Palme (3441) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
0.33l bottle. This is a nice warm deep amber purple looking cloudy beer with a small light lacing beige top. Smells alright with a sweet and spicy nose. I get both cocoa and dry chocolate with soft traces of dark candied sugar and it has a overall sweet and Christmassy pleasant nose. In the mouth it feels a bit disappointingly light, almost thin and watery while the bubbles are about average. The taste is also a bit of a downer compared to that nice aroma. It desperately screams for a couple of more abv points this. I get a sweet malty and dark caramelly flavor with floral tones and only subtle hints of sour spices. Well, my expectations were high, so all in all this was a bit of a let down, still, not bad tasting at all. Want to try the imperial brother, so please make one! 25.12.2013
larsga (6240) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big pale brown head. Hazy dark brown body. Earthy caramelly spicy aroma with lacquer and marzipan notes. Dry-sweet mealy earthy toffee taste with spicy caramel notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, mealy mouthfeel. Dryish earthy banana aftertaste with mealy fruity spicy notes. Nice, drinkable. (0.33l bottle at VG.)
KnutAlbert (6123) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Meny Oslo City.
Very dark red. Rich and complex. Rhubarb, apples, grain. The malt is kept in check by dry hoppiness. A nice take ont the traditional Norwegian Christmas brew.
Gr0ve (2140) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Dark brown and clear. Medium-sized fine off-white head. Dry caramelly aroma. Light roasted malts aroma and flavour. Classic Belgian yeast flavours. Light bodied and dry. Lots of caramel and candy sugar syrup flavours. Very nice. A classic Belgian trappist-like beer in 4.7% abv clothing. Thanks, Bjørn.
ERB92 (334) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dried fruits and a hint of red wine in the aroma. Dark red-brown colour with a off white head. light sweetness and light bitterness. Light body with a average carbonation. Overall OK, but not to exciting.
ClubGonzo (4108) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Matkroken Natland, Bergen. Pours a deep hazy nougat-hued amber body with a small off-white head. Nose is mild banana and sugary chewing gum notes with hints of grainy malts far in the back. Taste is white (generic) chewing gum, banana, cloves and hints of candi sugar and bready malts. Light body, medium carbonation. Despite it’s recent award for best Christmas beer in a major Norwegian newspaper, I can’t really say it does it for me - the sweetness profile is far too dominant and sugary, and in my opinion it should be in the "Belgian Ale" category rather than the current.
gunnar (5457) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours light hazy brown with a small tanned head. Aroma is fruity, zesty fresh, dark fruits. Taste is moderate sweet, light spiced, lingering sweet/spicy.
Holmen2 (1016) - NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
From bottle. Cloudy brown. Dark caramel, roasted malts and overripe bananas in aroma. Similar taste. Short aftertaste. Unfresh.
Sigmund (5179) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared 330 ml bottle at local tasting. Cloudy brown colour, moderate to low off-white head. Malty aroma, notes of caramel and Christmas spices, including anise. Thin mouthfeel. Medium sweet and malty flavour, moderate notes of Christmas spices and caramel.
abemorsten (2831) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2013 Bottle kindly shared by gunnar. Puors a clear nut orange body. With a beige head. Wooden toasted caramel and over ripe banana notes. Sweet toasted caramel with fruity and light bitter tones. Medium to full bodied. Light prickling tongue.