gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick frothy head light burgundy colour carbonation is good aroma raisins malt strong plum port wine clove note.Flavour fig plum raisin lovely malt smooth.The dark fruit taste has a touch of bitter with curacao the thyme gives it a smoothness no spoils in this beer.Finish bitter/sweet smooth dry.
hallinghansen (2753) - Odense SV, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown body with a big light brown head. Flavor is fruity (orange) and spicy.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 vintage. 12/13/08. chestnut ruby brown color. the head starts rocky settles into a soft frothy khaki cap. aroma is mild, dark fruits like plums, a touch of orange. smooth and creamy mouth feel. rich but not sticky palate.mandarin oranges and nutty chocolatey flavors spicy hops are soft and light. hust a little estery belgian character. a well balanced pleasure.
jefcon (1612) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich brown in color with a controlled brown head and some lacing. Great toffee, caramel, spice and bready aromas from the glass. Aggressive, spiced flavors and bright alcohol. One of the best winter seasonals.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good Belgian quasi-abbey ale. Indeed there is a lot of berry and other dark fruits present both in aroma and in flavor, along with maple, brown sugar, and some citrus way in the background. The carbonation was a little more than necessary. Overall it’s delicious.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red-brown colored with little light brown head. Spices and licorice dominate this aroma with some berry sourness, mild alcohol also here. Medium to full bodied. Flavor has also strong licorice with sour berries, mild alcohol also here. Aftertaste lasts with dry yeast and licorice still. Slight disappointment.
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark rusty copper with a huge tan head. High carbonation and a great aroma of Belgian yeast, light cocoa and oak, along with some dark fruits and spices. Almost chocolaty sweetness at first that turns into an overripe fruit flavor ending with a slightly hoppy, dry finish. I think the flavor is a little dominated by the finish but overall it’s a very full bodied beer with a lot of good flavor. No taste of the 10% ABV.
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 Edition. Pours dark brown with a thick off white head. Has a nose of yeast, fruit notes, and a touch of chocolate. Comes across the palate a tad on the overly carbonated side. Flavors of plums, yeast, and light spices, while the alcohol stays in the background. It has a mild finish, that doesnt linger too long. Overall a decent brew, quite balanced for a winter warmer I tend to think spicier.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown with some red on the highlights and a whisp of a tan head that lingers. The nose is spice, yeast, caramel, dried fruit and molasses, as is the flavor. Smooth on the palate and clean finish.
heemer77 (5289) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hard to believe I had not tried this one before. From a 2007 bottle sampled in late 2008. The body was dark coppery brown with a light yellowish khaki head. The smell is herbal with some bread and wood. The taste has some herbal thyme and is dry. There is also some wood and orange peels. I was not a fan of this really dry number.