zwartjesbier (28) - - JAN 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33 cc with a nice cheery christmas label. Aroma typical sweet herbal. But less strong than for comparabe chrismas ales. Pours a light red brown with a off white head that leaves a nice lace around the rim. Taste is medium sweet with a herbal hint and a light hoppy finish that quickly dissapears. Minimal carbonation.
Nice beer but not the best Christmas beer I tasted this year.
Borresteijn (6498) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Jopen Proeflokaal. Murky dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma of clove, cinnamon, dark fruits, malts, quite sweet, honey, blossom, slightly oxidized but nice, hint of wild yeast in there. Flavour is sweet but not cloying, spicy, cinnamon, clove, mace, dark fruits, malts, light bitter finish. Medium bodied, smooth. Nice.
Daanminator (476) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bier is kwa kleur tegen het zwart aan. Kleine schuimkraag. Zowel smaak als geur erg zoet.
TheFoamhead (261) - Vught, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Okay…. This is a mothfull of cloves…. Sure, they wanted to create a X-mas brew with the right spices, but this is too much. The first sips are only dominated by the clove note. And honestly, my first intention was to pour it. But after a couple of sips, you get used to the taste and you’ll discover other nuances such as licorice, roasted bread and a dry hop note. All topped by a nice alcohol burn. I believe that this beer, with less spices added, would be a nice winter warmer.
A shame, too much spices drown the good base of this beer. Less would be much more!
mike_77 (5569) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colour. Some sweet caramel in the aroma and also some dry cork. Lots of dark malts and some dark fruits. Hint of bay leaf.
tricksta_p (3617) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of rich malts, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, raisins, light chocolate, some herbal notes. Flavour is quite sweet, a bit too much for my taste, with a light to moderate bittersweet finish. Body is nice and thick.
SimplySike (1398) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear dark amber with tan head.
Aroma caramel, red fruits, grape, cherry, sweet.
Taste caramel fruity sweet, some spice, little bitter.
Mouthfeel thin, bit watery.
tbopslt (354) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber. No head. Cough medicine aroma. Smooth but flat. Sweet. not very drinkable. Bad
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gouda 2014. Poured hazy amber with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel malt and vinous dark fruit. Medium to full body, flavour much as the aroma, some additional liquorice. Dry, bitter sweet finish.
Maakun (4066) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2 years past bb date. Murky dark brown with small off-white head. Yeast, funk, caramel, brown sugar, a hint of spices, red fruits and some red wine. Taste is sweet, but nicely balanced with a light sour note. Medium bodied, soft carbo. Very drinkable. Overall nice stuff, held up well.
kermis (11252) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled at Gouda Winterbier Festival. Hazy amber brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, overripe dark fruits, raisins and light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.