Garrold (1699) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Belgiuminabox. Cloudy, orangey amber. Film of white head. Toffee malts. Peppery spice. Ripe orange. Some spicy, dried herb. Very Fantome. Something like cinnamon, or nutmeg, or both in there. At the back of that, there’s a marzipan sweetness. Taste is sweet, then light dry. Light sourness, and light funkiness adds extra dimensions. Finishes bitter, dry, and light sour. Lovely.
Beergeek23322 (2467) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/14/2014. 750 ml. bottle. Murky brown with a white head. Chocolate, roasted malt and spicy aromas. Peppery flavors, anise, caramel, dried fruit with a long bitter finish.
hackobock (1705) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
November 17, 2014. Bottle at home. Pours red with a large and very frothy white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a small tiny ring. Aroma is caramel, orange, coriander, banana and clove. Taste is light sweet malty and candy sugar, light tart notes (resembling lingon berries), dry spicy bitter finish. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation.
gad905 (161) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RichTheVillan’s, 27/11/13. Pours dark, buff head. Sweet spicy aroma, tastes sweet christmas spices, touch of booze, some sharp wild acidity, dry finish, delicate balance.
MarcoDL (2376) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark beer, with a spicey aroma. Dry taste, with a taste of grassy yeast, forest herbs and some malt. Has too much alcohol, that wouldn’t be a problem if it’s hidden in the taste, but this doesn’t manage to do so. Still, an interesting beer.
Gerardgathier (351) - - NOV 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2014 This is too sweet, not as good as expected. Glucose aroma caramel yeasty taste
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
aenima (273) - Askim, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Complex aroma of funk, peppar, honey. The taste is also complex with honey, peppar and caramel. Dry finish.
hawthorne00 (2539) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber with a large ivory head. Aroma is fruity and peppery with some toasty notes as well as damp hay. Sweet with hay, autumnal fruit, sourish oranges. Warming but not overtly boozy - really wouldn’t guess 10%. Dry and fairly bitter finish with rosewater and woody cloves, pepper. And then right at the end, banana. Interesting, perhaps a little heavy.
slowrunner77 (6077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Darker and spiced a little differently than most saisons. A touch of chocolate, light holiday spices, farmhouse yeast and hops. Nicely balanced and tasty. Slightly over carbonated but otherwise really nice."
Muggus69 (1270) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL capped & corked Champagne bottle BB end of 2016
Deep orangey gold body with slight haze, holds a dense white foam.
Spicy aroma; pepper, coriander seed, nutmeg, cocoa, yellow raisins, banana, lychee(!?), bit of underlying funky sweat & barnyard,
Body is somewhat rich at first, drying out with warming alcohol & acidity, lively carbonation.
Plenty more spice on the body; woody herbs, peppercorns, biter orange peel, ripe fruits, dried fruits, firm woody bitterness with funky sweaty, horsey undertones.
An unusual and complex beer. Not sure what to make of it exactly, but certainly begs another sip.