KyotoLefty (5590) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Asao. Fruity, cherry and pear, apple, a bit spicy. Deep gold, almost amber, with a high, fine head. Sweet and fruity, honey, apple, biscuits, alcohol. Not so Christmasy, but nice enough. A bitnsimple overall, a quite sweet.
Travlr (9942) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft courtesy of Bruce, thanks! Amber color, medium white head. Aroma and taste are both lightly spiced. On the malty side. Subtle and understated.
zvikar (2518) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - SEP 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At a tasting, thanks Troubles, pours orange to red with a medium head, aroma of chocolate, toffee, plum and cherries, flavor of cherry acidity, grapes, red wine and cocoa, feels dry, medium bodied
DSG (4714) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 14, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Dror. Clear deep amber. Aroma of chocolate, yeast, alcohol, some fruitiness and some spiciness. Sweetish flavor with a bit of dark chocolate, dark fruits, some alcohol and a finish with some spiciness. Medium-bodied.
Benzai (5823) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellow to copper color, off-white head. Decent smell and taste, a bit sweet, some yeast, lightly herbs and malts. Medium to high carbo, medium body.
Geiserich (2925) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - APR 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Hazy dark orange color, foamy head. Sourly, fruity aroma with some malts. Flavor is light sourly, sweet, fruity (raisins, peaches), peppery and bitter. Astringent, bitter finish. Nice and quite light bodied for such a strong beer.
pinkano (56) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - very nice hazy dark orange color with sediment since it ferments in the bottle
S - creamy smell of the malt mixed with peaches, apples and cider
T - effortless taste of peaches, cider, apples and port wine. Very well balanced, mixed and diffused. Perfectly well hidden alcohol.
M - very nice carbonation
D - very very drinkable, but be careful of the high ABV!
Barrelbelly (568) - BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice head that holds well. Slightly sour smell. Taste is somewhat fruity with a slightly bitter aftertaste of hops.
Abio (1480) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
150th Belgian Strong ale. Orange coloured. Good big head that holds nice. Smell is fresh fruits, light spiced, lightly hopped. Taste the same, fruits, sweet, spiced aftertaste. A bit to watery.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I don’t know much about this one except that it is brewed by Van Stennberge in Ertvelde, Belgium, about a half hour north of Gent. This is yet another of the Christmas beer I brought back from Belgium.
It pours a fairly clear orangey-copper with an enormous fluffy white head. Smells of very fruity, very spicy pale malt. Spiced apple and cidery aromas. Ripe pear and even ripe banana. Peppery, gingery aromas too.
Again, spiced apples and cidery in the mouth. A distinct alcohol flavor, some herbal, almost juniper flavors help balance the sweetness. Peppery spice, a bright fruitiness, touch of lemon. bready, lots going on in here. Sweet and fruity aftertaste and finish. Nicely done.