GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper brown pour with a fluffy off white head. Fruity, malty aroma with a little spice and just a hint of hops. Good balance of sweet fruits, malt, vanilla and understated hops. Fairly clean and warming finish. A really nice winter ale which helped ring in the new year.
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Elf strikes again. This little elf brought many presents froma nother continent. He brought some raisins and some caramel. The elf should have borught the antacids, as the acidity will tear a hole in my gut. Very warm. Nice spice kick, which is likely the thyme sitting on top of this loaf of bread. A N’Ice New Year’s Eve beer.
turbothy (1046) - Bonn, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very sweet, very fruity beer. Nice alcohol handling, great for New Years Eve :)
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown body with an average belgian head,aroma,and taste.good but nothing outstanding.
freekyp (1460) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tis the season eh! Strong and fruity with prominent plum notes. This brew is all that. It takes everything it means to be a Belgian ale, and pushes it one step further. Hyper effervescence, plummy sweetness and a long fruity finish support this heavy heady brew. A towering reddish tan head floats on this dark mahogany brew. The aroma is full of clove and other spices and reminds one of sugared plums.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004: At first I didn’t like the Belgian yeastiness and fizzy carbonation, but as it has warmed and settled down a bit, I really enjoying it. It has a nice bronze/mahogony color with a rich/foamy brown/white head on it that lends its services throughout the whole experience. Aroma is mainly Belgian yeastiness with a little toffee and spice. Taste is bready and yeasty. the malt comes through nicely and has a good toffee flavor. The aftertaste is slightly bitter which a kind of don’t like in this. It’s very fizzy and medium to thin bodied. Good, but it’s just not my style.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 Malty nose with some anis and yeast. Dark reddish colour with small beige head. Malty flavor with some spices. Nice palate.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle: Very light aroma of malts and spice. Thick and stubborn head that does not settle down for quite some time. Color is a dark amber red with dense brown tint. As the back label suggests to be served after dinner at 60 degrees fahrenheit, i have let it warm up a bit after a fine christmas dinner. The thyme and other malt spices such as: cinnamon, allspice, and clove are clearly present. On the aftertaste flavor, the orange peels become more noticeable along with a purple grape sourness. I would imagine after a couple years of cellaring this ale will be even more better.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Bottle. Crisp hoppy spicy yeasty aroma. Dark tawney appearance with full off-white head. Fruitcake, gingerbread flavor with fruity apricot , cherry and orange flavors with pleasant warming alcohol. Lingering spicy finish. Excelent Winter warmer.
rajendra82 (932) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Limited edition 2003 green bomber (750 ml.) with no cork. The poured beer was dark red in color with large billowing beige head, and nice lace.
The aroma was cherries, clove, brown sugar, and warm spices. The taste was tart-sweet (apples, cherries, pear) with a spicy (ginger, clove, nutmeg) kick. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, but was enhanced by explosive latent carbonation. This is quite a warmer due to the inherent alcoholic strength.