Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
very good. i was very impressed. aroma that of corsendonk chritmas and tastes of it too. the only thing i like better about this than corsendonk is the high abv that is somewhat prevelant. a must try. the label kix ass by the way.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good and better than Nocturnum IMO. Not the best winter seasonal, but a damn good one to try.
ElGaucho (2044) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is reminiscent of a Belgian wheat. Wonderful reddish hue with yellow highlights. Frothy, thick, off-white head that is mostly lasting. 10% alcohol is very noticeable. Also, quite sweet. This brew is hard to drink with all that alcohol. Why they package it in a 18.5 oz bottle, I have no idea. My friend and I split the bottle and both poured most of it out. Not that it was bad, but with a long night ahead, and the tasting accomplished, I didnít want to put myself into a state of delirium! A brew to be sipped, and perhaps shared.
Nuffield (3362) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Classic Belgian dubbel appearance, wonderful bruin and attractive lacing. Requires some warming to release flavors, but still not particularly rich and flavorful--too strong of alcoholic and acidic overtones. Decent palate, satisfying in its alcohol warming, but not a brilliant beer in its style.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy red color with a quickly collapsing tan head. Aroma vinous, sweet, apples, yeast, caramelized sugar, bubblegum, and a little dusty/earthiness. There is a large presence of alcohol in the flavor. Sweet sugar flavors accompany the alcohol while a caramelized sugar twang entertains my tongue. No gaps on this one. Pretty solid.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma- spice and apple/plum. Color - copper hues and some purple. Didnt sit too well on my palate, almost tough to drink the last few sips. Tasted the alcohol, very drying on my throat. Could have been masked better. Overall, pretty decent.
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ah, now I am warm. A near perfect seasonal with a sweet punch that doesnít dominate or become cloying. Sherry, spice and a touch of bubblegum make this orangy hued beer a fun winner for the season.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong, balanced, and tasty. Nothing amazing though. This is one of those Belgian ales with a smorgasboard of somewhat discordant flavors and an alcohol burn. The strongest aromas and flavors are apples, pears, and spice, but surely a more experienced palate could isolate dozens of flavors. Certainly this beer isnít for regular drinking.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 A robust Christmas tree filled with candy canes, eclectic spices and gentle fieldberries...Brown sugar frost, pure alcohol shooters and coriander hints...At once sweet and sour, this is like a cross of Trois-Pistoles and Cheval Blancís Snoreau on the flavor profile, but with less class and an absence of organization...
ddipaolo (26) - USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent Belgian ale. Smooth, sweet, very aromatic. One of the best Iíve ever had.