TheBeerGod (5053) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Rusty brown pour with a thick, beige colored head. Strong spice in the nose, but a pleasant sweetness as well. Lots of coriander, some ginger, almost an incense-type note, light citrus, sweet malt and dusty yeast. Taste is, again, big spices but with a shade less sweetness than the aroma. More coriander, gingerbread, sweet malt, light toffee notes, and yeast. Body is light-medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Little is shown by the 10% alcohol. Ends with another pummeling by the spices, big yeast notes, candy, dried fruit, toffee, light cake, and citrus peel. Very tasty beer! Perfect Christmas-time drink!
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: I heard this was based on Scaldis Noel and if it is, it sure is an improvement; but then again it’s probably just way fresher not having to cross an ocean. It tasted a bit like Christmas. Very Belgian. Spices perfectly — not overdone. Hid alcohol fairly well. Bonus for being better than the sum of its parts.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark burgundy with crimson highlights and a small to average off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was moderate to heavy cookie and caramel malt; light to moderate yeast; raisin, cherry, port, honey, maple syrup, light alcohol, and Christmas spices. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was acidic and slightly bitter with an average duration. There was caramel, molasses, maple syrup, holiday spices, yeast, prunes, raisins, cherry and slight alcohol. The medium body was oily, but sticky on the lips, with rather fizzy carbonation and a very lightly astringent and then a lightly dry finish.
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour with red woody edges. Aromas of coriander, vanilla, orange peel, cola. Mouthfeel is silky, flavor is spicy coriander and smooth lavender, some sweet golden raisins and Candi. Finish is slightly medicinal and boozy. Yum
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours light brown color with tan head. Aromas of corriander and orange peel with some other spices. Similar flavors. Medium body with average carbonation and a slight burn from the alcohol. The spices they use just don’t do ot for me. Meh.
presario (4535) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was really looking forward to this one. Dark tea colour. More head in the bottle than in the glass. Chocolate citrus chai tea aroma. Thicker mouth feel than expected. Citrus up front. Minute Maid, chai tea, chocolate and diet coke. Too much going on in conflicting directions.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BCTC 2009. Pours a nice deep woody brown with a moderate lasting head. Aroma is nutty sugary sweet with lots of spice, orange zest, spicy black pepper and cardamon. Flavor is brown sugar and toffee sweetness, earthy spicy phenolics Belgian yeast, toast, burnt notes, spices all around, orangey and peppery, sharp yeastiness in the finish with some earth leather, light nutty roast- fairly dry finish considering the high abv. Nice.
JoeMcPhee (8214) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown pour with a thin head. The nose is quite lovely. Sweet figgy fruitiness with an initial intense spiciness. Anise and a bit of coriander and grains of paradise. The yeast is quite interesting with lots of dark spiciness and an intense fruitiness. Clove, banana, orange peel and a lot of darker cocoaish character, particularly as the temperature starts to increase. The wheaty malts contribute a soft spiciness in addition to adding a silkiness to the palate. Toasty and chocolatey. Sweet tasting with an excellent balance of dark fruitiness and dark toasted malt. A sort of dark Belgian chocolate flavour on the finish. Creamy palate as well. It’s a really lovely brew.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750->trappist: Pours a diminishing, thin, off-white head atop a heavily cloudy, amber body. Thin, sweet aroma. Full bodied, long flavor duration, heavily sweet, leaving a milky sweetness on the palate for quite some time after the first sip. I really like this particular take on a strong Belgian.
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Teresa’s. Pours a beautiful chesnut-hued, cloudy brown with a half-finger, soft beige head. Aroma of cinnamon, coriander, citrus zest, barley, sweet malts and hints of pepper and cocoa. Full, heavy body with a robust, thick mouthfeel and a beautifully spicy finish. Smooth and easygoing Beligan strong. Excellent brew.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: nice ruby body with a thick tan head that quickly faded. Aroma had a sweet fruitiness of dark cherries and figs, sugary phenolics, orange peel, mace, coriander, and slightly woody. Flavor started off briefly reminiscent of vanilla then went right into the spices, fruity fig, pleasant yeasty-bready phenolics, which meld into a pleasant warming woody-burn, all rounded out by a subtle bittersweet lingering finish. Palate was full bodied yet well attenuated, efferevescent and spicy with a warming edge. Very well crafted beer however the cornucopia of spices is somewhat dizzying on the palate and perhaps a little refinement couldn’t hurt in that regard.