NikkTwist (965) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Slightly hazy dark orange amber with a fizzy white head. Lots of lace. Feels like a vanilla caramel Saison. Dark floral notes. Chocolate thyme. Raisin sage. Sugar plums. Subtle chocolate caramel flavors. Sugared red fruits. Bittersweet spicy dry finish. Very nice.
ekstedt (4590) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (33 cl) from beerplanet.be. Clear copper, large off-white head. Strong spicy aroma with some nutty and fruity anotes. Meidum bodied, moussy carbonation. Seni dry, low to medium bitterness.
dbingham (68) - - DEC 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with an audible fiz like a coke. Medium bodied. Cherries and prunes in the aroma and taste. Not as much booze as I was expecting for an 8.5% beer.
ScoWRee (351) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a merkey golden color with a bubbley white head. Aroma of wheat. Taste is crisp and carbonated. Not much flavor. High on alcohol, low on flavor!
superspak (1534) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy red orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, pear, clove, allspice, ginger, tea, cinnamon, molasses, bread, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of raisin, toast, biscuit, caramel, molasses, clove, ginger, earth, nuttiness, tea, allspice, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, nuttiness, ginger, tea, herbal, and clove on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of flavors; nice balance of malt and holiday spice flavors; zero cloying on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian spiced beer. Nice spice/malt balance and complexity; very smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable and unique offering.
kayres (221) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Bit of an apple aroma. Smooth sweet flavor fruity but muddled. Light to medium bodied bit yeasty
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
KnutAlbert (5206) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Botle from BarleyWine.
Spicy, Christmas pudding flavours. Rich malt, some yeast. Pleasant, but not outstanding.
jmagnus87 (1450) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle poured into a shaker. Aroma of caramel malt and a little mint. Pours a hazy dark brown with about a half finger of off-white head. Taste is light bitter and light sweet. Caramel and mint with some roasty malt. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not bad. Nothing I would seek out but I’ll enjoy this one.
j12601 (5716) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Hell of an unexpected gusher. Pours a hazy brown with a thin to medium sized off white head. Plums and fruit on the nose. Oxidization, old fruit, cleaning products and cinnamon. Medium bodied, more plum and cleaning chemicals. Tastes like old expired cough medicine with spices. Ugh. Finishes up with more burnt spices, old fruit and more unpleasantness.
Travlr (8186) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, clove. Taste is sweet raw brown bread, raisins, light spice. Not bad.
Earlier Rating: 12/16/2009 Total Score: 4.4
Bottle courtesy of Greg Engert at Churchkey.
Chestnut/amber color with a large white head, long-lasting, with great lacing.
Subtle aroma of spice, maybe cinnamon and nutmeg.
Flavor begins with light mixed winter spice, then grass, then malt, then pumpernickel bread, and finishes with a faint bitter edge. Nicely complex.
My second favorite Christmas beer of the 2009 season so far, very nice indeed.