illkarate (115) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky black with a frothy tan head. Great aroma, hints of coffee, alcohol and yeast. Flavors of chocolate, toasted malt, coffee, dark fruit - especially ripe plums, hints of caramel. There is a bit of citrus during the middle of a sip. Very mellow finish - great flavor. Not as complex as some Belgian strongs, but this certainly helped Santa at my house.
sunevdj (3448) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Ølbaren. Pours dark brown with a light beige head. Sweet with aromas of dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Warming alcohol notes and some spices like orange and coriander. Full bodied. Soft, but long lasting carbonation. Spicy finish with just a touch of alcohol.
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled, 0.75l) Very dark brown with a medium, tannned and lacy head. Aroma of licoricey malt, cinnamon-vanilla spiciness, black coffee, hints of warming alcohol. Chocolatey-malty, slightly roasty flavor with anise, cinnamon-spiciness, medium bitterness. Medium-bodied, lowish-carbonated palate. A nice, christmasy and spicy strong ale.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big and bold, my sister-in-law says it smells like tar. I disagree. Deep and dark, lovely spice. Cocoa, holiday fruit cake. Yum
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2009 Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a tan, big-bubbled head. Nose is cocoa, yeasty, a bit dry, light. Taste is big on cocoa and brown sugar, with a big, spicy, yeasty note too, and a dry presence throughout. Hints of alcohol, but really well hidden - just a bit warming. Beautifully done. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit light. Lots of spices and cocoa overall, a very beautiful beer.
douglas88 (6959) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle drank at the Bayou in Salt Lake City, Utah. Pours out a dark and murky color with a large brown head. The aroma was very nice; loads of dark fruits, some yeast, lots of spices, not an aggressive nose, bit nice. The taste was initially a bit hot, but not anywhere near 11%. Some spices, sweet cookies, light vinous BSA flavors, and a bit of toasted malts. Very unusual, and just as they say, a spiced Belgian Ale. Nice.
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thorups, Aarhus, DK.
On tap, 211108.
Dark brown with beige head. Aroma of spices - anise and some coriander. Flavor is of chocolate malt and a sharp alcohol tone.
dalekliz (891) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at WeeHeavySD’s Halloween tasting, with thanks to KimJohansen! Pours a clear, deep, dark brown with a off-white ring. Sweet and sour aroma, of toasted malt, tart dark fruits, caramel, spices, and herbs. Taste is sharp, with sweeter burnt toasted malt, molasses, tart fruits, a lot of spices, and a hint of chocolate. Finishes clean and sharp, with chocolate and malt. Quite tasty.
joergen (22911) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Ølbaren.
Dark brown coloured with a medium sized lacing beige head.
Fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol.
Fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and hops with notes of yeast and spices.
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A strong, intense but very drinkalble beer. The aroma is dominated by cinnamon, dried fruit and a hint of alcohol. The flavour is very balanced with heaps of raisins and dates blending in with the cinnamon, coriander and cloves. There’s some hop flavour too, giving it a slight citrus feel. Ends very balanced and not too sweet.
Extremely balanced for a beer this size, but the bottles indicates, a brewing date in 2006...