CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy dark brown from 750 ml bottle, forming a very large beige foamy head. Aroma of plums, raisins, cotton candy and carameled malts. Flavour sweet, spicy burnt plums with a creamy, yet abrupt alcohol slap. Rock candy dominates dark, burnt fruits. Decent beer, but not special.
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap. murky brown color. very sweet and bitter. good quallity. very xmasy. thick mouthfeel.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nut brown beer with above average carbon and an aggressive head. Dry, spicy flavour with notes of dark fruits (prunes, raisin). Bitter finish.
I also sampled the 1 year aged 2006 version. This was more smooth and soft, less bitter but IMHO slightly better.
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From 2007 on tap at Ølbaren.
Pours hazy and reddish/brown with a creamy tan head.
Aroma is sweet and hoppy with malty notes.
Flavour is noway near my expectations - smokey, hoppy and a little caramel sweet with dark fruits in the back. It ends in a bitter sweet after taste.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pour was a muddy caramel brown color with a large cream head. The fresh cherries and licorice root are the prominent force of this along with some caramel malt...body had nice carbonation and was somewhat silky at the start. Flavors consisted of herbal/licorice, cherries, caramel and some bread dough. One of my favorite holiday brews I’ve tried. Thanks Chris!
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. Pours a dark brown color and a massive tan head with great staying power. A sour apple aroma wafts out of the bottle and envelopes the room upon opening. Strong alcohol astringency overpowers the flavors at first, but softens gradually as the beer settles to room temperature. Flavors include licorice, candi sugar, caramel, and grains. Lively carbonation and full body. Good beer.
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by akevitt. Pours a rather muddy orange-brown body with tan foam head. Nice aroma of wine, dark fruit, cherry, caramel malts, yeast, and a hint of cocoa. Flavor is similar with a nice fruity and caramel sweetness at first, finishing slightly boozy with some spiciness. Smooth mouthfeel and lightly carbonated. Solid and enjoyable to drink.
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A deep brown beer with much to offer! Wonderfull fruity aroma with loads of malt, subtle spices and some vaguehop notes. The flavour is wonderful: Sweet but balanced. There are heaps of flavours going on, but it’s really hard to pinpoint them, which in my book is the trademark of great beer.
The finish is sweet and vineous.
This is a beer with a great aging potential.
uhre (384) - DENMARK - JUL 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a dark brown colour with a bit of red, the head is huge. Aroma is of caramel, yeasts and spicies. The flavor is also full of caramel, yeast, prunes and spicies. There is a brief moment where it gets sour on the tungue, but in a good way. A very complex beer.
baggio (334) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was the final beer i reviewed during a tasting of christmasbeers before i decided that i was too drunk to review any more beers so notes are a little off.
Appearance: Murky brownish with a beige head that vanishes quickly.
Aroma: Caramel, Fruit, Malts, Belgian Yeast.
Flavor: Dark Caramel, Spices, Belgian Yeast, Ripe Fruit.
Palate: A very sweet beer with little or no bitterness. Very belgian in style.
We tried a 2007 vintage of this and it was great. Up there with the very best belgians and then just a wee touch of christmas with the extra spices added. Recommended!