Frank (2306) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark garnet, big foamy head and a bunch of lace. Nose is of cloves and bananas. Smooth and lightly oily. Nice and spicy and slightly citric. A tad too sweet but no major complaints.
bierkoning (9757) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Big creamy head. Malty aroma with a hint of red berries. Alcoholic and sharp. Malty flavor with apples and red berries. Nutty bitter aftertaste. I really don't understand the high ratings. The beer isn't well balanced at all. The alcohol dominates.
Appletart (10) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
If Christmas smelled like beer instead of those nasty trees, I'd choose this one to represent. At first sniff I'm under the impression it may be a bit sweet, let's hope not. A gorgeous, warm, opaque brown. Nice, smooth, foamy head. Mmmmmm...bubbly! Not sweet! Yay!!! I've never eaten a leaf before but I'd say that's the closest thing to fresh, green leaves I've ever had. I can't get enough of these strong Belgian ales. Thanx Santa. Between the pink elephants dragging Santa's fat ass around the rainbow earth on the bottle and the 9% I'm a bit delerious myself. I recommend the 750ml.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Creamy woody brown red/cedar colour. Full doughy aroma with loads of berries and nuts. Caramel soaked dough, like bread pudding, but instead of burboun I get a maltier alcohol with a background of nutmeg and other spices. Solid and full.
DrnkMcDermott (2738) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft, at the Map Room, Chicago. Dark body that “glows” with brown highlights around the edges. Slightly minty taste like a root beer, then a little bit of fruitiness. Finally resolves to a winey taste at the end. Complex brew that you don’t realize is overpowering you until it’s too late.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light brown-amber coloured beer. Weak alcohol aroma. Sweet, malty and spicy taste. Quite an ok Christmas beer.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mahogany with a thin white foamy head with some spotty. Doughy nose, some malts, a bit of yeast blend together nicely. Some hints of fruit in there, a bit of coriander. Lots of spice in the flavor, coriander mostly, a hint of the yeast/dough in there as well. Full bodied, finishing off with a bit of hops. Nice seasonal Belgian.
skortila (4312) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeasty, fruity and sweet aroma, reminded me of the rochefort. Not as great though. Brown, cloudy coloured, lasting thin head. Sweet and malty flavour; spicy. Decent brew.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near rudy color with a tall off white head and sheets of lace. Strong nose of yeast, dark fruit and touch of licorice. Sweet earthy malt flavors with undertones of dark fruits and dry yeast. Acidic in the finish. Not as clean as the DTs.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
smells yeasty and musty. kind of like a slightly roasted, subdued chimay.