JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Pretty aged sample). Very dark brown; creamy, cream-coloured full head. Biscuity nose, malt syrup, dark malts, nutty, licorice. Extreme licorice-flavour, like liquified "jap". Retronasal very fruity flavours; figs, pear syrup. Full-bodied, bit sticky, meaty ('bouillon'). Faint malt bitterness in the aftertaste, but the main stamp remains full sweetness. Aged, it's nice. The agressive roasted bitterness of the young beer is gone, and it's more true to the given style. My bottle says 8.8%ABV, however.
SteC (131) - Oostende, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has a good aroma, sweet-fruity, and a nice head. Unfortunately, something wich starts as a good beer gets very boring when you tast this one. It isq a good beer, but not an excellent one.
bierkoning (9549) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma has porto, roasted malt and coffee. Full bodied. Caramel, coffee, apple, some roasted malt and dark chocolate in the flavor. Thick and loads of flavor. Long bitter chocolate finish.
diabel (1589) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Bottled Deep black body. Rocky, lightly brown head. Nose of malts: coffee, straw, molasses, ... with some liquor. Malty flavour (moderately bitter, moderately sweet) of coffee and fruits (raspberry, ...). Quite complex flavour. Well balanced, interesting but not extravagant.
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby red colour, good, creamy and lasting head. Delicate aroma with just some hints of caramel and malts. The flavour is sweet, with good traces of burnt sugar, chocolate, liquorice and cherry. The sweetness is well balanced by the bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear auburn. Light maple creamy foam with marvelous stickiness. Rrefined, yet mild aroma of wood notes, earthy hop, faint vanilla, lightly toasted grain, licorice, and cola. Starts thin on the palate but quickly turns creamy with a late rush of tiny bubbles. Maple flavors are accompanied by traces of licorice and subtle chocolate while hop bitters tease you before the long toasted, bready finish. Notable acidity. Well masked alcohol. A sophisticated seaonal sipper.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear red-brown body with minimal head. Aroma is cherry, slightly sweet. Taste is cherry coke-ish and unimpressive.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JAN 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012
2012-12-02, bottle from Tonneau Verre, Yverdon-les-Bains, 8.8% ABV
bb 10.11.12, maybe a couple years old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
It pours a clean dark brown color, with generous beige creamy head, and nice lace. It’s a good malty brew, with caramel accents, perfectly mature, with a delicate nuttiness; quite sweet but balanced, with correct bitterness.
2007-11-20, draught at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Mahogany color with red hue. It has a bit soapy aroma and some rhubarb, with good caramel flavor; light roasted malt, chocolate and rhubarb. The bitterness is a bit above its ordinary level. Balanced, very good!
2006-11-27, draught at Den Tatoverede Enke, Vintage 2003, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Beautiful dark amber color; thick head. The aroma shows some age and some alcohol. What the aroma lost, the taste gained, in complexity: malt, caramel, Madeira wine, candy, Caribbean rum…
2003-01-21, bottle, 2-4-8-4-15=33
Dark color, beautiful head. Unpleasant aroma: cardboard, wet paper… Strong malty body, sweet, well balanced only at the end, with a sharp caramel character (and some hop).
Not complex, but robust, sweet Christmas beer.
SilkTork (5011) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Godfather of Christmas Ale!
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a superb dark brown colour with a very nice head. It has a very (almost too) deep aroma of caramel, cream, butter and mocha. The flavour lacks of specificity and is a little bit flat. The finish is pleasant with a nice bitterness. A good beer but unbalanced between aroma and flavour.