MonsterMagnet (182) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, bb 6-2016. Pours ruby brown with a white (!) head. Aroma: dark bread, brown sugar, nutmeg, walnut, rum. Taste: dark cherries, candy sugar, wood, plums, black pepper, nutmeg, some wheat, vanilla fudge. Full bodied, well carbonated, lots of flavours. Sweet, but not too. Sweet, spicy and alcoholic finish. Lovely warming winterbeer.
TXBadger (1345) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber color with off-white head. Dark fruit, some hop floral notes, and a little toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate.
Marcius (204) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - MAY 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance with dark color (almost black) and good foaming.
Average aroma of wood and red fruit.
Taste is sweet, fruity and with notes of wood and wine.
olliejobbins (767) - Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. pours a dark, clear brown with thin creamy beige head. aroma is slightly smoky, malts, bread, yeast. good full mouth feel. lots of yeast and a little sharp fruityness. end is quite dry and quite oaky/smoky/dough-y. nice
solidfunk (3889) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some sweet plum. Cloudy reddish pour with ok head and lacing. Nice package and good balance. Finishes with light sweetness. Nice floral mouthful with Belgian yeast. Good beer in Chouffe’s repertoire. Tap at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont.
azzie (182) - - APR 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany color, hazy liquid. Full body. Medium sweetness, aroma of caramel and fruits. Very drinkable. Good one.
Beerhunter111 (7150) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig süß, fruchtig, würzig. Geschmack röstmalzig, hefig, fruchtig, dunkle reife Früchte, Karamell.
Iznogud (637) - CROATIA - APR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 750 ml at Pivkan, Zagreb. Pours brown with brown head. Sweet yeasty aroma. Malty sweet flavor with some fruits and alcohol. Some bitterness as well in the end.
Virvo (2) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The overall score is a bit higher than the seperate factors because the slightly above avg elements blend very well into a smokey sweet. Basically, if you think Christmas beers aren’t bad, but the elements never excited you, go for this one.
I’m subjective because I’m usually not that strong on Christmas beers, but this one ranks among the best.
It’s a little heavy on the sweet as with any Christmasbeer, but also heavy on some spices and alcohol mixed through which actually makes the blend better.
Heavy isn’t a bad thing here, since everything is ’heavy’ and nothing oversteps, and Christmas beers usually fade into sweetish iron or clove that never lasts way too often. So this one has some balls, kinda fire’ish and spicier alcohol.
njnut (228) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured at tasting a brown with small white head and little CO2. I thought this being a strong it would be a harder aroma and taste but it was lighter. Thick bodied with a dark fruit aroma and taste. Yeast in the finish with a cherry note.