boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Body is a very cloudy, muddy brown with yellow and tan swirls, totally opaque. A thin, dirty tan head slowly and mostly recedes. Odd in appearance, but looks hearty and well crafted nonetheless. The aroma is startling. Mustard greens, dried cherries, olive tapenade, moderate alcohol. Bold yeastiness with a dash of funk noted. Star anise, dates and other dark and dense earthy-type fruits are also noted, a touch of apricot. This gets stranger with each whiff. There is a good amount of toasted grains present which bring some balance to an otherwise off-kilter nose. Sharp caramel and tart yeast are noticed first in the flavor. Is this a conglomeration of the previously sensed nuances in the nose, or did De Dolle get a hold of this recipe and blend it with a Danish barleywine? This is wacky. Alcohol is everpresent in the flavor, drying the mouth out late after each sip. Stale lemony acidity is a prelude to a syrupy finish, which is quite dry but is also fully sticky. Light to medium in carbonation, medium-full bodied. Yet another unique beer from Herslev, I dig this brewery.
One extra point given to the overall score for incredible uniqueness employed while maintaining good general drinkability.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Henrikb. Pours ruby red with a tan head. Smells of anise, coriander, soap, metallic, cumin, some misc. spices, some cherry like elements. Tastes of dark chocolate, sweet malt, lots of spicy elements, some nuttiness and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is nutty with an herbal green finish and some metallic notes. This reminded me of a dubbel very much.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Spicy and lactic aroma. Light hazy, brown color, beige head, good lace. Light sweet, light bitter, several spices, light malty, fruity, raisin. Very soft silky mouthfeel, thick. Alcohol completely hidden.
bierkoning (9554) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bryg 3. Anis and orange fruit in the aroma. Malty sweet flavor with anis, orange peels and coreander. Hops are restricted to the background, although noticeable. Somewhat sugary. Mango.
Powerful and tasty beer, although a bit too sweet, but the balance is good and the alcohol is well hidden.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Dark brown colour with a little weak white head. Malty aroma with notes of caramel and hints of yeast and anis-spice. Nice mouthfeel of malt and spices. Little carbonation and hard to find the 9 % alcohol.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. opaque dark brown with a low beige foam that dissapears quickly. Strong fruity and yeasty aroma of cherries, coriander, chocolate and all-spice. Smooth estery and well-balanced flavour of anise, caramel, cinnamon, cocoa-powder and yeast. Very smooth mouthfeel. long and mild finish of cinnamon, red berries, anise and yeast. No sign of the high ABV. Very nice and very drinkable.
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. dark brown color. creamy head. bit of grain and acid. sweet and very xmasy. some spicyness. ok.
yespr (28627) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2008 50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with thick brown head. Fantastic christmas aroma of chocolate, fruits, anise, coriander and alcohol - some yeast as well. Taste adds malt notes to the aroma flavours. Finish is long and sweet. Lovely balanced and goes great to almost any food. Fantastic Christmas brew.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2007 Draught@Ølbaren, Copenhagen. Quite sweet, with a slightly estery yeasty character, with light nutty, malty notes, and some warming alcohol in the finish. Some light spiceyness in the finish.
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice sweet beer with lots of spices. Sweet, maybe too sweet for ½ a liter, but good in small doses. A truely christmasbeer!