jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@Home. Prune, raisin and wine-like aroma. Brown color, beige head, good lace. Light sweet, malty, well hopped, soft bitterness, raisin. Easy drinkable, flavorful, bit German character.
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle aged about a year after purchase.
Pours relatively dark red-brown with a very modest head. Lovely, lovely nose: complex with hops, wood, vanilla, spices. Flavor doesn’t quite match up, it comes on a bit too heavy on a cinnamon (and other winter spices) and a bit too sweet, but nonetheless is quite nice and again, as with the aroma, is extremely complex. Mouthfeel is beautiful for sipping, not the least bit hot or heavy but entirely full.
As many of the reviewers have noted, this is a very interesting, very good beer that somehow fall just short of greatness.
TomDecapolis (4386) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a translucent golden amber with a medium creamy off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of some dark fruits, caramel, various spices, sweet maltiness, light alcohol. Flavor of malty sweetness, some wheat, caramel, dark fruits, spices, yeast
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber color with a creamy pillowy head. Aroma of yeast, fruit and spice. Flavor of honey and bread but a slight metallic taste in the front. Dry, clean finish. Quite enjoyable.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Cole’s Christmas Tasting 2007. Copper body with a fast fading white head. Sweet aroma, light yeast and very light notes of fruit and spice. Similar flavour, light overall profile, mild fruit and spices echo the aroma. (6+) Average palate. Not unpleasant but fails to inspire.
chicagobears (399) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a translucent tan-copper with many small bubbles. Biscuit and bread in the nose. Honey, butterscotch, caramel and cinnamon in the flavor. The butterscotch is what makes this so good. Sparkling and crisp palate. Easy drinking and a fabulous taste.
hombrepalo (1744) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby color, thick, frothy white head. Cinnamon aroma, maybe cranberries too. Flavor of cinnamon, malt and alcohol. Light to medium body, liquorous texture. It’s good but I thought this was a belgian beer
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Name: Le Noel
hazy dark amber, sweet malty aroma, bitter malt flavor, touch of spices, either too simple or too pallet fatigue
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark maroon body with a thin layer of head. Very fruity aroma with lots of alcohol. Maple/molasses very present as well. Nice. Sugarcane sweetness, with some grape qualities. Maple flavors show up. Black current flavors show up as well. Lots of fruits, and just enough hops to balance it out. Not bad...
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This offering pours a dark maroon leaving a thin tan head that leaves very quickly. The aroma is bready, tart unripened fruit, strawberries, cherries, sour dough bread, and a musty dank aroma. The taste is tart upfront, sour cherries, strawberries, lemon, leaving a syrupy mouthfeel that coats the palate. The hops are brisk but not astringent, malty fruitness really finishes this beer off but is balanced by a tart fruitness that really makes this beer great. Overall this is a nice beer, I haven’t had it in a few years but glad I went back to it for this Christmas.