Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul. 2006 Limited edition (75 cl) pours a semi-hazy caramel amber brew with a fast dissolving creamy off-white head that reveals a creamy ring. Aroma of caramel malt, light dark berries, and a touch of holiday spice. Taste is smooth, creamy, medium to full bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of brown sugar, caramel malt and a touch of berries. Finish is a bit high alcohol with a sweet caramel and berry aftertaste.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bomb. Nice dark murky brown with a very thin white head. Aromas of sweetness of caramel malt, berries and slight spice. Smooth on the palate with a little carbonation. Very good sweet malt and yeast. Negligible alcohol. Very nice easy drinking brew.
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavy hoppy aroma. Huge frothy light brown head. Excellent lacing. Fully lasting longevity. Cloudy brown body. Heavy sweet flavor. Full palate.
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely smell of brown sugar and dried fruit. Sweet and sour, well balanced, warming. Very Belgian in the best sense of the word.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ Norøl juleølfestival’07. A cloudy brown beer with a dense, lasting yellowish head. Initial aroma of malt-sweetness and yeast, followed by some pleasant whiffs of wood, mouldy cellar, fruiity acidity and spices. Taste is refined suger-sweeetness and malt-sweetness with notes of berries, yeast, farmyard and wood. Medium to full body. Lingering bitter-sweet finish. A very nice, tasty and challenging Belgian.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 2003 Bottle, lovely cellared. Dark brown with a big not that lasting creamy coffee head. It starts quite slow, from obviously cocoa, coffee, and dried fruits, through banana and vanilla, to a sensual warming spicy vinous and a luxury cherry in alcohol. Full silky bodied, just a bit too alcohol for me. No trace of hoppiness but well balanced. Nice indeed.
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #454 -2003 vintage. Poured a dark brown in color with tiny particles of yeast. Fluffy, off white head fading into good lacing. This beer has mellowed and sweetened as it aged. The mouthfeel is very full and rich. Flavors are very malty/sugary. There are hints of spice that I hypothesize were a bit stronger when the beer was younger. Very good. I must find more.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/11/05. 750ml. Bottled 2003. Hazy mahogany with tan head. Candi sugar with sharp yeast aroma. Sharp thick malty with unfermented sugars.
Sigmund (5734) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 10%. 19 degrees Plato. Refermented in the bottle, unfiltered and unpasteurised. Ingredients include sugars, thyme and curacao. Hazy reddish dark brown colour, huge tan head. Pleasant but fairly moderate aroma with vinous notes, notes of oak and spices, hints of farmhouse. The flavour is distinctly spicy and oaky, with a substantial but not overwhelming sweetness from the malts and sugars. Some yeasty notes. Distinct hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Warming mouthfeel, but the 10% ABV does not dominate. As a Christmas beer, this one is better suited to accompany an English Christmas pudding than a main course of meats or fish - but is also nice to drink on its own.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have cellared 3 of these trying the first tonight. Pour is dark brownish red with small white head. Nose is that of yeast, coriander and other holiday spices. The taste is sweet, yet not unpleasantly so, with touches of dark fruit, caramel, holiday spices, and a nice warming alcohol finish. This is a great beer, get it while you can.