Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin foam head with just a little carbonation. I expected much more head and effervescence from this brew. Caramel, apricots and a bit of spices round out a great aroma. Murky orange/mahagony in color. Damn this has a nice aroma. Flavor ainít to bad either. Slightly fizzy in the mouth. More apricots and dried fruit. Spicey and yeasty with a nice alcohol kick and warms nicly as it goes down. Very slight sour finish and is thick and coating. A very good belgian. Dang, this brew tastes good. Maybe it is because I just spent the last week in Puerto Rico where they have absolute $hit for beer. Ahhhh, it is good to be home.
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottling. Pours a dark amber brown with a bit of sediment. Aroma is malty and belgian and good. I really wish I could say the same for the flavor. The flavor is malty and solid, but the aftertaste really ramps up the flavor then releases into an alcohol flavor that isnít bad, but goes against the earlier flavor youíve enjoyed. Donít get me wrong, this isnít a bad beer and I would drink it again, and Iím also holding a lot of the Belgian beers to a higher standard then American Microbrews, but there are a few problems that could use some work. Possibly aging this might do the trick.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruddy orange with a loose, casual tan head. Citrus aroma with some star anise and alcohol. Citrus, malt, caramel and licorice in the flavor. Medium bodied with a hot alcohol finish. Some lingering earthiness on the tongue. Not bad but not great.
Trogdor (195) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
deep golden with a nice white, creamy head, low carbonation.
caramel, toffee and spicy alcohol dominate the aroma.
tastes like tremens with a more pronounced toffee flavour.
mouthfeel has that highly carbonated fizzy sensation on the tongue, soft at the back of the mouth with the ever-present alcohol spiciness that always accompanies a beer of this strength.
overall this is a very enjoyable beer that reveals more secrets as it warms in the palm of your hand, like a tremens that has been boiled longer to get a nice caramelised toffee flavour from the malt.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite a strong tasting ale. Pours out deep copper with little head. Reminds me somewhat of a barley wine with a good amout of hops. Not at all spiced as you might expect from a "Christmas beer." Would be good any time.
TerryR (383) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 bottle. Amber color with virtually no head. Aroma is a mix of spice, fruit and alcohol. Flavor starts very sweet and spicy. Fig and raisin flavors. Warming alcohol finish. Very nice, not great.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at San Diego Brewing Co. Amber in color with a medium head. Fruity aroma and a sweet/bitter flavor. Slightly alcohol aftertaste, but the 10% was just what I needed.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a medium amber color. Aromas and flavors were fruity. Picked up mostly peaches. Sweet malt, dark fruit, and some spice. Medium bodied. Not as complex as some of the other big name Belgian holiday beers.
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wanted something decent for my 300th listing. Canít say this is all my Christmases coming at once but itís a reasonably satisfying winter warmer. Poured the colour of Christmas pud, with a monstrous pillowy head that took an eternity to settle. Aroma of cloves, sultanas, figs - and yes, some Christmas pudding. Firm, syrupy body. Oodles of sweet dark malt up front, raisins, peppery alcohol and chocolate orange. The finish is all about warming alcohol, rather than hops but thatís hardly surprising, given the abv. Itís a touch too sweet and the alcohol is a little unintegrated. By the end of the bottle I had that Christmas Day feeling - Iíve had too much alcohol and sugar. (Bottle, branded "Delirium Christmas", best before Sep 2006)
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked and caged 750ml bottle pours a small tan head with a foggy copper body. Citrus and spice aroma. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, the initial palate is syrupy sweet with strong orange, clove, raisin and plum flavors developing mid-palate. An ordinary finish needs a splash more hops although the pleasant alcohol taste is just right. This is quite a lot like the standard Delirium Tremens.