beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very barnyard-esque aroma. Getting some hay notes in the flavor profile. Some nutty notes as well. Belgian yeast is evident and doing it’s job.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
26-Nov-10 (750-ml corked and caged bottle, Best Before 20-Mar-09: Purchased 23-Dec-07 for $9.99 at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA) Despite the bottle being 3 years old and having an incredibly low fill (at least 2 inches of ullage), this beer is in fine shape. It pours hazy amber with a quarter-inch of off-white head that settles to a wide ring and dusting. With sweet-smelling aromas of brown sugar, cinnamon, toffee, caramel, ash, dried fruits, and buttered toast, the beer immediately smells enticing. The palate features similar flavors of sweet, caramely malts, brown sugar, toffee, winter baking spices, figs, and raisins, finishing with a touch of smoked malt. Medium in body with some additional weight from residual sugar. Carbonation is a low-medium, but that works perfectly for this beer, allowing the delicious flavors to have maximum exposure to the tongue without the distraction of prickly carbonation. The brewery feels this beer isn’t at its best any more, but at 18 months past "expiration," it’s still very delicious and shows no signs of falling apart any time soon. It’s not exactly a complex brew, but it’s an excellent winter beer that seems a perfect accompaniment for dessert at the end of your Christmas dinner.
ben4321 (4330) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle Michael Jackson’s Rare Beer Club (November 2010), 1/2/11
Aroma: The nose has some earth, malts, spice, yeast, fruit, and bread
Appearance: It pours a mostly clear mahogany color with a thick, creamy, lasting beige head
Flavor: The taste is spice malts, yeast/bread, like brett notes, and a some light fruit notes
Palate: It is fairly palatable, on the lighter side body-wise, but not particularly thin, quite drinkable
My first rating for the new year is also my first rating from La Choulette! This one was part of the first shipment I got from the Rare Beer Club after getting a subscription as a gift. First off, so far this seems to be a much better beer of the month club then the ones I’ve gotten in the past. It is going to get my trying some beers I wouldn’t necessarily run into in my local store. Second, I like this beer. It makes for a nice, flavorful biere de garde. Very solid stuff.
Happy rating in 2011!
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A starkly white and full head is the harbinger of what’s to come for this beer. A nose full of sours and the color of royal walnut this beer floats on the taste bud, airy, tangy, a hint of brown sugar and cinnamon. Finishes with a subtle peanut shell bite. A delightfully crated beer.
marcus (6988) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours amber with a thick off-white head and a toffee aroma. There is a carbonated caramel malt flavor with candi sugar and spice. Good but not exceptional.
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml. Deep amber body with a big, frothy, foamy off-white head. The head slowly subsides to fizzy pools. Malty aroma with notes of cookie and caramel and a backbone of yeasty earthiness, though not pronounced. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic and lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Aroma is better than flavor with its muted spice flavors and a grain bill that seems in competition with them. The finish is close to unpleasant, leaving a lingering taste of raw grain in the mouth and in the mouthfeel.
psilosophy (523) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - DEC 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 33cl. Couleur ambrée foncée, mousse moyenne qui ne tient pas très longtemps.Tout à fait archétypique d’une bière de noël : épicée, légèrement caramélisée et plutôt sucrée. Généreuse mais pas très complexe, carbonnation moyenne. Trouvée à intermarché - Montigny en Gohelle.
adnielsen (9619) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted from a 750 mL bottle purchased in Denver, Colorado. Red orange appearance with lots dispersed sediment. A bit fruity medium body aroma. Bread-like flavor thats seems to be drawing a lot of flavor from the sediment. A bit of fruitiness that’s somewhat like sour oranges. Interesting but not my favorite.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle courtesy of Lance! Sweet and raisony, nice and warm. Quite nice to sip and enjoy on a cold night.
drowland (6517) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12/1/10. 750mL bottle courtesy Lance. Caramelled raisin aroma and flavor with hints of bitter herbs and nuts... not bad!