Ernest (7249) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly yeasty (basement), with notes of gum, allspice, apple, plum, sugar.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent.
The spices seem to come out more as bitterness than aromatically. Fizzy and sweet in the mouth, with a finishing bitterness that seems amped up from, as mentioned, spices. Overall it’s ok, but not very memorable or distinctive.
BigBeer45 (1414) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
has a murky, dark brown and dark red pour with an off-white / light tan colored head, after the head deflated, there were small mounds of bubbles in the center of the beer, it is hard to see the bubbles flowing in the beer while looking into the glass because it is murky and dark, there is a stream of bubbles in the center of the glass, left some nice spotty lacings on the glass,
this beer had aromas of bread, dark fruit aromas of prune & raisin, and spices that are a little more than in the background, faint pepper and esters, brown sugar and raisin-prune fruit sweetness,
flavors consist of dark fruit with faint spices on the palate, the spices are hardly noticeable (less so than noticed on the nose),
a little pepper, there is a little citrus flavor, some fruit and malt sweetness, the spices do give a little pepper and heat on the palate, I think the ginger may have been a bit much in the drink, a little less would have been preferred,
mouth feel is less than medium to medium, and there is some creaminess,
letting this ale warm up brought out the aroma and flavor, I thought the spices were pretty balanced for the most part, even after the ale warmed up to almost room temperature, a nice spice drink.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very nice looking murky brown with thick, foamy tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, brown sugar, horse blanket, pepper and some dark fruit. Flavor is very much the same and the flavors are fairly aggressive but balanced with nice complexity. Mouth feel is medium body with high, fizzy carbonation. Overall, excellent brew!
TreadyTalk (15) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of wine and dried fruits. Dark, deep ruby appearance. Moderately bitter, somewhat harsh. Rich with old, dark fruits.
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured ruby brownish with a decent off-white head.
Strong aroma of spice.
Strong spices in the taste, with a more alcoholic finish.
Great winter ale.
Would definitely have this again.
thegreenrooster (3934) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is a murky dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma is stellar. Lots of spice, Belgian yeast and a intense brown sugar. Flavor is lots of coriander and spice. Finish has more yeast and a bit of alcohol. Wonderfully flavored beer for a cold winter night. Bonus is that the place i bought this charged me half of what they should have for this beer.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft. Pours ruby with a small white head. Flavor is massive ginger with cinnamon, applejuice, and booze. Just a mess of spices with almost no body.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BB 09-15. The pour is a hazy, blood red color with a moderately full, yellowish, frothy, fluffy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some tight, lace rings. The nose is fruity with notes of blueberry, orange peel, pound cake, brown sugar, baking spices (mace?, ginger), candied date, and a faint eucalyptus note. The flavor is similar with spicy notes of cinnamon, faint white pepper, candied dates, candied oranges, pound cake, faint ginger, some brown sugar, and the same eucalyptus notes. The palate is nice with a lively carbonation, medium full body, mild warmth, and a velvety mouthfeel. The finish is fairly long, lightly acidic, still mostly sweet with still the cake notes, some faint chocolate emerging, still orangey, and the spicy warmth finishing off where the spicy notes left off. Usually with these over-spiced beers, you tend to lose the character of the base beer. But this beer has a big enough and strong enough base to add complexity with spicing, albeit they do dominate most of the nose and flavor. Nice offering from Ommegang and certainly something I would like to keep in the cellar to see what the spicing would do with age, even with its impeccable drinkability now.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Poured a hazy, deep, raspberry preserve ruby with a non-lasting, temporary head. Aroma is all acetone and nail polisher
remover. Taste is boozy and seems like I just had ocean water go up
my nose. Some ginger in the body along with tons of cinnamon and alcohol. Massive booziness. Numbing mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel but no head. (?) Brewing flaws abound.
Travlr (20929) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared with Bryan, Dan and staff at Brasserie Beck. Decent copy of a Belgian Christmas ale, with nice spice and some sweetness. Can’t complain.