haukur (1742) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JAN 10, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
huge yeast aroma. Cloudy brown with a huge head. Starts very well, but is a bit watery and bland. Ok to sample, but nothing I would buy. Thanks to my friend Simon for bringing this from Norway
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Chris O’s tasting, 26th Sept 2008. Cloudy deep brown colour. Overly sweet and bland with little depth. Far, far better Belgian Christmas beers are available!
Dedollewaitor (15537) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
25cl bottle at Delirium Cafe. Pours dark ruby brown with a small white head. Sweet and vinous nose. Dark fruits and yeast. Plums , rasisins and caramel. Full bodied. Very nice!
cgarvieuk (21585) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at home ... brown thin head ... WAY over fizzy ... light fruity roast nose ... spicy toffee maltys ... some cherry ... not up to much
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, brew 9% Vol Alc, last tasted at KBF2008, complex brew, balanced, hazy, good head, nice X-Mas brew, the best of the Silenrieux-range
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
250ml bottle full to brim from under the stairs. Odd, complex aroma of chiccory roast, molasses, butter, blood, chocolate, yeasty edge, hint of vinegar. Dark ruby with a silky beige lid. Dab of Flemish brown/sour, cherry fruit, bottled Mild chocolate and earthy yeastiness, distinct cask notes, iron, lightly roasted malts. Intriguing, sweet-sour, savoury brew with aged splashes.
goozen (3810) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Kerstbierfestival, Essen: Dark red christmas ale, starts with an farm like smell, but it will be sweeter and also better.
espenra (994) - Kurland, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. It poured a dark amber colour with a medium big
creamy white head that settled down slowly in the glass. The aroma smells of
alcohol, apples, grapes and hints of vinegar. The flavour was suprisingly flat compared to the aroma. The flavour is a bit sour and tastes of yeast and apples. It has a very short aftertaste. This is a good beer for people that prefer wine.
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the Angry Fist of Santa tasting at Chris_o’s. Cloudy brown/amber with thin beige head. Good red fruity malt. Some sourness on end. Decent.
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice hazy ruby tinted brown coloured body with a thin tan head - not bad, but no head at all after a few seconds. Aroma of fragrant plums, caster sugar, caramel, alcohol, raisins and a bit of grapes. Medium-bodied; Strong assertive carbonation with a very mild taste - showing mostly pit fruits and malt. Aftertaste is also subtle with a more melony type sweetness, coupled with a light whiskey flavour. Overall, this one turned out to have a good look and nice nose, but the taste just wasn’t there. I sampled this 25 cL bottle purchased from Le Bier Tempel in Bruxelles, Belgium (for €1.75) on 02-January-2008, sampled back stateside in Washington on 09-October-2008 while thinking about the next trip to Belgium.