OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml served in a Prairie teku
A - Pours a cloudy dark brown/amber with a 1 finger off-white head.
S - Brown sugar, figs, dates, banana bread, raisins, faint spiciness, tangy fruit esters, over ripened grapes. Candy malt and orange aroma grows as it warms.
T - Oxidation is the first thing I notice, phenolic mineral/metallic notes, tangy vinous fruit, herbal hop bitterness, orange alcohol, finishes with spicy alcohol.
M - Slow building carbonation goes from creamy to prickly, heavy side of medium body, alcohol on the finish.
The nose was very nice on this but the flavor had some odd stuff going on. Lots of oxidation and the alcohol paired with the herbal notes was not what I would call tasty. This is a one and done for me.
Serving type: bottle
SlovakSniper (3892) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corps qui tire vers le rouge ou orange foncé avec une généreuse mousse. Le nez est pleinement malté. Je perçois aussi de la gomme à bulles, des oranges, des cerises, du massepain. Le goût va dans le même sens. Je m’attendais à des épices mais il est difficile pour moi d’y reconnaître un tel signe tant les céréales sont fruités. Au palais, le corps est moyen-fort et l’effervescence contrôlée. Agréable texture crémeuse. En finale, c’est bien malté et fruité avec une touche appropriée d’alcool.
Linnet (1305) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeasty, malty, corn, wheat, jam, marmalade, alcohol, grassy hops, ruby colour, medium beige head, lacing, heavy sweetness, lightly bitter, warming, fullbodied, fizzy carbonation, warming finish.
TorbenJensen (488) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Noël is a nice frothy ale with delicious aroma of lime, sweet berries and maybe a little marzipan. The taste varies over many different shades, indefinite fruit, light caramel, pine needles and a touch of bitterness that may remind me of the resin found in the Greek white wines ’Retsina’. Everything is fine composed of a harmony that is very vinous, reminiscent both of fruit beers, triple and strong ale. The alcohol tasted obvious, but is not destructive to the edge. Towards the end felt a little hop bitterness, which quickly dominated by a fruity acidity that puts long sentence for a wonderful ale.
Darkmagus82 (2003) - - JUL 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance- Served a clear mahogany colored brew with a two finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a thin film and very little lacing.
Smell- The smell is full of sweet smells of a darker fruit nature as well as a sugary aroma. The darker fruits are mainly cherry and plum in nature while the sugary smell has a somewhat candy like aroma. Mixed with these are lighter smells of some citrus as well as a yeasty smell. In accord with this being a Noel brew, there are also some notes of a spice aroma, although these are rather light.
Taste – The taste begins with the fruit(mostly cherry and plum) that was detected in the nose. With this is some caramel sweetness as well as a light candy flavor. Some spices and yeast then come to the tongue with the sweet lessening up to some degree and a very light biscuit flavor entering the taste. While this is occurring an alcohol flavor, which is light at first, also begins building. As the taste builds to the end a moderate brandy flavor is left on the tongue, which mingles well with the fruity and sugary flavors and leaves a warming sweet taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the somewhat creamier side with a carbonation level that is a bit above normal. The carbonation is quite “peppery” with the bubbles tingling the tongue as they pop. This when combined with the creamy body give a rather exciting, but yet at the same time soothing feel.
Overall- A quite tasty and enjoyable Belgian strong. It has a somewhat complex but very enjoyable taste with a feel that complements the flavors and alcohol nicely.
alexsdad06 (7025) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from notes. Pours a hazy amber brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, brown sugar, candied fruit, holiday spices, some alcohol, raisins, fig, nutmeg, some boozy notes with the flavor, but overall this is a pretty decent offering.
drmet (269) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
-very reminiscent of mulled wine
-alcohol coming through,giving it a "nutmeg character
very fine beer,perfect for cold winter nights
nickel (615) - - MAY 23, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Explosive aroma of spices balanced by fruits notes and polished by scent of flowers. Taste of oranges, caramel, malt. Slightly sour. Long lasting fruit-n-spicy aftertaste
minutemat (2496) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours deep rosy red with medium white head. Spicy, fruity aroma. Taste is fruity, malty and lightly spicy. One of the better Christmas beers.
josanguapo (256) - SPAIN - APR 26, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2015 Compra: www.cervezasespeciales.com.
Opinión: Genial. Aunque sigo prefiriendo la delirium normal. Cuidado que se sube y no te das ni cuenta!
Franckg (463) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Robe brune tirant sur le orange, trouble, quelques particules en suspension et une mousse blanchâtre enveloppe le liquide tout le long de la dégustation. Arômes très maltées, épices, caramel, crème brûlée, cendre, citron. En gros, on dirait un amalgame de différentes choses qui ne s’agencent pas très bien. En bouche, un certain équilibre s’installe. Les saveurs sucrées prennent le dessus. Caramel, compote de pommes, dattes. Le tout entourés de levures épicées. Finale brève, sèche et sucrée.