bierkoning (10911) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from MiP, thanks! Brown color. Nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar in the aroma and flavor. Malty sweet flavor with loads of honey. Tastes and smells like Christmas, and I’m always happy that time of year is over and done with. Still, decently brewed.
Borup (7135) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a medium beige head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, spice and hops.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colored, cloudy appearance. Medium sized light brown head. Rich aroma: chocolate, hay, sweetness, mild roastiness and alcohol. Medium bodied. Flavor is also chocolaty with sweet hay tones, some floral hops and spices too. Aftertaste has lasting sweetness and some hayish tones.
Dedollewaitor (14482) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
66cl. bottle. Clear amber orange with a little white bubbly creamy white head. Aroma and taste of sweet malts and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Roasted malts (caramel/nutty) Medium filling body. Softly carbonated. Good bitter finish. Very pleasant and tasty.
Grovlam (4160) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark amber like color with an average fizzy head. Head was mostly lasting and left good lacing. Aroma was very malty with notes of caramel, roast, nuts, fruit grain and maybe some bread. Some flower, yeast and light Christmas spice can also be detected. The palate had medium body with a light oily texture and soft carbonation. Moderated sweet flavor with light bitterness to it. Finish is very caramel, syrupy sweet and average lasting. Nice and reasonable drinkable Christmas beer.
thebeertourist (5069) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear, deep amber with a big healthy offwhite head. Complex spicy and yeasty malt aroma. Doughy. Flavours are spicy and sweet, but still refined with banana overtones. Semi-dry finish. Highly enjoyable.
yespr (34303) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
66 cL bottle and on tap. Tap better than the bottled. Pours with off-white head. Red-brown colour. Tastes of malt, spicy notes and alcohol. Complex and lasting aftertaste. Really great christmas beer that goes very well with traditional danish christmas lunch.
Hansen (7311) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber colour. Off-white head, not lasting. Has notes of malt in the aroma. Flavor has some spicy notes, cinnamon?, sharp.
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jingle Ale, Jingle Ale,
Jingle all the way,
Oh what fun it is to crack
a beer at end of day.
The day sucked ass,
I’m glad it’s passed,
Tomorrow’s another day
If I wake up, wish me luck
My wife is on her way...
Oh Jingle Ale, Jingle Ale...etc
Just noticed the ’Best by’ date on this is tomorrow, which is a grand excuse to pull this Danish Christmas cracker. Damn, they’re doing some fine work over there. This spiced strong ale is a clear chestnut brown with a lavish, lacing head. Lovely smoky aroma of Christmas log fires, coffee grounds, cinammon, nutmeg and honey. Yep, Christmas in a bottle - the only thing missing is a pair of socks from yer Gran. The mouthfeel is creamy and soft, like slipping your hand into a velvet glove. Not that I’ve done that. I’m just saying. Very herbal flavour mix, like sucking a shaker of all-spice. Nah, haven’t done that, either. There are nice chewy caramel malts momentarily but the spices quickly swamp the palate like a winter snow-storm. The result is phlegmy, resinous and verging on cloying. Hard to say whether it’s the spice or the 7.3% abv, but the finish is big and warming. It’s a beer that calls for a nut-crackingly cold night and a blazing fire. Which is a pity because this is Australia in Springtime, it’s hot and I’m wearing shorts. Still, I’m loving it. No idea why this rates so moderately amongst local raters. Guess beers like this are two a’penny at Christmas and familiarity breeds indifference. Any road, you’re lucky bastards if this is a 3.0 by local standards. If an Australian brewer made this, he’d be a candidate for Prime Minister. Hell, we elected Bob Hawke. [Disclaimer: this was the 3rd beer of the night and the opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the Management when sober.]
(500ml bottle from trade with Papsoe - thanks Henrik!. Vintage 2005, best before 3/11/05)
jonas (6033) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Spicy nose (heather and nutmeg). Cloudy amber, golden lacing head. Fairly spicy - especially the nutmeg dominates quite a bit. Minerally, salty notes. Medium body. Herbal aftertaste. Unusual...