DrSilverworm (6946) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, thanks to DanielCoor for sharing! Hazy amber red orange color. Thin khaki head. Couple loose ropes of lace. Smooth, soft, lighter carbonation. Pretty nice texture, nicer than expected... Kind of creamy. More dry finish. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of creamy lighter carbonation. Good creme, dark fruit, light flavor. Some light red candy flavor. Pretty damn nice belgian noel. Good earthy hop to it. Light sweet taste, light sweet bite, good bitterness. Nice stuff.
puboflyons (2224) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the green, corked 750 ml. bottle. Hazy bronze-amber pour leading up to a lingering off-white or cream colored head. This has had a few months to age. Toasted dark malts, pear, apple, and a touch of spice on the aroma. Maybe some booze but not overpowering in that sense. Medium to full body. Belgium - here I come. Yup. In the taste I get roasted biscuit malts, yeast, low profile Belgian sugar sweetness, a little clove, and a lingering bitterness. Dry finish too. Not necessarily worth paying $12 for the bottle but still enjoyable.
Bule (865) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours a light browny red color without much head. Lots of caramel flavor, mild overall.
PriorL (1989) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle. Shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: clouded dark blond beer, small unstable off white head.
NOSE: herbs, hoppy, caramel.
TASTE: herbs, hoppy, decent.
beastmaster (332) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour comes static brown. White head. Aroma coriander, honey, peppar, and caramel. Sweet, medium body Christmas belgian. Honey, toffee, vanilla and malt.
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tipples. Giving Fantome one last chance after nothing but infected bandaids. Bottle is corked and capped. Pours very dark red with a creamy one finger off white head that stays on for a good while. Aroma of hay, grassy and lemony hops, some other floral aromatics, more farmhouse funky yeast and some light spice. Flavor is sweet up front with some brown sugar and plums but balanced by some grassy hops and funky yeast. There is light spice to this as well. This is like a Belgian Strong Dark that somehow is light and funky like a Saison. A really really interesting and unique flavor profile. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation and pretty easy drinking, but also sweet enough to be happy with a small bit. This redeems past failures for sure. What a beautifully crafted brew.
conway (1628) - - FEB 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark reddish copper with a thick off white head. Aroma is smoked malt, pepper and dark fruit. Taste follows and adds honey, caramel, apple and pear. Medium mouthfeel, slightly syrupy with spritzy carbonation. Deep, complex and tasty.
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours like cola. Aroma is spices, a bit funky, maybe some floral notes. Taste is mildy bitter, spice, sweet then a bit funky then rounds back out to bitter. Its a weird brew,, but pretty good.
vlan1 (203) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a hazy iced tea color with foamy white head that hangs around for a bit. Aroma of yeast spices and a bit of roast malt. Taste is gingery with some other spices I can’t pick out. Roasty malt notes along withfaint yeast funkiness.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours dark cola, three finger khaki head
Smell coco and roast, ester and belgian yeast
Taste sweet, roasty ash, bitter sweet ground coco,
Mid body, astringent.
Not a winner