BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smell: boozey,malts,red fruits,strawberry,bittersweet
Taste: yeasty,very bitter,sweet,lots of herbs/spices, end is dry oranges, spices
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bortltled: Unclear pink beer with a fluffy, stable off-white head. Aroma is cheries, milk, malts. Taste is surprisngly hoppy and well-balanced. Sweetness, light sourness and bitternes are perfectly matched by a smooth mouthfeel.
jesperhammer (3495) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
24-DEC-2011, Christmas eve, from "Superbest", had it with Ris a la M’ande.
Orange/amber with fine lasting beige head.
Nose of caramel, cherry and vanilla.
Taste the same, but some hops kicks in as well.
Certainly better than the 2010 version that I did not like at all. More cherry flavor, better mouthfeel. Still not up there where Mikkeller can be, and still not real match with Ris a la M’ande.
77ships (5405) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sampled 375 ml. bottle @ Kerstbierfestival 2011: lovely looking hazy orange amber with a decent white head – S: sweet spices & delicious American hops – T: bitter American hops, pine & citrus, bitterness follows over in the aftertaste but I am also getting cherry juice now, nuts, slightly floral, malt & yeast base underneath somewhere – B: oily & medium carbonation – rather liked this
Nisse666 (5099) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Ölkonsortiet cons 2011-12-23 Karlskoga
AR: red fruits, cherries
AP: coper/pinkish, thick creem beige/pink steady frothy/stouthy head, greet lacings
F: krisk, wee bubbly carbonation, warming feeling, lime, sour fruitiness, fruit juice, it was a bit weired beer that after 1/2 hour was much better then to begin with!
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Split with and courtesy of Tom. Pours a dusty light maroon with a bit of bubbly lace across the surface. Aroma of raspberries, cherries, and some smooth, nutty notes. Medium bodied, almost light, with a somewhat thin palate. Tastes a lot more like raspberries than cherries, with some nice tartness on the tongue. Finishes with some creamy cherriness. Decent fruit beer.
stouby (4067) - Holbćk, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2011
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle at home.
Hazy orange with an off-white head. Aroma moderate malty, sour fruit. Flavor light sweet, heavy sour, fruity, cherries, salt. No signs of almonds and vanilla. Light body. If I brewed this, it would have been thrown out!
bhensonb (12455) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours a ruddy plum juice color with a creamy slightly pinkish head. Aroma is something like nuts and cherries. Med body. Flavor is sort of flat cherry with greasy nut. Not exactly walnut and not exactly brazil nut. There’s a bitter that seems like walnut skin. There’s also something of cherry fruit. Even a hint of chocolate. Lot going on with this one.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, Kerstbierfestival Essen 2011. Hazy amber to orange coloured beer with some very light carbonation and a small off white head. Light little fruity aroma. Medium to full palate. FInish is bitter hoppy, slightly fruity and a longer sweet floral/fruity hint. Rather strange brew. Medium.
shoulderbroken (2733) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Craft. Orange amber and slightly cloudy with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, jammy, maybe strawberry and cherry. Taste quite like a jam tart, bit of pastry and some sweet fruitiness. Not too sweet though. Touch of underlying bitterness but only a trace. Very rich smell but not overpoweringly so. Maybe even a bit of tomato in there! Further down gets a bit more malty. Beautifully drinkable and really really nice.