obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich clear mahogany w/thick off white head. Fresh malt , peachy, toffee, cream, carmel, vanilla....wow! med mouthfeel, with a lingering sweet finish. Carmel malt, sweet, candy!, and cherry flavors. Soft yet rich! Wow!!
odinstyr (564) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy dark red-brown with a trace of a tan head. Smells of plums, spices, toast. Taste is sweet and mildly bitter - fruity - cherry and plum, thyme, hint of spiciness, orange.
BoltonDK (561) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home.
Nice spicy aroma, notes of hay and anis.
Clear reddish brown color , small head and small bubbles.
Medium sweet some what dry, nice balanced ale.
Bolton Brew Rocks !!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003:Dark mahogany. Large,lasting,khaki head.At first heavy curaco,and corrainder aromas dominate.Much underlying fruity/sweet malt,brown sugar,and yeast take over as it opens up. One of the creamiest beers ever,slightly gummy(yeast).Very creamy. Flavors are spicy,sugar,malt.Finish is lightly sweet,spicey and hop. Usually when I see this it is already a year or two old,I like those better,still good,would buy more to lay down. Thanks Kinz.
vickey9 (551) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red with a beige head. Nose is dark fruit. Body is full, texture oily and carbon high. Taste is sweet and bitter. Palate is ripe fruits, herbs and chocolate. Semi-sweet finish. B@H
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2009 Bottle (750ml) Aged roughly 9 months piror to tasting. Poured hazy dark copper with a small, fizzy, light brown head which was mostly diminishing. A rich aroma with sticky toffee malts, muscatels, burnt brown sugar, currents, caramelized dates, cola, cinnamon and hints of dust. Flavor was smooth with a very mild bitterness, toffee malts, rich fruitcake notes, stewed apricots, nutmeg, cinnamon and a warming woody finish. Noticeable alcohol content. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, a slightly thick texture and a good length finish. A little to much on the sweet side for my liking.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
fresh 75cl bottle. Dark red-brown with a thin beige head. Spicy fruit aroma. Flavor is not too sweet and not to bitter. its dominated by the alcohol, but not in a bad way. feels suprisingly thin and sparkly for such a dark ale. Another quaity brew by the fine folks at Chouffe
BrettTaylor (546) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into tulip. Aroma - malt, light spice, dark dried fruits. Taste is malty, notes of spices both from the thyme and the yeast. Very rich tasting, carbonation is prickly initially, but leaves a very nice medium length finish.
The Etruscan (544) - Tuscany, ITALY - APR 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Beige creamy compact head. Dark brown reddish color. Aroma is malty, fruity with spice, candy, raisins and banana notes. Flavor is moderately malty, slightly fruity with chocolate and licorice tones, ending in a long balanced finish. Full bodied.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 edition: Spices come out very nicely in the aroma - orange peel and thyme (I just happen to be using thyme for my Christmas roast, otherwise I might not have been able to pick it out). There is also a slight hop aroma, actually slightly skunked (green bottle), but this dissipated quickly. Bottle gushed, poured a nice brown color, pretty good head retention. Flavor is sweet at first, malty with a good dose of spices, and finished with a mild hop bitterness. Smooth medium body, high carbonation at first but calmed down pretty quickly. Not sure I like the orange peel-thyme combination, but they were definitely successful in hilighting these flavors in the beer. Overall the beer is nicely balanced and a pretty good Christmas Belgian.