bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Ruby amber beer with an off-white head. Sweet malt, spice, and citrus hop aroma. Sweet malt, Xmas spices, grapefruit and pine flavor. Lingering sweetness that borders on sacharine - with hops. Very muddled. Nice hop flavor but spices donít do anythign for it.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours clear copper with tan head. The mild aroma offers up holiday spices, caramel malts, crystal malts, some sweet dark fruity esters and hints of vague hoppiness. The taste begins a touch creamy on the palate and introduces pine hop flavor mixing with malts, crystal type malts and winter-ish spices. The pine hop presence grows in bitterness as well as the winter spiciness. These notes go well together and Iím really enjoying this. It leaves a moderate level of pine hop like bitterness lingering. Great winter brew.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber, clear topped by a solid off-white head that is mostly lasting. Sweet and yeasty upfront, presenting meringue and pomegranate notes. Hard to pick up spices that are actually not all that upfront, possibly ginger and nutmeg, not quite the exotic spices I was expecting from the commercial description. They leave a slightly biting sensation as the pie-like yeastiness fades with a watery sensation. Light bodied, fair carbonation.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled, big thanks to chris for this one. poured a rich shade of amber with a hint of haze and a lasting off-white head; aroma of apple and rhubarb tart with lemon zest and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon; soft mouthfeel; some rusty tea flavours with a good hit of bitterness and some light lurking grapefruit. nice to drink a holiday beer that balances the xmas spices with some tangy hops
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy amber with a thick beige head and a spicy aroma. There is an herbal caramel malt flavor with a very bitter spicy finish.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF 2005: Clear light coppery hue with a good head and some lace. The aroma is spicy and piney with notes of caradmom, nutmeg, belgian yeast and sugar. The taste has a big spicy bite and a hoppy character as well. I got cinnamom in the flavor I didnít find on the nose. The aftertaste and feel is a bit bready, chalky and short. An okay beer, different and some will enjoy the spice blend.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle from La Bodega. Clear orange amber with a fizzy white head. Sweet spice and hoppy aroma. Tastes like an IPA with dominant nutmeg and cloves in the flavor. Itís an interesting taste, but Iím not sure if it works. That said, itís worth a try.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This spiced ale pours a light amber color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, spicy and sweet. A medium bodied spiced ale. Malts are caramel and sweet. Hops are grapefruit and floral. Kind of sweet, lots of holiday spices, but not overly obnoxious about them. Very drinkable X-Mas beer. There is lots of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg other stuff here. Sort of works for me, but I can see this one being a love or hate it beer.. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear copper with a fleeting head. Big spicy herbal smell with black currant, anise. Taste is full of fresh hops, pale malts, and that holiday spice mix. Not too bad. 11287
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, slight hops, and light spices. Poured orange in color with a small, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Some medium-sized particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, spices, and some bittering hops. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, spice, hop finish is lightly sweet and medium bitter. 7.8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.