Sigmund (5181) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml green bottle, Cardinal’s Christmas beer tasting. ABV is 7.3%. Brown colour, large beige head. Lovely malty aroma, with typical notes of Belgian ale yeast, brown kandij sugar, caramel, dark dried fruits and mild spices. The flavour is rich and malty, with the same elements as the aroma, and moderate hops in the finish. Very good.
ABT_S54 (168) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle shared in a Delirium Noel glass. Pours a wonderful dark brown, clear liquid with a moderate head. Carbonation is good and mouthfeel for a (relatively) low alcohol Belgian is exceptional. Aroma and flavour is unlike anything I have previously tried. A very flavoursome beverage which makes you want to keep trying it to pick out all the flavours. Quite a warming drink packed full of fruity, toffeelike notes. Excellent.
BoltonDK (559) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasting at lpk by carsten berthelsen.
Sweet nose, prunes, sugar, alcohol.
Light brown hazy color offwhite head.
Medium body, sweet, prunes, sugar.
Bontus (634) - Flanders, BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle, thanks Stijn. Pours chestnut hell red / brown. Lacy beige head. Nose of candi sugar, cara malts and something resin like / pine wood & needles. Aroma of dark chocolate malts, but carried by a gentle carbonation, silky mouthfeel. Almost creamy. Taste is sweet to bitter. Finishes with some alcohol warmth. If spiced, it’s subtle. A very accessible Christmas ale for the spice prone drinker.
Palme (3455) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
0.75l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. It has a nice medium sized dense almost creamy looking head on top of a clear deep dark ruby red warm body. Looks quite good in the glass. Not to extreme on the nose. I get a nice little malty sweetness with a faint fruitiness touch and a hint of yeast. Quite mellow and mild. It feels light oily in the mouth and the carbonation level is small and prickling on the tongue. Soft watery coffee essence flavored and other than that I have to say that this was surprisingly neutral in the taste. Sugary sweet and light malty, other than that this was quite a neutral tasting (and dare I say a bit boring?) one. 18.12.2013
mmahut (1017) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours in dark ruby with low foam. Aroma is brown, yeasty, plum. Taste is sweet, medium biterness. Palete is boring. Body is light, oily, alcoholy, low carbo.
Joakgust (920) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 75cl - Clear copper brown beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, spices, red berries and herbs. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, yeast, nuts and spices. We’ll balanced and fruity Christmas beer.
Moravius (530) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flasche vom Bierzwerg-Online-Biershop. - Dunkles Rotbraun. Volles, dunkles Malz, leicht herb und nicht süß. Brotkruste, Pflaume und eine deutlich hervortretende, eigenartige Note wie von Moos. Pikante Säure. Im Abgang kräftige Röstmalzbittere, krautiger Hopfen und wieder der leicht kühlende Effekt der moosigen Aromen. - Ungewöhnliches, mutiges Weihnachtsbier aber gewöhnungsbedürftig.
trekkinando (17) - - DEC 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottiglia a casa. Schima abbondante rosata. Colore mogano fluida. Aroma intenso di malto arrostito che copre tutto il resto. Gusto non molto intenso leggera astringenza e finale anche troppo amaro. Corpo pieno ma amaro troppo eccessivo.
DuffMan (6886) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Christmas dinner with in-laws. Medium brown, reddish copper highlights, light beige head that leaves coils of lace. Aroma is musty yeast and dark fruits. Rustic yeast opens the palate, leading into raisins, light cocoa, light marzipan. Not as complex as I had hoped, but nice enough. Leaning toward an abbey dubbel in character.