yngwie (12565) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. It pours a deep amber to chestnut colored body, not entirely clear. A dense, finger-thick, light beige head sits patiently on top. The aroma is lightly perfumed and flowery, with banana esters and malty sweetness in the back. Some bubble gum and a faint spiced hint too. And the alcohol is detectable as well. It’s lightly warming on the palate, with caramel, bread and some sweetness as a foundation for banana and some bubble gum and spicyness. Cardamom and cloves I think it is. It’s full-bodied, quite effervescent and warming on the palate. Some bitterness shows up in the end, but it’s mostly the bready, caramel sweetness and banana that runs the show. Quite lasting finish. A fine beer indeed, although a bit on the sweet side. Reminds me very much of a weizenbock with hints of Belgian-style sweetness. Think I’ll have to buy more of this one. 130303
thebeertourist (4620) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Red copper colour with a dense beige head. Sweet and spiced fruit aroma. Quite a lot spices in the mouth, some aniseed, definitely on the sweet side. Not quite there.
gunnar (4745) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat. Pours clear deep amber with a tiny white head. Aroma is malty, caramel and fruit. Taste is sweet prunes, spices and caramel. High carbonated, ok beer.
Ernest (6018) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of cinnamon, clove, cola, orange peel.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Pleasant and clean but not very exciting or particularly satisfying to drink.
marcus (5896) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits, San Francisco. Pours amber with a decent beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a dry caramel malt flavor with a nice yeast presence and some tasty spices.
oRos (976) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Aroma is spicy. Color is an amber with light white head. Taste is nice balance of malt. And belgium yeast.
drjay44 (2449) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, poorly retained, becoming a thin film head, over a hazy brown (SRM 20) body.....nose is plum, date, allspice....tastet is sweet honeyy, dried fruits including plum, raisin, spice including cardamom, light clove, hints of allspice, finishing with a light bitterness.....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, mildly astringent, carbonation adds a pleasant fizz. The spices and honey are both done with a deft hand, making for a spicy, sweet combination, that results in a nice beer. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
bhensonb (10215) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Davis Co-Op. Pours hazy dark copper amber with a 3 finger creamy /fizzy beige head. Nice aroma of xmas spices - no one spice seems overwhelming - could be cardamom standing out. Med body. It’s nearly creamy. Flavor is very spicy, and there’s a very strong Belgian yeast/spice aspect. Esters of banana/pineapple? Dark malt/dark fruit throughout. Seems to have a touch of chocolate as the flavors wash away. It heads towards dry - but doesn’t quite get there. It’s a little bit earthy in the finish. Nice.
crossovert (6146) - Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice winter warmer here. Spiced but not too much. Solid belgian dubbel styleale.
wlajwl (3486) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is dark fruit, mild alcohol and a strong hint of sweetness. The flavor is dark fruit, sugar (possibly brown sugar), malts, medium to thick body from the honey and a mild alcohol warming in the finish.