brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks tasty! Brown with some amber leanings, and reasonably long lasting lite brwon head. Has a very lite spicy aroma with maybe clove or cinnamon, malty. Taste was spicy (bananna or clove or something) and sweet. Alcohol notes are very noticable but nice a warming. Works for a chrismas beer, I think. Also a bit flowery and sour.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5658) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 I am afraid I am one of those people who just "donít get" this brewer. I have not been very impressed with any of the Delirium line. I had not tried this one so I ordered it. Sampled on draft at the Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh this beer poured a caramel color with a small white head. The aroma was sweet, fruity and somewhat flowery. The flavor was sweet, fruity and flowery - almost perfume like. Perhaps rose petal. The perfume like element I have found in all of the Delirium beers - and is perhaps why I am not so fond of them. I liked this one better than the others though.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had it on draft. A good belgian ale. Nicely spiced and sweet. Definitly some noticable alcohol, especially in the end. Also a slight hop presence. A very respectable beer.
badgerben (4650) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color with a medium head. Nutmeg and cinnamon laced aroma. Orange flavor with a bit of yeast in the middle. A bit of malt and spices as well. Very nice!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt Orange Coloring With Sandy Head. Citrus, Yeast Aroma. Citrus Flavor..Yeast, Bread Dough, Coriander. Good Warming and Malt Notes. Another Nice Belgian From Delirium!
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
malty aroma with mainly fruit notes. which was mainly banana with a slight hint of alcohol. flavour was mostly malts bread-fruit-alcohol. A nice warm feel to it. Poured a brown color with a small off-white head which faded down to a barley nothing. good.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bottle at N 3rd. Slightly effervescent hazy boozy and fruity brown ale. No head; ;no lace; but nevertheless an extra appearance point for the label. Aroma and flavors of pears, grapes, and apples; crisp, dry, and fruity. I just prefer fizzier beers with more head and lace.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 vintage, 750ml bottle. Huge, sweet, fruity, spicy aroma, plenty of brown sugar and toasty malt with lighter notes of cinnamon, allspice, apple, berry, raisin, doughy yeast and wafts of peppery alcohol. Deep garnet in color, some hazy particles drifting about with a lasting, creamy, ivory head and patchwork lacing. Flavor profile is substantially malty and sweet, plenty of brown sugar throughout. Finish is long and lightly acidic with a burst of yeast esters and spice. Mouthfeel is lightly syrupy and thick, some creamy effervescence, body is undoubtedly quite full. Nice. Better than the Tremens or Nocturnum, and for some reason just really made for a pleasant experience tonight. Satisfying, as it were.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Vintage 2002
For some reason this beer did not come into Florida last Winter, but I managed to find and then hold onto a bottle of the previous years release.
D-Noel pours a dark mahogany colored body with a thick dollop of light tan head. The aroma and flavor are bursting with robust notes of caramel and toffee, then a deranged orchard of , apricot, plums, dates, apples and pearsÖ. I wonder if anybody has a garden with all 5 of these fruits in them? There is a large presence of sweet, toasty and robust malt, as well as a nice toasted bready-ness that sits aside a thick overflowing scoop of toasty molasses. Also finding a big nutty, lightly smoky, a bit yeasty and a slight spiced-cider like note and dryness in the finish. This is a rather enjoyable and surprisingly complex brew.
Iíve had this years 2004 release, and I feel that the extra time in the cellar really helped facilitate the roundness and complexities in this beer. The time really pulls forth an almost black peppery and leathery flavor, which I enjoy. This Holliday Ale has been far more pleasing than I had anticipated!
jercraigs (8781) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Prespa in Buffalo. Rudolf and I showed our great math skills spending $6 each for two glass of the beer we had put back on the shelf at Premier because it was $8.99 a bottle. LOL. Served far too cold, had to wait for it to warm up. Ruby amber body, with a small white head. Touch of solventy alcohol in the aroma. Sweet malt, but not much coming through in the aroma. Sweet malty flavour with some sugary Belgian character. Very fruity at times. Medium to full bodied. (3+)