NewYawker (15) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet caramel with some alcohol in the aroma. the color is yellowish, but with copper edges. Taste is thick, sweet to syrupy and strong of alcohol. Not great, but OK for Belgian.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty sweet with some hints of fruit (cherries?) and a warming sensation of alcohol. A bit syrupy like a port or sherry with low carbonation.
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2004 2004-06-04, Keg, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Dark amber color, ruby; creamy head. Can really smell all the 5 spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, Ö). Malty, velvety, spicy: wonderful Xmas treat!
2004-02-22, Bottle, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Dark amber color; creamy head. Aroma dominated by the caramel, with a light feeling of ammonia. Quite sweet, and a lot of caramel, a quite good Christmas beer, but missing some complexity. Thanks Jens (Ungstrup) for this bottle.
Lubiere (10549) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of sour apples, spice, yeast and bubble gum. Nice spicy notes with sharp bitterness comming out clearly. Some citrus. Metallic aftertaste in the end.
diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 Deep brown body. Brownish, fastly diminishing head, Fairly lacing. Malty (roasted) and spicy aroma. Also a lightly alcoholic aroma.
Lighty bitter - sweet flavour. Long bitter finish. Alcohol-dry palate.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smelled great, so many good things in there. But I was overwhelmed by the flavor. As stated before, there was a certain perfume flavor that I couldn't get over.
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark with small head. Sweet, perfumy, fruity, lightly spicy. Full. Complex.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost opaque brown color with a small tan head. Decent lacing. Mild aroma...malty sweet and fruity. Flavor is sweet...very sweet. Earthy. Body is rich and thick. Spicy aftertaste as well. The 10% is well masked. Pretty darn good.
Aubrey (3454) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big, Belgian candy sweetness, with big notes of spice, orange, banana, and some herbs and veggies even. A little sourness and bitterness balanced things out.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Estery, dried fruit, yeast, cocoa nose. Very attractive ruby-brown hue. Steady carbonation. Slight sourness, woody notes, cherry, dark chocolate, medicinal, spice, dried apricot, medium body, finishing long, lingering fruit, dryness, and subtle hop/spice usage...Alcohol is very well hidden in my opinion. I bet this will do well with some age. Very nice, an incredible Holiday beer. A must try!