Rangi (508) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 16, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Deep dark brown poor, nice off white brown head. Over all this is a syrupy sweet beverage that reminded me of cough syrup.Did not really enjoy at all.
Beerhammaren (893) - FINLAND - DEC 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
.75l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma is herbs, coffee, alcohol, dark fruits. Flavor is coffee, roasted malts, plums, alcohol, herbs, hint of vanilla. Swell beer!
Tide (1462) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown color, brown head. Roasty taste with malts, coffee, nuts, chocolate and spices. Roasty finish with toffee. Very good, spicy belgian strong.
suurjuust (844) - ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, small brown head with filmy retention. Nose is sweet, malty, yeasty, dark chocolate, dried fruits, hops in the background. Taste is sweet, malty, caramel, more chocolate, hints at espresso, roasted notes, spice. Slightly dry finish with mild warming alcohol.
Benzai (6418) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Sampled at OBER Kerstbierfestival 2012. Opaque pitch black color, small to medium sized light brown head. Smell and taste malts, some sweetness, port, slight hint of fruityness. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.
Cunningham (4019) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Traditional ale before christmas party with some friends.
Black with a big nice bubbly beige head that leaves a fine lacing. Chocolate and mild roasted malt aroma. Balanced sweetness and a mild bitterness. A bit dry texture. Toffee, chocolate and coffee flavour. Well hidden alcohol. Merry Christmas
[Bottle from Systembolaget in Strömstad, Sweden]
ekstedt (5215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (33 cl), courtesy of Nisse666. Deep chestnut, large beige head. Sugary and caramelly with some faint roasted notes, salt liquorice and spices. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Sweet, low to medium bitterness.
pintbypint (2382) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml brown bottle. 10.5% abv on import stick, 10.9%abv on beer label. Deep dark brown pour, kinda murky. tan head, frothy, creamy and sticky at the edges of the glass. Nose has dark chocolately malts, spruce, toffee, black liquorice. Taste has cocoa, chocolate syrup, spruce, alcohol, spice, marmalade, some odd saltiness. Malty finish, cocoa powder, yeast, spice, a little bitterness. Medium body, light in the mouth, relaxed carbonation. Pretty big beer, some aging would definitely round things out. Overall, some interesting flavours, but just to big a beer to really get into at the moment.
gnoff (7448) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle thanks to Nisse666! At ekstedt’s x-mas beer tasting, on December 14, 2012.
Our bottle was marked 9.1% ABV. BB 28/08/18.
Dark brown to black color, brown head. Sweet, rubber, chocolate scent. Sweet, sugary, grains, spicy, salt licorice taste. Warming alcohol. Medium to thin mouthfeel, medium grainy bitterness. Salt licorice aftertaste.
max3517 (5) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2012 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
If I could give this beer an 11 I would. It’s perfect. Sorry I’m not so good at explaining what I like and don’t like. But I love Belgian beer and this one is now at the top of my list.