evergreen0199 (2667) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought at Vanuxeem warehouse, Belgium. Deep red pour with a medium head. Malty, fruity aroma. Tastes fruity, malty, caramel, spices. A nice warming complex Belgian Christmas beer.
pivnizub (9733) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Hazy, amber coloured, medium-sized, lacy and persistent off-white head; caramalt/malty and slightly fruity nose, combined with wine and liquorice; dry bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied; dry roast-malty finish with a good dash of liquorice. Good and moreish.....
KornDogg (567) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma of raisins. Dark body with thin head. Flavor is sweet and malty with hints of raisins and molasses, balanced with a little spice... slight bitter aftertaste
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ redlight redlight. Pours a dark amber with some nice lacing. Nose is yeasty, some fruity esters, a dry grainy maltiness and a bit musty. In flavor some caramel, fruity, nice yeastiness, a touch of acidity. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, finishes very dry with a tiny hint of alcohol as it fully warms up. Very nice.
DScanlon (70) - Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Redlight. This is pretty kick ass! Pours a nice amber w/ a white head. Lots of caramel malts, spices, dark sweetness and a boatload of good ol Belgian funk, but not overpowering. A bit earthy.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft @ redlight redlight. Spicy caramel nose with candied dates and hints of a funkiness. Pours caramel amber with a sold white head. Spicy with huge caramel malt flavors with molasses and figs, with spicy dry funk. Man this is great! it tastes like an amber version of Orval, their yeast really comes through. Great beer!
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at redlight redlight. Pours a deep, translucent, amber with a tight, generous off-white head. Very nice complex nose. Strong notes of earthy funk. Hints of leather, tropical fruit, and berries. Excellent flavor. Powerful funk without being outwardly sour. Barely but delightfully sweet in the finish. Crisp, dry, and very good.
FatPhil (12201) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki, Winter beers 2009)
Very deep red or brown, tiny head. Served a bit cold, but it’s a big bottle so there’s plenty of time for it to warm. Slightly corny porridgy aroma - smells a bit young. Crisp carbonation, simple spicy malts in the retronasals. Malts are a bit stodgy, some liquorice too, in the taste. Certainly gets better as it warms. It’s a touch softer, a touch smoother, and the malty profile moves towards chocolate. Spices are also muted, which is nice to see in these days of unsubtlety. The finish shows lovely hopping - tasty and pleasantly green. Even warmer stil the retronasals on swallowing are even roastier still, even chocolatey. Very very drinkable, the 7.3% is covered brilliantly. This is nothing big or clever, and fortunately not one of those inane christmas spicy caricatures. Very nice.
onystrom (1330) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy amber colour with fine head. Sweet and licorice flavour. Lots of burnt malt, taste like a Bøgedal ;-)
HenrikSoegaard (12268) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter nice fruity flavor. Some chocolate present. Average moderate bitter finish. Nice.