douglas88 (6042) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle at the Bayou. Pours a totally black color with a medium brown head. This is not what I think of with a Belgian Strong Ale, more of a porter. A sweet nose of chocolate, roast and fruity hops. The flavor is a very hoppy and spiced up solid porter; roast, chocolate and coffee, bitter hops in the finish, some milkiness. A solid brew, Mike commented that this was like a Mole which is a good descriptor.
thewolf (11188) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bought @ Skjold Burne, Roskilde.
Deep brown pour with a firm, staying, creamy, beige head. Nice lacings. Aroma has lovely complex caramel, toasted, light chocolate, plums, raisins, holly, light cloves, milky, some piney hops. Highish carbonation, lovely creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is elegant, some ginger and cinnamon mixing in with the chocolate and dried fruit. Cocoa nibs, piney hops, vinious and warming. Soft malty bitter and milky notes in a quite bitter finish. Really lovely this year!
hackobock (1391) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown/black with a thick tan head. Roasted malt, spices, dried fruit in the aroma. Sweet with a mild bitterness finishing off. Medium body and carbonation.
MikaJuhani (28) - FINLAND - NOV 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice roasty aroma, pours great brown head. Good strong balanced taste with good dose of hops. Medium body with creamy texture. Nice bitter finish.
Overall nice Belgian style strong ale but where is the xmas?
Tero (42) - FINLAND - NOV 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate, coffee, bread, alcohol, black, heavy cloying sweetness, soft carbonation, long finish. Very nice and strong christmas beer, makes me happy but doesn’t blow my mind.
mjs (4622) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 0.375 l - batch 201120, from Alko, 20111124) The beer poured almost black and clear. Its head was medium sized, fizzy and light brown. Aroma had chocolate, liquorice and mildly spices. Palate was full bodied, warming and bit oily with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, chocolate, ash, orange and bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty and bitter. Very strong flavours but spices were luckily mostly in the backgroung. Good in small portions.
Rune (8066) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
200ml on tap at Ørsted Ølbar. Coal black body, fragile lacing, naked surface. Exhibits a great aroma of dried fruits, Christmas spices and anise-like malts. Comprehensive and well balanced taste character of pine needles, dark fruits added by coffee and nuts. Spiced bitter ending. Full bodied but not too heavy to drink. My friend Esben said that this was the best Yuletide brew he ever had tasted, and it’s truly flavoursome one (Copenhagen, 05.11.2011).
JohnnyJ (4368) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour, with a medium sized light tan head. Dark fruits, dry roasted malt, a fair amount of bitterness, christmas spices, light chocolate, and molasses. Not really what I was expecting, more burnt and bitter, and less rich sweetness. Still a decent holiday ale.
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Opaque dark brown with a small, rough off-white head. The aroma is a bit odd, a strange spiciness but also gluey with distinct alcohol. Full-bodied with dried dark fruits and brown sugars. Alcoholic finish. I bet age would do good to this. 041111
Marsiblursi (3009) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours dark brown with a large sized light brown head. The aroma holds Christmas spices - ginger, clove, nutmeg, light cardamom and soft pepper alongside notes of fruity esters, mild green hops (pine/herbs/grass/green citrus), liquorice, earth, raisins, berries, spicy brown sugar/candi sugar and light phenols. The nose is warm, bit creamy an quite complex and reminds me a bit of swedish glögg. The flavour is light to medium sweet, medium bitter and light ascidic. Tones of, spices, liquorice, gingerbread, pine, brown sugar, dark fruits, glögg and light smoky phenols. The mouthfeel is creamy, soft and round with a light carbonation. Light numbing and medium bitter finish. Christmas spices and grapefruit lingers. Medium to full bodied.