jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@Home. Light spicy aroma with all kinds of dark dried fruits. Brown color with orange hue, huge beige head, good lace. Sweet, raisin, caramel, light bitter, jasmin. Thin for 8.5%. Ok but not exceptional.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (from BItter Virtue). Raisin and prune like fruits. Slightly sweet spiciness. Quite drinkable but not great.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby brown color with a huge off-white head. Pepper and vanilla cake in the aroma, nothing too distinct. Medium weight body, peppery spicy flavor that lingers, giving way to a sticky sweetness yet eventually dry finish. Moderately heavy alcohol presence. Maybe a little bland for the style, though it could pair well a meal.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy reddish brown pour with a thin white head. Boring aroma of spices, yeast and malt. The flavor feels a bit more alive than the aroma, spices, malt and yeast were detected. The body is medium with a creamy texture and medium carbonation.
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours turbid deep copper with 3-fingers of off-white head. Aroma is malty, with x-mas spices, floral hops, and some earthy fruit notes. Tastes rich, complex, with well balanced malt and x-mas spices accompanied by fruity and floral notes.
notalush (5222) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle with a different label - very cloudy amber beer, with loads of large suspended particles that kind of look like grains of sand floating around - aroma of tropical fruits (mango, orange), peels and all, along with strong candi sugar presence and a very mild acidity - fairly soft carbonation, with a much more mild sweetness than the aroma suggests - slight acidity, apparent yeastiness, some peppery qualities, hints of fruit rinds - the spicy/peppery quality builds and becomes quite strong in the finish - lingering yeasty/bready notes - quite nicely balanced, although the spices come on a little strong at times - tasty.
SaintMatty (5768) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml Bottle- Amber/copper coloured with a light tan head and lively carbonation. Spicy, fruity nose with raisins and other dried fruits. The taste has raisins, toffee and a hint of spice and is quite drinkable but is nothing special.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle. Deep amber-ruddy colour with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is lovely, soft rich toasted Belgian malt, a bit of soft tartness on the nose as well. Light plumminess and a bit of cherryish fruitiness. Even a bit of earthiness and light saisonish, cork notes. Great balance, some nice light tart fruitiness on the back. The tartness fades a bit as it warms and there is a soft plummy sweetness. Good balance and a lovely, tasty brew.
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
draught at Kerstbierfestival 2007: medium to dark copper with yellow highlights. Cream colored head doesn’t stick around too long. Aroma of yeast, tart fruits, somewhat earthy hops, and the usual spices. Caramel malt flavors with nutty notes, ambiguous mixed fruits, and yeast character. Some earthiness comes through in the finish. Not a bad beer but it lacks interest.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy dull orange/copper. Large off-white belgian head that diminishes moderately quick, but leaves plenty of lacing. For a 8.5% Belgian Christmas beer, this one takes life lightly. Its yeast is delicate, procuring soft pear esters while the clean malts offer a nutty milky brazil nut tang. No spiciness noticed outside an unconfident nutmeg/cinnamon character. Hops are a no show as well despite occasionnal mildly earthy/leafy touches. Still, while not dry, it never feels too sweet. Almost no bitterness, but the finish still fits the flavour development. No particular intense flavour seem to grow on, even as it becomes warm. It remains a pleasant drinking beer, but more for its texture than actual flavours. Creamy, soft texture and engaging gentle carbonation might be its best features.