bonkiedeaap (315) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from de Bierschuur in Poppel. The beer has a dark brown color and a nice cream colored head with a lot of bubbles. The aroma is malty, like roasted malts, clear tones of caramel, licorice and the sweetness of dark fruits. The taste is rich, warming, little piquant in the mouth with liquorice, mocha flavors, pear and toasted bread background. The finish is a little alcoholic, warming and has a nice bitterness. A very good strong ale, the best caracole has to offer.
djd07 (3896) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy amber with small off white head. The aroma is yeast, honey, toast. Medium mouthfeel with dark fruit, yeast, candy sugar, and toasty finish. Good.
ben4321 (4100) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: Draft at Morrison’s, 9/22/14
Aroma: The nose is sweet malts, dark fruit, pepper/spice, chocolate, licorice, and some booze
Appearance: It pours a brownish-red color with a beige head and some decent lacing
Flavor: The taste is heavy sweet, fairly unbalanced, not quite cloying, but close
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a bit of heat, and feels sticky as it coats the mouth
I was pretty surprised not to have rated this one before, but hey, as Nick would say, "A tick is a tick!" This one is quite sweet overall. Some flavorful stuff. It could probably use a little balance.
Anatole (112) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2014
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Du sucre, du sucre, plein de sucre, trop de sucre. Je n’ai meme pas terminé mon verre.
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong winter warmer with thick, beige, regular, stable head and very dark burgundy colour with ruby hue, hazy. Strong aroma of chocolate, banana, pear, plum, melon, coffee, walnuts, port wine, liqueur, cinnamon, liquorice, brown sugar. Rich and full maltiness, sweet, fruity, very chocolatey with medium carbo and well-rounded, mild, coffee powder-like roasted bitterness, as well as aromatic hops in the finish and warming alcohol not becoming astringent in any way. Very tasty and beefy, typical Scotch-style Belgian Christmas ale, honest and satisfying. I liked this very much.
sfuen03 (351) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium sized, quickly diminishing off-white head. Clear dark liquid. Strong aroma of plum, banana, raisins and dark fruit. Light to medium body, very mild mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Alcohol well masked. Taste is strongly sweet, spicy, with raisins, licorice and dark fruit.
jjsint (927) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle at the Elm Tree, Cambridge. Very dark brown with masses of carbonation but very little head. Sweet aroma of raisins and figs, bitter chocolate, tobacco and treacle. Taste is sweet fruity molasses. To sweet for me if truth be told, but still tasty. Short-ish sweet finish. Mild aftertaste of plums and woodsmoke. Full palette, lively from carbonation.
lownote (113) - USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From tap, tulip glass. Muddy Brown with a thick head. Smells malty/sweet. Mouthfeel is medium with some carbonation. Taste is a nice balance of sweet and tart. Not too intense.
Zwiebel88 (217) - GERMANY - AUG 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Braun, dunkel im Glas. In der Nase Süße, Alkohol, dunkle Früchte, Karamell. Am Gaumen dunkle Früchte, Süße, Alkohol bei erfrischend-süffigem Körper.
VDuquerroux (400) - Airvault, FRANCE - AUG 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A dark brown beer with mahogany hues. Medium white head, medium retention. Fruity aroma (prune), caramel, licorice, acid note. Medium sugary sweet, light bitter, short acute sour. Medium body, thin oily texture, medium carbonation, sweet warming finish. Overall, a pleasant brown sweet ale with a nice aroma.