jgb9348 (5679) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice dark brown coloured body with a dense off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and definitely some nuts. Medium-bodied; Spicey malt up front fades to nuts, alcohol later on. Aftertaste shows complexity - a nice deep spice plus some very potent pit fruit flavours. Overall, a good beer - nothing tremendous, but finding this in a little market in Bruxelles speaks volumes. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from a small little market off Ave. Louise in Bruxelles, Belgium on 01-January-2008.
Plovmand (7849) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl all red bottle. Dark brown color with a long lasting white head. Aroma og nuts and caramel and flavor is sweet fruit, dark caramel, chocolate and nuts. Feels very good in the mouth. A very nice beer indeed.
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with an off white head. The aroma has hints of berries and spices.The flavor has a nice sweetness complimented by a good bitter aftertaste. Really enjoyable.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Vintage 2005. Pours a clear deep mahogny colour with a nice creamy off-white head leaving a good lacing. Sweet caramel dark fruity aroma with molasses and alcohol. Good mouthfeel. Sweet roasty caramel flavour with yeast, lots of dark fruits, prunes, malt and some liquorice. Sweet well lasting dark fruity finish.
Fin (9582) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Onlyfineales.com This poured red/amber with an off-whire head, there was also quite a noticeable amount of carbonation. A slightly metallic nose like copper coins as Loz pointed out reminded one of a canned beer. Chewy soft fudge taste, nice and full bodied, a touch sweet but a very decent beer.
KimJohansen (10419) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle 2004] Dark brown with nice off white head. Sweet malty aroma with overripe fruits. Malty flavor with spices, brown sugar and toffee. Good balance.
Ethereal (2421) - 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 (754) - 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 (2835) - 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 (1454) - 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.