nuplastikk (3817) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
250ml bottle. Lacey, effervescent, and rich. Deep dark ruby brown ale. Very well balanced in its use of spice and candi sugar (?). Clove and pine aroma, with a sweet finish. Recommended.
RudeLead (8) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hehe. Not everybody would like this... But at least for me who work with wine, this is a great brew. Some of the clesest you’ll come Lambic... Dark amber, slightly hazy. Aroma of light brown malt, animalic notes, red berries an vinegar. Nice wild yeast aromas, maybe a touch of bretts... Fine champagne’ish mousse with a bright intense, but not long lasting head (beet sugar’ish). Acidic entry on the palate, medium body, very dry vinous character. Then a slight malty taste with hints of sour strawberries. Aromas sit for a little while, but with a long acidic finish. Hints of mint in the after taste. Almost closer to a brut nature sparkling wine than "a beer". Most interesting... I love it, but definately an aquired taste.
BeerandBlues2 (8442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours clear brown with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, dark fruity esters and light earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with fruity esters, light hops with a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
Holmen1 (1670) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I runde syv på den store juleøltesten ombord på Fridtjofen des-12: den mørke fargen til tross var den lys i smaken. Meget smaksrik og med god drikkbarhet.
Oysteib (80) - NORWAY - JAN 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Reddish brown. Very sweet, slightly too sweet for my very sweettoothed taste, with hardly any bitterness. That the alcohol content is as high as 9 % is hardly noticeable. Fruity, strawberry candy. Not as much spice and herbs as one could hope from a christmas beer. But very pleasant, in its sweet way.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small beige head over stunningly beautiful red-brown beer. Nice nose, nutty, slightly oxidyzed (bottle 3 yrs. old), and somewhere a salty, smoked ham impression. Sweet, but aromatic malty and port-like flavour; oxydizing is more obvious, but in a very acceptable way: red fruit, alcohol, retronasal some walnuts. Slick but not sticky MF, alcohol obvious, and quite heavy body overall. Nice, but in 3 years this has aged a lot. Thankfully in the right way.
Gr0ve (2077) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
250 ml bottle. Dark ruby red colour, almost black. Tall coarse off-white head. Soap, yeast and black pepper aroma. Feels thin-bodied, typical of the style. Complex spicy flavours that blends nicely with the otherwise dry beer. It’s a bit hard to say what spices that are there, but I’m pretty sure black pepper is one of them. And there is definitely some secret spice in there. Gentle hop bitterness throughout, but it stays nicely in the background. Really well-balanced. Somewhat acidic at the edges. I’ve seen others put their thumbs down on this beer, but I find it really nice.
Dedollewaitor (13010) - 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!
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - FEB 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Splendida ale natalizia con sentori fruttati, di frutti rossi ma anche di mela, Elena suggerisce "uga merella" (uva fragola) e non ha torto, sia al naso che in bocca; deliziosa, la birra adatta per concludere una bellissima serata.
garza (564) - Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), VENEZUELA - DEC 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber brown with rocky tan head. Sweet aroma, malty, vanilla and fruits notes, some dough also. Good bitter taste balanced with medium sweetness, some malt and again the dry fruits. Round flavour. Medium/full body, soft carbonation, light bitter sweet after taste. Very good.