popery (1389) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours a reddish mahogany brown with mild haze. The head is small and beige and fades to a ring of bubbles after a minute or two. The initial aroma is a tad boozy, but once I took a sip and stuck my nose in closer for a better smell, the alcohol presence blends into the mix of sweet malt, Belgian Christmas-y spicing and earthy yeast. Nutmeg, peppercorns, cinnamon, cookie dough, honey, gooey caramel, wood, raisins, figs, dates, candied plums and overturned earth. It’s warm and sweet. Kinda makes me think of eating fresh snickerdoodles and oatmeal raisin cookies next to a Christmas tree. It really just oozes Christmas in a Belgian-style ale way without getting cloying or overly spiced like many Christmas beers. More of the toasty, bready malt notes come out as the beer warms. The taste is similarly strongly holiday-ish - sweet, spiced and earthy/woody - without pushing any one note too hard. More honey flavor comes through than expected. It’s a warm, rich beer. Lots of malt flavor. There’s an unexpected hoppiness and a mild chalky note in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, though there is a bit of booze lurking around the edges. It’s mostly just warming, though. I had no real expectations with this beer, and happily, it turned out to be one of the best holiday spiced ales that I’ve tried.
Cunningham (4426) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Clear deep caramel brown color with a big tan head that leaves a nice lacing. The head ends up as a fine layer after a while.
Aroma: If I closed my eyes I could have guessed that it was a dunkel weisse. Lots of banana here. Also caramel malty, fruity and yeast.
Palate: Medium pluss body. Moderate sweet and a mild bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Sweet malty, fruity and a lot of banana. Yeast and a some warming alcohol. The alcohol is not disturbing.
Overall impression: Nice tasty and easy drinkable Belgian strong ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Oslo - Vika in Oslo, Norway.
Arve_Christian (3031) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On bottle from Vinmonompolet Vika.amber color, good foam. Aromas of er fruits, malt , dried fruits and spices- also good yeast influence. Medium body & medium/ high complexity .some immediate sweetness , but balanced very well. Very enjoyable
DYCSoccer17 (3305) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500mL bottle purchased at The Davis Food Co-Op. The aroma has some smokiness present, along with a bit of a rubbery, pool-toys component. Light fruity, spiciness. Kinda gnarly. Somewhat turbid dark amber body with a small, weak, quickly dissipating whitish head present. Starts a little spicy with hints of white pepper. Becomes sweet and malty in the middle with light caramel and some smoked maltiness, too. Pretty thin-bodied, though. Finishes with light berry fruitiness, which then follows with a burnt roastiness. An interesting beer, but too many things are going in too many directions. The body is thin, and the carbonation is weak.
tfredvik (1094) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A light gusher, but I still managed to get all the clear, dark copper liquid into my trappist glass. The frothy, smallish head is very short-lived and disappears almost completely and leaves virtually no lacing. Strong and sweet aroma with a fun mix of dark dried fruits and ripe banana notes. Also spices, Belgian yeast and a vinous feel. Moderate plus sweet taste while the bitterness in the finish is light. Quite sugary flavour profile with dark candi sugar, and again the dark dried fruits/ripe banana mixture. Spices, Belgian yeast and vinous alcohol. Even though I get spices both in the aroma and the flavour, I don’t find this very christmassy. Medium to full body, oily texture, moderate carbonation. Nice and sweet beer.
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 5 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Ullevål, Oslo]
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Beers of the World. Aroma of pine, spruce, nutmeg and allspice. Pours bright orange with slight film. Taste is sweet cherry, spices, and a floral potpouri. Very stick sweet in all the right places. This is a great holiday beer!
Bygers (734) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0,5l. Pours a dark amber color with a white head that diminish quickly and leaves almost no lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, mild alcohol and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is dark fruit, sugar, toffee, honey, malts.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
fellebag (772) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 50cl. White head disappearing, color hazy amber. Good carbonation. Medium body, gelly texture. Aroma of prune, blackberries, pine resin and honey. Roasted. Flavour of sugar, rum and dried apricot. Very sweet.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPad
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a deep mahogany body with a foamy white head. Aroma is honey and Christmas spice. Flavor is sweet and Christmas spice with earthy malt. Medium bodied and sweet.
OleR (4799) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 Bottle brought home from Vinmomonoplet Vika, Oslo. A tall lightly tanned cream head , atop a clear reddish-brown head. Pretty nice aroma of freshly cracked hazelnuts. Notes of jammy berries and something perfumey. Taste is sharpish spicy/herbal with a light sweet malt base. Grainy and nutty endnotes.