bhensonb (11074) - 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.
OOKPIKABLE (86) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with thick, dense, very bubbly head. Aroma of butterscotch, honey, cherries, leather and alcohol. Tastes of the same. Oily mouthfeel with lingering aftertaste. Really nice.
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
600ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau, Quebec. Dark amber in colour with a thin off-white head, light lacing. The aroma has lots of spice, bread, dark fruits, some caramel. The flavour is lightly spiced, some bread and caramel, yeasty. Filling with moderate carbonation. Finishes very light alcohol warmth, more spice.
yiannnos (867) - , CYPRUS - JUL 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Medium body, brown colour. Sweet, plums, figs, caramel, holiday spices.
fiulijn (14556) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Legacy Liquor, Vancouver
Pours a beautiful clean dark amber color with generous compact head; slowly gushing, probably the first time it hallens with a Le Trou Diable beer. Aroma of bread, maybe some rye bread, caramel, very light spices (stollen). Soft mouthfeel, lean; some malt and caramel flavor; the light spicy profile tends to provide some soapy feeling, very light star anise; relatively low bitterness. Traces of yeast and esters.
Not impressed by this one, the base beer doesn’t have notable qualities and the spices don’t make things better.
Lukaduke (2192) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a amber caramel color with big fizzy eggshell foam. Lots of spice in this beer as expected... nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, anise. The body is light and mouthfeel somewhat sticky. Nice toasted malt backbone but the caramel sweetness and heavy spice just don’t come together as nicely as I was hoping for . Would have liked to see a bit more body to the base.
matbigrey (45) - Mascouche, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
600ml bottle. I like this beer. Nice head, clear orange color! aroma is cinnamon and roasted sweet, a bit shy but ok... tastes like red berries and cake fruit ...well balcanced but a bit shy to me... I expected it to be more tasty ! but it is good! cheers
Metalchopz (2286) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at Brothers Beer Bistro. Pours a nice hazy orange-red colour with a beige head that goes down quickly, but a ring stays around. Fruity nose with a good mix of dark and light fruits, spices and yeast. Wet mouthfeel with a little stickiness. Fruity malt taste with Belgian Ale yeast and very mild spices. Notes of oranges come out in the smell and taste as it warms up. Wish the spices were a little stronger, but still a nice Christmas beer that is different from others of this style.
wolffish (192) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bon produit, bien caramélisé et onctueux. J’ai toutefois l’impression que ce brassin (2013) est moins riche que ceux des années précédentes...
Finn (4210) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske 0,5l fra Vinmonolpoet, Tromsø Langnes. Drukket på Bergstua 29 Mar 13. Brun. Litt skum som raskt flater ut. Syrlig fruktaroma. Smaken er sammensatt fruktig. Svisker. Plommer. Aprikos. God - men litt uvariert. Avslutter litt tørt. Uklar siste kvelling.
stantheman (654) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at St Augustine’s in Vancouver. Lots of malt and fruit. Low on hops.