BelgianBeerGal (3234) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
75cl C&C bottle from 2011, best by 2016. Pours a clear bronze color with a small khaki head and bubbly carbonation. The aroma reminds me of a quad with sweeter malt, molasses and some earthiness. Lots of spice in the flavor but also a strong malt backbone. Pretty tasty.
freeofthoughts (667) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark copper near brown with eggshell laying foam. Grainy sweet spiced Belgian aroma. Earthy musty Belgian grains, light funk thing with a lot of spices all over the wall. As it warms the sweetness rides with the spices and subdued them making it another and more approachable overall, pretty solid carbonation, lasting spice grainy dryness in finish.
thorongil2 (1351) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) hazy reddish amber colour with a tall brown head; aroma of spice, stewed fruit, orange; balanced, rich flavour, well hidden alcohol; nice
glennmastrange (2311) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt notes of cookie and caramel, moderate cooked orange for the hops, dough for the yeast, with raisin, brown sugar, cola and a mix of baking spices. Head is average size, frothy, beige with thick yet slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky medium brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter. palate is on the fuller side of medium, slick with a fizzy carbonation. Wow! This Belgian Strong Ale ranks right up there with the top Belgians of the same style.
dlbeer (832) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark orange pour with off white head. Smells of fruit and spices. Tastes of the same with slight alcohol.
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deyholla (6861) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice sweet citrus note with a decent amount of spice, some light fruits and a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has a bit less citrus but still the light fruit note with some sweet grains, a good amount of spice and a hint of earthiness.
jandd1983 (2684) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It poured a cloudy brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma was of sweet alcohol maltiness. The taste was of spicy alcohol with a great finish.
Swamp_Thing (36) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think I’ll store the other three bottles I have and compare what a little aging will do for this beer. At $15/4 pack this must be compared to a true Belgian Christmas Ale and I think it comes up short. Aroma is very nice but faint, vaguely sweet and spicy. Malt and orangey spices upfront on a bed of sharp carbonation, with the coriander lingering alone after the other flavors fade. Sticky and sweet, but not much complexity. Tasty but this is a good candidate for cellaring.
Dfonorow (1581) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share @ Surly Darkness day 2013. Deep red with a finger-wide khaki colored head. Aroma is of winter spices, citrus peel, banana, yeast, and red berries. Flavor is sweet citrus, cinnamon, sour mash, and booze.
Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The smell is pretty good but there is something about this one I just don’t like. I think the aftertaste is more like a weisse or a saison (beer types I do not like) than an ale.