HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Besides the silly label this is a solid winter beer. A good balance of spice and sugar. Will satisfy you on a cold night.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Amber appearance. Big white head. Very fruity aroma. Flavour is sour and metallic. Huge amounts of yeast in the finish. Not a pleasant beer. Too sticky and too sweet.
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
New arrival in Iowa. The body is a medium red that is also kind liek copper. The head dies down quickly and was slightly off white with some khaki coloring. The aroa is really boozy with some toffee and a little bit of ginger. There is also a hint of hard cinnamon candy. The taste is rich with some fruity cherries and a little bit of cinnamon. There is also a hint of plums. Highly carbonated moutfeel that is almost too sharp. A nice Christmas brew.
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - DEC 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber color with a huge brown head that quickly disappears. fruity, malty aroma with a hint of sweet spice. alcohol is present but not overwhelming. full bodied.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle. Pours clear, dark brown with a ruby tint. Head is scattered and off-white. Aroma is ripe dark fruit with some leather and pepper. Flavor is just on the sweet side of balanced, vinous with some wood, alcohol, and plum. Full-bodied, warming and well-carbonated. An enjoyable beer to sip.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 Bottle. Slightly hazy garnet/amber pour with ruby highlites under a tall but quickly dimishing tan head. Nice lacing. Sweet and mildly spicy aroma of over-ripe summer fruits, a touch of nutmeg, coriander, pepper and malt. Very well balanced and strongly malty flavor with less sweetness than expected but with a nice warming combination of toasted biscuit, anise, cocoa and yeast. Just a mild kick of alcohol rounded out the flavors. Full and creamy mouthfeel with a pleasant prickle of carbonation and a medium to long and sweet finish. This is a classic Belgian Winter/Holiday ale which will always be welcome on the Holiday shelf in my fridge!
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark cloudy amber color with a moderate lasting head that laced the glass beautifully. Aroma was spicy and sweet with earthy fruits. Flavor was earthy with a sweet toffy base and a plethora of earthy fruit such as plum and rasin finishing with a spicy kick. Medium/full bodied with a plesant mouth feel. Very warming in the belly but the alcohol was well hidden in the overall taste.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap, Sharp Edge, Creekhouse, Pgh, PA
Beautiful dark amber with a 1/2 thick creamy white head. Aroma was sweet like candy. First sip is full of flavors, licorice, malts, spices, and sugar. Medium body, nice mouthfeel, no real aftertaste to me, but the flavor did smooth out after the beer warmed a bit. I couldnít taste the alcohol at all, which is nice for a 10%.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 750 mL brown corked bottle purchased from Whole Foods, Deerfield, IL. ABV 10%. Hazy dark orange amber ale having an average-sized diminishing creamy off-white head with fair lacing. Aroma bouquet of toffee, fruity esters (prune?) and alcohol. Soft carbonation. Full bodied that starts with sharpness and mouth exploding flavors of slight sweet malt, fruit, and toffee. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness. A very delicious Belgium ale.
12/12/05 update insert. On tap at Firkinís, Libertyville, IL. Clear amber hued ale having a long-lasting large white head with good lacing. Nice aromas of fruity esters, banana, and spice. Medium bodied that starts with slight sweet malt, dried fruits, toffee, and spice flavors. Finishes dry with malt aftertaste. Notable alcoholic warmth. An excellent spicy Belgium ale for the winter holidays. Enjoyed on my birthday. Rating stays the same but I thought that the tap version was more aromatic and flavorful than bottled version.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft Poured amber-brown nice off white head not much lacing. Aromaís of malt, christmas spices and alcohol.Flavor was sweet, spicy with some cherry and flum flavors. Nicley balanced beer medium bodied but really packed a punch 2 glasses and I was feeling pretty good. Have had in bottle before I feel that draft had a more balanced feel to it.