LinusStick (2823) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Blah. A rather tasteless and boring beer. Not much to it. Aroma was very weak. Could pick up some slight yeasty aromas but not much was there. Pour was a beautiful deep dark brown with ruby edges and a four finger off white head. Taste was as boring as the aroma. Not much flavor there. Was this a bad bottle? Very bland with a somewhat tart aftertaste. Literally not much flavor. Mild carbonation.
miquelcrush (1273) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.
harrisoni (13289) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Casper is back tasting. Lasting deep amber colour. Bit of puke. Not great bit perfumed. Soap perfumed not for me.
Scopey (6326) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Matteo. It pours deep amber with a small light beige head. The nose is earthy, must, wood, mild caramel, must and brown bread. The taste is wood, piney, bitter, varnish, light caramel, must, barnyard and spice with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Solid.
Leighton (10544) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at chriso’s. Pours mostly clear amber with a big, creamy light tan head. The nose has some Belgian yeast, toasty bread, caramel, ripe fruits. Medium sweet flavor with further bready malts, ripened fruits, some raspberry jam, mild earth. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish with plenty more bready malts, ripe fruits, berries, slight toffee, toast. Solid stuff.
poech73 (152) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille de 75cl Delhaize@ Florenville. Bière de Noël dégustée en été. Assez décevante à cause de son profil trop sucré. Elle offre un beau nez assez complexe que le caramel domine suivi du sucre, de la levure, un léger boisé et un houblon herbacé, quelques effluves de café. En bouche, c’est du lourd: la gorgée bien qu’ assez aqueuse se présente avec un profil sirupeux au goût de café fort terminé par une certaine acreté assez fine. Le houblonnage en final titille la langue sur des notes minérales. Les arômes reviennent en rétro-nasal avec des saveurs légèrement fruitées (prunaux, figues,..) accompagnées de relents de pain d’épice laissant le palais assez sec. Je reste avec un drôle de goût sucré écoeurant jusquà mon gosier avec trop de persistance.
UXO (148) - CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with a fluffy two finger tan head, great retention, and moderate sticky lacing. Nose is dark fruit, chocolate, brown sugar, cola. Taste starts out sweet and slightly tart, finishes moderately bitter and slightly tart, with a little spiciness. Medium body and slightly slick, with moderate to low carbonation, with a bitter slightly warming finish.
Yes, OK, it’s a wintereenmas beer, fine. I have to start paying more attention to expiry dates in my bottle shops - this one had a best before of February 2014 but I bought it in June. There’s no significant hop profile in this, but perhaps that can be attributed to being past its recommended maximum age of eighteen months. That being said, it doesn’t seem off in any way. An inoffensive Belgian dark, malt dominated and easy drinking.
thepeter (278) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not what I expected. frothy head with nice lacing and lasts throughout. Smells of fruit, berries, nuts, yeast, candy and metal. Nutty and yeasty ester to begin with, really quite dry and not so sweet but still a bit of spice and a slight heat from booze at the end. Smooth on the palate good carbonation quite a bit lighter than expected as well. Different than most Xmas beers but still pretty good.
Taboada (282) - Compostela (Galiza), - JUN 3, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted on tap at 02/06/2014. Dark brown with a small head. The taste is dark fruites, cola and veeery sweet. Aftertaste is a little waterly and the only intensive in the taste is the sweetness. Next one please!
glennmastrange (2229) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy cookie and cereal for the malt, light cooked orange and dough for the hops and yeast, with a hint of toffee. Head is small, frothy turning wispy, off-white with slippery lacing and is mostly diminshing. Color is murky dark brown. Flavor starts moderatly sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, a little slick with a lively carbonation and a lightyl alcoholic finish. A tasty Belgian Strong Ale with a nice warming quality.
jfb (3705) - Freising, GERMANY - MAY 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) pours a hazy ruby-brown colour with a creamy light beige head. aroma of cactus juice, nettles and pears, slightly yeasty, with notes of tobacco, brown sugar, peanuts and roasted malts. flavour is mostly roasted malts and peanuts, with a light sweetness, some cappuccino, herbal hops, grass and a hint of alcohol in the finish. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.