williamstome (1618) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cloudy ruddy brown head with off-white pour. Aroma has lots of spice, with some pine hops. Flavor is sweet malts with more spiciness. Chewy. A real treat.
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy, dark amber pour with a yellow-tan head leaving minimal lace. The medium body starts sweet with ripe bananas, raisins, candy and butterscotch, but quickly develops a hint of sourness and a spicy hop character. Orange peel, cloves and cardamom are evident at varying times as the ale warms, although the candy sweetness also continues to increase with warming and a slight whiskey character appears. There is a brandy warmth which starts early and lasts long after the last sip.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample on tap at the Brew Kettle. Pours hazy dark amber color with thin head. Aroma is belgian yeast, candi sugar, and bubble gum. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is dominated by the bubble gum and belgian yeast. Finishes dry.
adnielsen (10367) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 Tasted on tap at Falling Rock in Denver, Colorado. Very dark brown/red appearance. Sweet belgian aroma that’s pretty dominated by candy sugar. Sweet dark dark belgian body. Definitely some spices in there like corriander and orange peel. Good beer.
BrewBoxer (2508) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had from the bottle and draft. Dark reddish body with nice white thick head. Smells of spices and cloves. Tastes of banana bread and figs. Strong boozy aftertaste. The beer kind of reminds me of a hybrid between Schneider Aventinius and St. Bernardus Abt 12. Very good as is warms up.
italianjohn (2754) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish brown pour off white head ... aroma of grains of paradise, orange peel and herbs ... taste of fruity yeast, orange peel and spices little peppery grains of paradise ... very earthy and herbal with a peppery grain finish lots of flavor good stuff
drowland (7726) - Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11/20/10. 750mL bottle. Deep red pour with a somewhat fizzy off-white head that fades to a couple millimeters. Huge banana and clove aroma - HUGE banana... is this a hefe? Mixed in is the spices mentioned on the label. The flavor is the same... hugely sweet banana with some spices. Meh.
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a garnet medium dark brown with fine bubbled lasting tan head. Aromas of dried cherries, banana, clove, brown sugar. Tastes sweet and mildly tart with notes of toasted marshmallow, licorice, and orange and a spicy dry finish. Full body with lively carbonation and fluffy texture. Not bad but very odd. I think I drank it a bit warmer than ideal.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 bottle (with a best by of 09/2015). Pours with a murky bronze body and a very large tan head. Hugh retention and very good lace. Aromas of dried orange peel, mace, chocolate, molasses, cardamon, spiced rum, evergreen, coriander, belgian yeast esters. Definitely a strong holiday season aroma. Perfumy, Gluhwein. Flavors of cardamon, strong curaco orange, pear, attic, mulled wine (Gluhwein), estery notes, lightly woodsy. Interesting beer. Lively and creamy bubbles. Light acidity (not sourness) to the finish.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured a dark amber/brown color with a fair amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a lingering finish.