JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translusent, bronze with a moderate white head. Aroma of cherry and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and fruity(did I mention cherries) and dry. There is no syrupy stickness here, but it does have an average body for the style. I guess I was expecting lots of Dark Belgian candi sugar and yeast(there was some yeast favors too), this was a pleasant surprise.
Choos (562) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is cherry & metallic. Slightly cloudy reddy brown. Big head that quickly gave way and left some lacing/bubble patches. Sugary sweet with hints of cherry and plum giving way to a sharp hoppy aftertaste. Noticeable alcohol. Nice mouthfeel & great carbonation not too heavy. Lovely!
My bottle has Delirium Christmas printed on the label but otherwise looks just like the label pictured.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Translucent dark brown/ruby color with very light head, lots of carbonation, and no lacing. The aroma is very rich with lots of dark malts and fruits; light calamata olives, fig, brown sugar & molasses. The alcohol presence is noted in both the nose and that taste, but is still very smooth upon drinking. The flavor is very rounded with a spicy creamy malt base topped by a blend of herbs/alcohol and finishes with the light hop bite. Belgian Strong Ales make the best christmas beers, especially when they're bottle conditioned belgian beers!
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yum, this smelled great right from the pour. Big grape and cherry aroma. Thin lacy head that faded quick. Sweet flavor with tons of fruit, can't put my finger on them all, but it was good overall.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 750 from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee pours an orange, red, and amber haze with very little head. Of note: there was little or no pop sound to the cork. The aroma is fruity, wine like, a slight touch of yeast and spice, and some alcohol warming. The flavor is woody, mild sweet sherry like, a bit dry, old hops, dry dark fruits, a candy sugar coating of the tongue, fairly "Belgian yeasty bread rising" notes, and a rich body that reminds me of some Barley Wines. Body also has a nice cleansing carbonation, which does not make sense since the bottle poured with little head and the bottle opened with little fanfare. Overall, I like the flavor, but I was expecting a more exciting appearance. This one is perhaps a year too old. It has lost some of the peaks in the flavor that I expected. I will re-rate as needed, but this one certainly passes. It is just a bit too old or not kept well. It still is a good rate, and a nice buzz.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous dark garnet hue, ruby-ish, really. with a very good, puffy, creamy head, slowly subdiding, leaving lace.
Aroma: big, fat sweetness, extra-large fruit, cherries, grapes, strawberries, apricots, with an added dose of sugar..I like it a lot!
Taste: wonderful hop appearance on the palate at first, slightly bitter, full of fruit, backed up with fantastic fruitiness, through the malt, perhaps. Every sip and gulp provides a glorious reward, fresh and delicious, with a tangy taste, sugary as all gets-out, but never too sweet, just enough, and ever-so-tasty. Full-body, nice finish, decent texture, ...I can't really ask for more from this brew, it pleases in so many ways. This yeasty , fruity delight is a truly appropriate guard against the abominable chill of a Minnesota January. If I may note, this bottle has been aged one year, at least, (hmmm, the cork says "2001"?0, and it tastes fantastic! Better than fresh? I wouldn't know...I'm just going to enjoy it, for now..Alcoholic content becomes more prevalent later on, and really kicks after the middle.
Happy Late January, Everyone!
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 bottle, Sampled January, 2004
This holiday beer pours a pretty amber-deep copper color that is quite striking in the light. It is topped by a thick tan head. It is well carbonated with bubbles escaping from the bottom of my glass in a frenzied stream. Smells lightly musty with dark fruit overtones that are accompanied by a slightly sharp spicy aroma. Tastes smooth and rich up front. A prickling carbonation coats the tongue as it slides down my throat. Finishes with a musty-yeasty-fusel type character which is a bit sharp. The fruitiness of this beer combines really well with the sweet-caramel-raisin dark malt character. This beer is dominated by the dark fruit character. It has a medium light body, which works well here. There is also some spice notes in this beer that remind me of coriander.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one pours a copper/red; thick head, perennial; spicy, fruity aroma; tastes quite sweet, syrupy with strong clove and spice tones; no hops flavor to speak of; feels rich and slilky on the tounge. Seems very drinkable for a 10 ABV.
A bit too heavy on the spice side for me, but good nonetheless.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance rating gets one full point for the incredible label art and nice painted bottle. Beer pours amber/ruby red with a big off white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is strongly candy sugar with some yeast and a dash of spice. Flavor is very nice with dried fruit on the front end, some wonderful yeast notes and a nice dry, spicy lingering finish. Very nice holiday beer. I think I am going to go back and pick up another one for my cellar.
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Compared to mother strong Belgian ales its fairs about average. Little white head, dark amber color and full spicy palate. Alcohol peaks through slightly.