppy but more more mellow than itís counterpart. Infact, this beer should be called "A much more mellow inviting version of our tremens". Upon taste I know one thing: I really enjoy it. Extremely mellow and smooth. Nice hop profile but much less harsh and acidic (Albeit, still acidic in areas) than a Tremens. Nice malt, some sort of berry, and some other spices. Trois Pistoles similiarities, but not nearly as good as one. A nice Belgian. Will / would drink again.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a short off-white head. Dense aroma of malt, cherries, corriander, and dried fruit. Pleasant, velvet mouthfeel. Smooth flavors of candi sugar, malt, nutmeg/cinnamon spice, and alcohol. Definietly a winter warmer.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2007 To tell you the truth.....a little disappointed. Has a little too much of a lambic taste for me. Not what I was expecting.
MagnusVMagnum (48) - USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outstanding. Simply outstanding. Itís only a shame that itís hard to find this beer off season. It reminds me a lot of Rochefort Trappistes 10, only considerably cheaper (and itís not cheap).