Gorbalev (2911) - Ontario, - DEC 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, LCBO. Pours a very dark brown, small brown creamy head. Intense ginger aroma, some malt and other assorted spices in there as well. Taste - ginger, but also a ton of peppery spice (cardamon?), roast, malt, and just about everything else delicious from my spice rack. Almost citrusy fresh, And almost too much - that linger is something else - but I like this one. Some Christmas ales can be too sticky or sweet (like fruitcake) but this one is tingly, refreshing, and just full of flavour. Another winner from these folks.
Svesse (6044) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Reddish brown colour with dense, beige head. Malty, spicy nose with cinnamon, ginger, dried fruit, orange peel, juniper needles, clove, coriander seed, caramel and a touch of oloroso sherry. Malty, spicy taste with notes of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, orange peel, clove, dark fruit, hints of coffee and liquorice. Fairly dry finish with a balanced spicy bitterness. Medium body, smooth and well rounded. Quite spicy, but well balanced and tasty. Nice one.
yy0pp (484) - - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2014 Bottle 50cl. Slunce ve skle 2013. Dark mahogany with a dark beige head. Aroma of spice, ginger, corriander, toasty malts, toffee and cocoa.
Erzengel (2397) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to rosenbergh for this great brew! Best før 08.08.16 - Brygget 08.08.13 - Batch No. 1808/1911D
This christmas-brew starts smooth-malty. The herbs fit in the mainpart quite well, but are not too intense. But I can taste them quite well - only the cinnamon is a bit low in aroma, but coriander, cloves and ginger is great with the malty body. The aftertaste is smooth, fresh-herbal with the spicy coriander and ginger aroma in the back.
Very great and interesting brew!
mmahut (902) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear dark body with low frosty head. Aroma has impression of cola like limonade. There are notes of anise, cloves, herbs. Like christmas cake, but first of this kind I have that is actually balanced. Taste has spicy, licorice sweetness with low earthy bitterness. Body is full, medium carbonation. It’s odd, but not bad.
jmgreenuk (4086) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a hazy dark amber with a frothy off-white head and some broken lace. The aroma is rich spicy red berry fruit, lots of cloves. Rather glogg like. The flavour is medium bitter, light sweet, with a spicy, fruit hop toothpaste bitter palate. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Quite an odd time of the year to be drinking this and in entirely the wrong place. It should be a log cabin in December in Svalbard... with a polar bear outside trying to get in!
leebotton (185) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like cloves, other spices, rich and very christmassy. Nice, tastes clovey, rich malt, leaves a numbing tingle on the tongue. Would’ve done well to keep this until christmas!
Ozckr (238) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
floral, cereal, chocolate, red, clear, minimal head, light sweetness, very bitter, light body, thin feel, lively, bitter,
Cuso (4278) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bottle Park, Bratislava. Dark chestnut brown color with small beige head. Christmas aroma with anise, cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamon, Roasted malt in taste with loads of Christmas spices, coffee, caramel, chocolate. It’s Christmas day today. :) Tasty beer.
Helsdon (130) - Toronto, CANADA - MAR 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a tasty beer, but something was a little off in the flavour. Anyway...poured a dark opaque coke-like colour with a tan head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a little lacing. Nose for brown sugar, ginger, clove - and here’s that off flavour showing up - a little camphor. The taste profile was very similar with a nice maltiness, clove, ginger, and once again that medicinal note that persisted into the aftertaste. It’s like they use black cardamom rather than green, but without the smokiness.
BitchPls (535) - FINLAND - MAR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown beer with a huge beige head. Smells like glögi. The smell is good but thankfully the taste isn’t as strong on the glögi side. It’s more of a mild IPA combined with glögi. Really good and balanced. Medium body. Very drinkable and refreshing. A really positive surprise!