Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Deep brown colouration, with a small head. Nice aroma of marzipan and fruit cake. Rich, spicy taste - sweet but not cloying. Overall, a good Christmas ale. Love the old-school label as well!
Bontus (634) - Flanders, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Bottle. poured, very dark, only a little ruby shade in it. Nice beige head. Nose aroma’s are sweetness and yeast.
Aroma’s of liquorice, other candy, cloves, cinnamon, anise & burnt fruits. Bitter aftertaste.
Not too special, nice design though.
Embrouille (2827) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2009 Bottled 33cl. 8.8 ABV. It pours a beautiful red beer with a nice light beige head. The nose is of raisin, caramel, cherry, berries and oak with some stuffy sitting room-like elements. Hints of dark chocolate and sorbet. Brown sugar, marshmallows, licorice and cherries in the taste. Decent lacing. Salty and slightly cloying. Spicier than the rest of the Gordon beers. Some rum-like elements. Quite a lot of cherries before a incredible salty finish with hints of fennel. An interesting beer with a nice label. Rerate: Apparent fennel, caramel, cherries, cinnamon and oak in both aroma and taste. Rather woody indeed.
JoeinDahlem (1326) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is such a cool time of year to live in Belgium, what with these holiday beers. You’ve gotta love the snowy pattern on the red cap foil. 33 cL enjoyed at home... Pours ruddy brown with ruby highlights, cream-colored head recedes to a frothy film. Cherries, dark chocolate and spices are swirling around in that aroma. Tastes only mildly sweet in a way that seems restrained for a Belgian, with an overly clean layer of bitterness that nonetheless offers balance and lasts. Maybe a touch clean and metallic, but still interesting. Average carbonation. More dry, hoppy character than I expected, yet warming... not bad at all.
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel.
My 300th Belgian beer!!
Poured in my Trappist glass. A clear dark raisin-brown colour with a steady, creamy off-white head on top. Medium lacing. Aroma has slight roasted caramel, Belgian sugars and slight port. Nice, well-rounded mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet with a definite malty presence, bread, biscuit, caramel and burnt tones. Finish is relatively vinious with a peppery bitterness at the far end. Very warming sensation, really soothing a sore throat, I have.
Laegraid (37) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted 22. Nov -07. Had a sweet almost burnt aroma. I thought I could detect some hay like characteristic. The flavor disappointed a bit: It was thinner than I thought when smelling the beer, but had some spices and pepper.
MPA (800) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (cell phone rating). Dark amber, off white head. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, caramel, some alcohol and some metal. Flavour is sweet brown and candied sugar, roasted malt with a burnt bitterness in the end.
Dedollewaitor (13923) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a great creamy white head. Mild aroma - light sweet & dried fruits, malts, caramel & sugar. Full bodied - very soft & sweet flavor of roasted malts - caramel/coffee & some brown sugar. Very nice!
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 8.8%. BB 2003, 4 years ago. Slightly earthy aroma. Dark brown colour. The flavour is also quite earthy, with some sweet malt and a hint of pepper. Finishes with a little rough bitterness. Too old for me.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/3/05. 330ml. Belgianshop. Beer bottle brown with minimal brown head. Malty sweet aroma. Nice sweet upfront with some alcohol harshness at the end. Not as good as bush noel.