Dacrza (818) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
DATE TASTED: January 10, 2016... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... OCCASION: a low-key, high-family Sunday... APPEARANCE: dark burgundy/brown body that releases light only when held to it...head is cloudy with a marshy topography... small bubbles and some lily pads, but more head than expected from a beer fronting a 10+ ABV... AROMA: heavy on the anise, with spruce also making this a formidable brew to encounter... fig, fruitcake, plum and some pungent scents too... PALATE: begins with a vibrant, virile rush at the teeth, before approximating cola mid-body... the finish is lingering with warmth and weight... TASTE: anise-heavy licorice, plum, dates and fig ramp up the sugar rush, while earthy hops allude to a brown ale base...some toasted elements add to a wintry feel... OVERALL: a veritable dessert in itself, this beer ponies up the fruit bowl and purees that into a sweet, sugary winter warmer...I made the mistake (?) of gifting two friends with this before trying it myself, but no mistake after all--the cork and cager delivers with strength and flavor... I would rate this higher, but its core flavors (see above) are not ones I seek out when eating or drinking--no insult to this brew...
graziano85 (418) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 6, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown colour, with a red shne, and a nice creamy beige head, lasting.
The aroma is great, lots of ripe fruits, ripe banana, raisins, figs, candi sugar, and by warming up also toffee comes to the nose.
The taste is clearly sweet, again comes the raisins, figs, dried plums, but then the sweetness is well balanced by a licorice/toffee note.
Low carbonation, oily texture, and incredibly easy to drink, I don’t feel at all the 10,5% alcohol!
Great, maybe the best Christmas beer I tried till now.
alchemyst (12) - SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 5, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Liquorice and stone fruit on nose, rich sweet molasses maltiness. Dark brown, almost opaque with red highlights. Thin off-white head doesn't linger. Solid kick of molasses and well-rounded malty sweetness almost hides the alcoholic warmth. Finish is sweet but clean.
Bawelt (489) - Lyon, FRANCE - JAN 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Le nez est un vrai pain d’épice ! On sent parfaitement la réglisse, l’anis, le caramel.
La bouche est moins riche : TRÈS sucrée et sirupeuse. Joli corps mais reste trop simple. Un dessert très sympa mais pas plus.
MelvinKalksma (804) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2016
Medium/heavy aroma of malts, caramel, liquorice, Belgian yeast and spices.
Turbid/opaque ruby/dark brown beer with a slight/medium beige head.
Heavy sweet and slightly bitter with malts, caramel, liquorice, Belgian yeast and spices.
Had this beer during the winter, now having it during the summer. It is an amazing tasteful beer which is really complex, yet still fairly easy to drink.
Shot (411) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin creamy beige head. Aromas of chocolate, toffee, raisin and whiskey. Flavors are vanilla, cream, cola, chocolate, dark fruits, toffee, whiskey and spice. Light and creamy mouthfeel. Noticeable booziness. Very nice.
minutemat (4039) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg @ The Crown Inn, Wellington, Shropshire. First glass was pure line-cleaner. Unfortunately, despite getting a replacement I couldn’t get the line-cleaner out my mouth. Poured very dark brown with a cream head. Aroma is aniseed, spice and line-cleaner. Taste continues with good dark fruits and spice. And line-cleaner. Ugh.
Baramba (811) - ITALY - DEC 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Dark brown with off-white head. Caramel aroma, strong sweet caramel flavour, ripe fruits, plum,
llkc (1420) - århus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
duft lakrids stjerne anis malt sød
smag: sød lakrids maltet anis sød maltet lidt karamel lidt ristet malt
Hopverdju (551) - BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kastanje (mahonie) bruin bier met rijke wit-beige schuimkraag. Fruitige geur, zeste van sinaasappel. Smaak: zeer zoet, sinaas, zoethout, anijs. Zoete afdronk. Verrassende smaak en leuk voor ééntje.