schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75 cl bottle, ’bbe’ 2009. Very dark cherry red with a dark copper hue, unstable off-white head. A complex spicy sweet nose with every sniff revealing something else: coriander, orange peel, toffee candies, perfumed chocolate, biscuits, plums. The alcohol is not obvious in the smell, but it does tickle the nostrils with its ‘inhaling’ effect. Much more alcohol in the taste, which is otherwise grainy, pretty sharp spicy and bitter; less refined than the aroma. Juicy body, very warming alcoholic finish. Should have more character for this strength.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 Dark brown, beige head. Complex malty sweet aroma. Malty flavour with christmas spices. Yeast. Banana. Hides the ABV very well. Devine.
Xmas 2011: According to my sources, moortgat has changed the recipy for this beer. Hard to tell the difference. Its (still) a very great ale.
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Lou18. Dark hazy brown body witha creamy beige head. (3+) Spicey alcoholic aroam, mild malt and whisps of orange peel. Deep malty flavour base underscores a spiciness aggressively eager to come through. Lightly fruity waves are overshadowed by dominant stereotypically Belgian alcohol character. The booz is prominent but not unpleasant; warming. Fruity Christmasy feel to it. Medium to full bodied palate. Quite nice.
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
e75cl Bottle. Poured a murky dark reddish brown with a white tan head that lasted to the end lacing the sides of the glass all the way down. Aroma was a had a alcohol smell with a sweet fruity aroma. The hops just hints the flavor of this beer giving it just the right kick that it needs. Be care with this beer it is 10% alcohol but you don’t really notice it in the flavor of the beer to much. With the sweetness of honey or carmel and the fruits and with the roast malts you should enjoy this beer all the way to the bottom of the glass.
saxo (16049) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Brownish red color, hazy, with a moderate whitish tan head. Aroma is alcoholish, fruity, sweet, and yeasty. Flavor is dry(alcohol) with a sweet finish, with some hop bitterness
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Foggy mahogany-brown. Alt-esque maltiness/wood qualities with some strong alcohol presence. Some holiday spices, very complex and thick.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slight hazy brownish amber with an average fluffy off white lacing head. Aroma is spicy, orange, a little metallic, peach pie, nice and fruity. Flavor of spicy yeast, orange, a little roasty malts. Alcohol was non-detect.
Nejhleader (1411) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
had on tap. fairly good stuff, sweet kinda candy cane flavour, with a hint of malts. Was very easy drinking too, it was gone before i knew it.
BeerandBlues2 (11661) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cL bottle from www.belgianshop.com. Pours mahagony with minute bubbles quickly rising to greet a rocky tan head; creamy lined lacing. Yeast (earthy, cobwebs) and oak, caramel malt aroma, alcohol notes and wheay dough. Sweet candied caramel, maple malt like brown sugar melting on your tongue flavor, medium bitter and acidity, spicy apple hop notes. Medium warm body with a fizzy, spicy dry finish.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at BJ’s Winter Ale Fest. Beer poured a murky dark amber with a small, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting head. The aroma was full and engaging: moderately malty with nots of toasted grain, caramel and molasses; moderately hoppy with notes of apricot and pine / resin; lightly funky with yeast notes damp cellar and mold; and different with moderate miscellneous notes of thyme, candy sugar and raisin. The flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter with a long, moderately bitter finish. The body was full, the texture was velvety, the carbonation was lively and there was a moderate alcohol feel in the ending.