FatPhil (10992) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle - - Gallows Bird, Espoo
Beautiful deep red, luscious thick self-supporting creamy head. Rich mämmi and raisin aroma. Soft carbonation on the tongue. Initial spicy taste, but quickly a wave of very dry nuttiness - so dry it is almost papery. Aroma also shows the spice. A curious combination of the sweet, smooth, and sticky with the drying. Pleasant nutty finish. Covers 8.8% very well. Scores fairly well everywhere, but does not wow me. Definitely pretty good, just no wow.
mjs (5364) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Hilpeä Hauki, Helsinki, on 2008-11-14. Deep amber and clear. Cherry aromas and port wine in nose. Full bodied, sticky and sugary palate with little carbonation. Sweetness, roastedness, nuts, hint of chocolate and some raisin in taste. Sugary aftertaste.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours very dark brown with a thin light tan/off white head. The aroma is pleasant. Honey, dark malt, licorice, and a little bit of alcohol. The mouth starts creamy with a light sweet malt background, that turns slightly bitter with some dark fruit and spice in the finish. Light alcohol burn as it warms. Nice stuff!
Svesse (6967) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm) Dark reddish brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty nose with dark fruit, raisins, prunes and cherries. Slightly vinous. Malty taste with caramel, dark fruit, cherries, prunes, chocolate and a fairly spicy finish. Above medium body, chewy mouthfeel, fairly sweet. Not really complex, but nice and tasty with a warming alcohol glow at the back. In short: chocolatey, spicy and sweet malt with dried fruits.
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thorups, Aarhus, DK.
On tap, 211108.
Reddish brown with small head. Aroma of fruit and som malt. Flavor is sweet with red berries and some caramel
Geuzelambix (243) - København, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I beer that doesn’t hadle the alcohol very well. The taste is nice, but it’s partly overshadowed by the intense sweetness of the alcohol. Packed with pointy spices.
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle, dark red brown, fruity, roasted barley and malt, i belive there is a touche of gluwein taste
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Firm toasted malts harbor sweetened dried fruit in a balanced setting where sustained hop bitterness installs its leafiness for the long run.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Sturdy foam covers the apparently clear(?!) orange-tinged blood red.
-The nose is tamer and more linear than the flavor profile, which appears more expressive, but also more complex.
-The comfortable effervescence and levelled dextrins provide a well-sculpted mouthfeel.
-This is not nearly as spicy as most Belgian Kerstbiers.
-A discreet alcohol presence lets all other flavors shine.
-Some minerals seem to accompany the toastiness and light roastiness, especially in the nose.
-The sweet fruitiness is redolent of licorice, but not overly so.
Bottle; no date notched.
ghawener (1527) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At RateBeerians Tasting, thanks to rcasta. Bottle: Nice marriage between a dopple bock and a belgian ale. Fruity and heart warming.
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to rcasta who brought it all the way from Porto Portugal. Great Ale, pours a dark brown with a tan head. Sweet and spicy, warms up your stomach.