sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl. bottle. Poured a cloudy dark orange with a frothy almond colored head. Kind of a fruitcake aroma--dried berries and candied peel with some underlying maltiness and spices. Moderately sweet flavor of caramel/toffee malts with dried fruits and herbal notes, and a bit of spice. Off-dry finish. Nice flavors in this, nothing over the top. Pretty good.
thornecb (4308) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber into a tulip. Offwhite head recedes to skim surface. Fruity caramel and spices from front to back.
Jerre (2364) - Waregem, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 33 cl. (first @ Kerstbierfestival,
yesterday again @ De Heerlijkheid)
Copper - orange color with a off-white head. Aroma yeast, fruits spice. Medium tot full body. Taste = fruits, spice, yeast and hops.
thebeertourist (4761) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at 13e Kerstbierfestival, Essen. Slightly yellowish copper colour with a rather small head. sweet and fruity aroma. Flavours range from vegetables with some spices thrown in for good measure and a dry finish. Points for originality rather than craftmanship.
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught@Kerstbierfestival 2007, Essen) Hazy dark amber with a smallish head. Lots of anise in the nose, very herby-medicinal, but nice. Herby-anisey flavor with hints of alcohol. Medium-bodied, quite thin palate with low carbonation. Spicy, but flavor- and palatewise not that special.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Hazy reddish brown coloured. Very yeasty aroma with notes of caramel and ripe fruits. Sweet yeasty flavour. Standard Belgian ale.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 3, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours with a murkish brown color. Aromas of spices and some yeastiness. Flavor is patently weird: it finishes with this weird astringency, almost like cough syrup. Initial flavor profile is ok, with some caramel, but the finish is off. I may have to rerate after having a second bottle.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Aroma is yeast and Belgian sugar with sweet malts and hops to balance. Large off-white foamy head that remains and leaves good lace. Dark brown amber hue with a fair amount of tiny particles and sparkling carbonation. Flavor is earthy yeast, spicy sweet malt and a crisp finish. Palate is light-medium body with a lively carbonation and a little alcohol on the finish. An ok brew but overall it’s average or a little below.