JulienHuxley (2935) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle from Willem’s. Dark brown pour, almost black with reddish tint, solide creamy tant foam. I could smell anise while pouring it. Aroma is quite herbal, lots of black licorice, rich malty caramel notes, molasses, fruity alcohol esters, very nice. Taste is rich, sweet, molasses like sweetness, toasted malt, black licorice, cardamom. Palate is full bodied, strong carbonation. A great BSA, a very cozy sipper.
ABT_S54 (124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1.5l bottle shared in a Trappist glass. Pours a dark brown with good viscosity and lively carbonation for such a strong beer. The taste is much the same as the Van Der Kaizer Blauw but is even more malt dominated. The only issue I have with this beer is the overpowering aniseed flavour - it really is too much. The flavours are all excellent and well proportioned but the aniseed takes over. However, it is probably the most Christmassy beer I have tried.
Douberd (2065) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gouden Carolus Christmas. Bottle 330 ml at home, into a tulip glass. ABV 10.5%
Deep brown red colour on the body, with deep red ruby shades when hold against the light. Two fingers of thick beige head with very good retention. Heavy lacing left around the glass.
Aroma of spices, anice, light alcohol, light caramel.
Taste is sweet with malts, caramel, fruity notes as well, even some bubblegum on the finish. The spices present again but quite subtle. The high alcohol is very well hidden, its presence given away only by a warming feeling on the body. Really good!
Medium to medium thick body, the carbonation on good levels.
Overall a very tasty beer and a great warmer, I got much more than I expected.
aleksander9 (369) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
-Backlog- My favorite Christmas beer of 2011. With multiple layers of complexity, it is in its own league.
biirusaikou (555) - - JAN 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Anise, plum, smokey aromas.
Liquorice flavor, grape, caramel malt, peppery finish.
Very smooth xmas brew despite the alcohol content, good way to keep yourself warm while enjoying lovely anise flavors.
Maakun (507) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, small bubbly tan head. Liquorice, spices, speculaas, caramel, salmiak. Taste is sweet, but with a slight tart finish and I swear I taste salty salmiak in there. Medium-light bodied, average carbonation, way thinner than I expected. Hmmm, bit weird stuff, but not bad.
MarcoDL (2042) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicey and malty christmas beer. Yet, it is not overwhelmingly sweet, which is nice.
JLDC (66) - 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 (2213) - 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 (539) - 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