Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A spicy thick molassy beer. Good nourishing sipper.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when almost 2 year of age. Tasting session with Montreal crew.
The look: Very dark brown body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Nose indicates a spicy rich beer that translates in the taste. A lot of molasses, black liquorice, medium spiciness (peppery, more…). Alcohol well hidden. Despite being on the heavy side of things the beer didn’t feel cloying or too heavy. I believe I could drink a full bottle without complaining. Huge improvement over the 2006 version. Good Christmas beer. They say Santa comes once a year, bullshit, someone who visits so many bedrooms certainly comes more than once a year.
Pinball (10135) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle, celebrating the recent dollar weakness. bbf 25-9-2011, brewed 6yrs before.
Almost pitch black, but i think actually very very dark brown. smooth small head with some lacings. looks very much like a stout ;-).
Aroma is a little bit swet fruity, banana, pear, roasted notes. orange, very mild aroma for a 11% beer, but quite complex. lots going on.
flavor is sweet fruity, dry, sort of stingy flavor at first. when warmed up, roasted grains also blends in. boozy, sort of like a port barrelled someting. flavor resembles perhaps dessert wine or portwine. an infected imp could taste somewhat along these lines, but i won’t accuse this one for being infected, its just... strange. some orange in the flavor too. alc is fantastically well hidden.complex beer.
grawk (12) - Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An interesting beer, sweet and chocolatey. I think a little less sweet would be more to my taste, but it’s definitely a good holiday beer.
after4ever (5729) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, corked and baled and foiled. Direct from the lovely folk at John’s Market. We really gotta get distros in this state keeping up with posting stuff like this. Not that I mind driving to PDX for beer, but I can’t do it every time they get something good that we don’t. Pours nearly opaque black, looks like an impy. Big, thick, creamy, surging dark tan head. Quite the perfumey, boozy nose. Maple syrup, molasses, little hints of bourbon and oak. Creamy medium body, not showing a heck of a lot of carb. Maple, bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses, dark brown sugar on the mid-palate. Some pie spice showing. Nice effort.
thedm (4849) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a very small sized head of finely sized brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a opaque no visible carbonation dark brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was bourbon and woody. The thin mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of spices and herbal. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This fruity and spicy Belgian-style Strong Ale lays out dried cherries and figs on top of molasses, before roasted malts, alcohol warmth and light tartness mellow out in the finale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the darkest brown.
-Carbonation is lower than expected.
-The spiciness is definitely Christmas-y, on the nutmeg and cinnamon side of things.
-Even though this wasn’t my favorite Mikkeller brew, I have to admit everything Mikkel creates is at least very good. Bravo!
TaktikMTL (5377) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Glouglouburp. Arôme: Odeur de petits fruits et d’épices avec une pointe chocolatée. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de mélasse fruitée avec une pointe d’épices et de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement aqueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #2646)
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with a tan head. Awesome earthy brown malt, sweet molasses spicy aromas. Super smooth medium body. Flavor mirrors aroma with medium roasted malts, dsark raisons, earthy molasses and sweet spices meshing nicely. Great xmas brew.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Pike St. Beer and Wine. Picked up just last week. If this brew wasn’t a bit dilute, it’d be what St. Bernardus was trying to do with their Christmas Ale. It’s like a good quad with spices thrown in. Pours glossy black, with a small, slow-forming and dissipating head. Sweet aroma - grapes, other dark fruits, candi sugar and some milk chocolate, balanced by a dash of hops and some booze. Reminds me of the Roche 10 on the nose. Vinous flavor, bringing a roasty note to the aftertaste and accentuating the hops, while pulling back on the spices. The only thing wrong with this is the palate. It’s a bit watery. I want more punch, and I want it to be livelier. If it had that effervescence, it’d be dang near perfect. As is, the flavor is all up front and doesn’t last nearly long enough, and it’s a bit weak. Still really tasty, though.
paiste2002 (175) - Saugus, California, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown almost black with a smallish tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, dark berries, prunes, and spice. Flavor is dark roasted malt, dark fruit, raisins, figs, brown sugar. Finish is dark roasted malt and dark fruit.