JLDC (52) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Colour: Deep brown, coffee coloured. Hint of a beige head.
Nose: Very strong anise aroma. Underlying tones of spices, licorice, cough syrup, roasted malts. Anise overshadows most other aromas.
Flavours: cough drop, caramel and candy sugar sweetness. Dark chocolate, coffee, pastis-like anise flavours. Dark fruits and seasonal spices. Very complex.
Finish: Long, warming, spicy, alcoholic. Quite strong.
Verdict: Very good Christmas ale. Nice.
unclemike (2147) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby red in colour. Aroma is fruity with dark cherries, chocolate. Flavour was peppery, yeasty, with some alcohol. Finishes with some mild bitterness and dry.
Sissio (354) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JAN 9, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Birratrovo in Como
Anise both in aroma and taste. Very well balanced. Full body. Great beer
bulldogops (994) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #883 - January 5, 2014 - Live Rating - nth day of #beermas 2013 - 750mL bottle, 10.5%. Clear, dark brown pour, bubbly tan head that fades to a ring in my St. Ambroise chalice. Aroma is treacle tart, cherries, black licorice, toasted fennel. Taste is alcohol, toffee malts, licorice, fennel, cherries. Quite good.
ElectroMod (71) - - JAN 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Y Delyn Wine Bar, Mold. Pours a dark brown with a long lasting off white head. Aroma is marzipan, treacle and dark fruits. Taste is sweet treacle and slightly spicy. Slight bitterness that comes on the back. Nice carbonation and warmness from the alcohol, a real wintery treat!
DuffLover (86) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with little head. Smells of dried fruit and a little spice. Very smooth with a hint of licorice. Tasty but not my favorite. I’ll age the other bottle and see how it is next year.
DwarfeD (619) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Lobbes. Dark slightly reddish brown with a small off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Medium sweet- and bitterness. Spices, chocolate, dried fuits, licorice, caramel and alcohol. A tad too spicy for my taste, but overall a nice winter brew.
SarkyNorthener (1295) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Dark brown beer with small beige head. Aroma isn’t as strong as I was expecting, some dark treacle and dried fruit. The taste is dark treacle, rich dark fruits, spices, sweetish malts and some alcohol. Quite chewy with some oiliness. Very nice.
txitxi40230 (58) - - JAN 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bu en bouteille de 33cl, belle couleur, sans mousse, goût très prononcer de caramel/ anis /Réglisse, trescbien proportionnées.. excellentes bières de noël....
sinte (295) - Udine, ITALY - JAN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown body with a huge, frothy, tan head, mostly lasting with nice lacing.
Complex aroma: moderate-to-heavy malty (caramel, slightly roasted) character with notes of red fruits(cherries), raisins, alcohol realated spices and light licorice; liquor sensation is also felt.
Intense sweet flavour with moderate bitter character more evident in the finish.
Full body with velvety texture; soft carbonation.