kalervo (538) - FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good Belgian ale. Taste of anis and liquourice was really strong, almost overwhelming. Splitting a 33 cl bottle was friend was enough therefore.
Lore (624) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
brown colour with reddish notes; aroma of green apple, anise, caramel, slightly roasted malt and some alcohol; taste of caramellized malt, fruits, (a bit too much) anise, mint, brown sugar nad alcohol;excellent belgian strong ale
Beerhammaren (745) - FINLAND - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
.33l bottle @ Vihreš Haltiatar
Pours clear dark reddish brown with low head. Aroma is liquorice, alcohol, malts, fruits. Flavor is mostly same. Swell!
mile (2444) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Dark brown, hazy, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate to full malty and sweet aroma, caramel and spiciness (aniseed and some licorice). Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel and light fruitiness together with spiciness and alcohol. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, some caramel and lots of aniseed and some licorice, light alcohol. Sweet strong ale with way too much aniseed. Quite one-dimensional.
ABS (339) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown. Lots of dark head. Sugar, malt, alcohol, wort nose. Brown sugar, anis, malt, dried fruit aroma. Sweet and bitter. A bit over medium mouth feel. Good carbonation. Warming. Way to much anis aroma ruins an otherwise good beer.
kingstoni (1160) - FINLAND - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with a medium thin head. Aroma of salty licorice and syrup. Sweet taste of caramel with some bitterness.
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Nijstrom (51) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. This beer has a clear, dark amber colour and a tan head. The aroma is quite complex and has notes of spices, anis/liqourice and some caramel/sweet malts. The taste is moderately sweet with a mild bitter finish. Full-bodied with a quite oily texture and soft carbonation.
tectactoe (649) - Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: deep, deep murky brown color with some ruby hints about; off-white, nearly beige cap sits on top leaving little bits of wet, dripping lace behind. Aroma is totally unique, incredibly hard to decipher. Sweet malt-y notes, chocolate, plum, raisin, raspberry, sweet toffee & caramel, nutmeg, ginger, faint anise/licorice, light mint, cinnamon bread, brown sugar? Smells like a Christmas time potpourri or festive candle. Taste is just as complex with spice & sweetness all over. Sweet red fruits, sugar coated plums, dates, cranberries, brown sugar, booze-soaked cinnamon & raisin bread, coriander, anise, plentiful earthy & dirty esters... Not sure where this thing is going, but I like it. Big bodied, lightly sticky. Really nice holiday ale from Belgium.
Hanoi (209) - - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is candy sugar, orange creams, anise, mint and cough syrup; very strange. Taste is very sweet, cola, cream, cherry, malt, leading to sticky dark fruits, handfuls of raisins and a slightly medicinal herb note in the in the finish which lifts the beer. Mouthfeel is a slick.
An interesting if not exceptional xmas beer.
tillmac62 (45) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 Pours a translucent dark brown with a thick tan head that lingers and laces well. The nose is of dark sweet malt with a hint of dark fruit and chocolate. Medium bodied and well carbonated. This beer is full of flavor that masks the 10% alcohol well. Extremely well balanced. The taste is dark malt, with chocolate undertones, blended with spice and licorice with a very slight alcohol finish. Finishes clean with a burst of dark malt against spice and alcohol. An excellent Christmas Ale. I just did a side by side against St. Bernardus Christmas ale, on 12/4/13. Gouden is far superior in terms of body, complexity and flavor.