miket25 (24) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Based on the ratings here I was very interested in tasting this beer. For me it was way to "sweet" with an aftertaste of plums and raisins that stayed with me long after I was done drinking. The appearance was a nice dark brown with a nice head, and the fragrance was beautiful. I just couldn’t get past the very fruity and sweet aftertaste.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Limited edition 2005; BB 2010. Pours a murky burgandy color with notable effervescents; head is beige, mostly full, and creamy/frothy with a fairly small amount sticking around and leaving nice tight Belgain lace. Nose is great; rich caramel and brown sugar-esque malts with some currant, orange peel, and a little floral with clove and yeast to back. Flavor is similar, rich caramel/chocolate malts, cinnamon, raisins, orange peel, some undefinable spiciness, and the thyme really makes for a earthy/floral flavor coming around towards the end. Palate is full, moderate carbonation, and silky, almost round. Finishes long and sweet initially with raisin and chocolate, but dries out slightly leaving more bitterness with the thyme (earthy/floral) and orange peel note. My favorite Christmas Belgain and up there with some of the other really good Belgians. The spicing is unique and really make the beer enjoyable. Like no other (a Belgain thing, apparently) and certainly something I will revisit when the next Christmas rolls around.
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Lot’s of fruity and spicy aromas off this brown pour with a decent tan head. Flavors were more dried fruit with a nice background of spice. Very nice winter offering.
tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the tap at Redlight, Redlight; hazy amber, crisp medium body, sweet aftertaste.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Map Room. Pours dark brown with amber hues and a beige head. Dark fruits and spices lead way to an earthy finish.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark red-brown colour with a big puffy long lasting head. Sweet malty aroma with spices and fruitiness. Quite a strong malty flavour with fruits and alcohol. Bitter-sweet aftertaste. A very nice brew indeed!
Palidor19 (3096) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a real pleasure to drink. the taste of dark fruits, caramel and a few spices make this a great addition to me ratings list. its got a cola feel to it and the taste doesn’t have the real alcohol punch that a Belgian Strong ale should have.
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2007 The aroma has dark fruit, caramel, spice, and yeast. The appearance is mahogany with a nice foamy head. The flavor is very sweet and quite bitter but mostly like the aroma. The palate is average for the style. Overall, it kind of reminded me of a bitter alcoholic spice cola.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JAN 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A deep red beer, with a big beige head. malty aroma. The flavour is fruity, spicy and yeasty, with a big sweetness and light hop presence. A sweet aftertaste lingers on your tongue for much time. A good beer.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Mahogany colored pour with a big off white head. Aroma, a little funky, some fruits, spice, sweet maltiness. Flavor, sweet apples, some cinnamon, yeasty. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, really nice brew.