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 (2003) - 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 (913) - 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.
Lubiere (9085) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany leather cloured ale with off-white head. Semi sweet spiced aroma with yeast . Orange peels and coriander, with smooth alcohol. Nice balance of spices and alcohol. Nov. 28 2004 at MartinT.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, ANDY’S; Poured dark ed burgundy /brown. Fruity malty aroma, maybe raisin. First sip was sweet , but the alcohol kicked in. A rariy to find this on tap. Very nice finish.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Very malty and toffeeish Belgian "Christmas Beer" with some nice fruity hints too. A bit too sweet and alcoholic for me though.
Rerate: I definately underrated this beer at 3.5.
skortila (4178) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma consists of dark malts, fruit and anice. Bit bready and some yeast. Dark brown coloured with a lasting, off-white head. Taste is sweet, malty, anice again. Some bread. Balanced taste.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really n’ice la Chouffe!. Dark red colour, nice aroma with a fruity smell.
Interesting and pleasant malty taste with a fruity taste.
Nice aftertaste with good palate. A very fine nutty aftertaste, not very heavy like you would expect from a 10%’ er. Drank it from the bottle.
One to have again.