highlandlad (1470) - 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 (6786) - 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...
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Deep red - white head. Dark bread, red berries, spicy, malty, light alcoholic, hopped.
cab (866) - DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Nice ale, for up comming holiday but not more than that, it will go with most food´s.
Stefano (1965) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 Red with large off-white head, mostly lasting, good lacings. Aroma moderate malty. Sweet caralmel/ honey flavour with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and prunes. Medium bodied. Round palate.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. mahogny colored with rich white foam. Malty aroma of almond, cinnamon, cloves with notes of anise-seeds and vegetables. Unfocused flavour almond and vegatbles with a sourish undertone. Notes of almond-paste in the aftertaste.
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Bottle. Red/ brown color with a slight off white head. The taste is sweeet, smooth body with a nice light bitter palate. Slight caramel and malty notes.
Furseth (2087) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 Bottle. light red colour, thin white foam. Aroma of sweet maltyness and roasted malt. citric and spcy touch of an chritmas ale I think. A little bit of spicynes is Ok, but this one was too mucth of it all.
Nwe rating, and maby the resepy is cange, or Ive got a bad bottle first time. This has : Malty,caramel,alc in nice balance.smouth mouth feeling, and a medium dry hopy finish. Mutch better, there for this re rate.
omhper (23483) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
[Bottled at Købehavnske Øldage] Copper colour, no head. Cardamom aroma. Sweet with clean, rounded mouthfeel Some toffee before a short resiny finish. Not an attention grabber.
sunevdj (3949) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours brown with a tanned head. Quite sweet with aromas of caramel malts and loads of orange peal and spices. Way over spiced. Full bodied. Again lots of spices in the finish with some alcohol. Not my fav. christmas beer.