Jonb5 (413) - Greater London, - MAR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle, poured into Leffe Chalice. Very dark auburn colour, hazy, decent thick, tanned head, good lacing retention. Aroma was yeast, oak and molasses. Tasted malt, brown sugar, molasses, yeast and cranberry. Smooth texture, slightly thick body, not overly carbonated. Fairly similar to the Dubbel, but less sticky. Decent enough.
peponi (610) - Krakow, POLAND - FEB 23, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma: melanoidins, crusty bread, dark malts.
Appearance: clear amber color, beige head.
Appearance: low bitterness, dried fruits, dark malts, smooth, slightly acid, sweet.
Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, sweet finish.
Overall: Strange beer, quite sweet, some esters, but that’s all
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours fizzy, dark and with no head, pretty much like a coke; slight reddish hue on closer inspection; aroma is sugary dark fruits: currants, raisins, a bit like a mince pie; taste is similar: dark fruits, then sweetness through to the finish; some blackcurrant, some cola, you get the idea; on the thin side; flat alcoholic coke by any other name; it’s ok.
Calisky (1403) - ALSACE, FRANCE - FEB 14, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Couleur sombre, mousse qui disparait. Nez caramel cuit avec derrière des vieux fruits. Gout caramel avec vieux fruits qui donne un peu un caractère industriel très moyen, avec malt, sucre. Pas si mauvaise mais grand public.
BenH (2832) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Christos. Dark chestnut reddish brown with tan head. Aroma of dried fruit, nuts, biscuit. Taste of dried fruit and nuts, toffee. Little bitter.
Douberd (2963) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Grimbergen Winter) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a tall tulip, ABV 6.5%
Chestnut brown colour on the body, still transparent, one finger of tan head, a bit thin but with good retention, leaving light lacing behind.
Aroma of caramel, marmalade, prunes, surar.
Taste of sugar, red stewed fruits, lots of prunes, not bad.
Medium thin body, good carbonation.
Good, a bit more alcohol to make it a true winter warmer and it would be even better.
vipinvelp (2599) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark ruby red, brown. Brown lacing foam head. Sweet caramel aroma and similar taste. Candy sweet, bit watery. (Arnhem 201501)
Bierridder_S (155) - BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
03/01/2015 @ mother-in-law’s place.
Dark brown colour (although bottle says it should be dark blond?) with bubbled head. Aroma : Sweet caramel, dark fruits. Taste : verry sweet, very light fruity hoptaste, very average
bonkiedeaap (379) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Dranken Verheyen in Poppel. The beer is dark amber colored and pours and nice cream colored head, with a lot of bubbles. In the aroma are tones noticable of spices and in the background some caramel sweetness and dark fruits. The taste is full bodied and has sweet bitter taste, with emphasis on sweet. Tones from the aroma are noticable. The finish is warming, a little chemical and some long staying bitterness.
Syfher (182) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap beer, in a Trappist (Grimbergen) glass.
Well, an average "winter" beer, with no great spices nor taste...
Average, don’t try it.
Benzai (9549) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Kerstbierfestival Essen 2014. Nice clear dark red color, average sized off-white to beige head. Smell and taste malts, sweetness, brown sugar, a slight fruity hint surprisingly. Pretty sweet, but drinkable.