eaglefan538 (2935) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from SL with some skepticism about the spices. The pour was brownish with a decent frothy head. The aroma was strong spices, cardamum, ginger-ish, coriander, oranges. The flavor was all of the spices, which wasnít necessarily good, but it was backed by enough chocolate and dark fruits, as well as bread and coriander/orange peels to keep this from becoming a train wreck. At one point, I thought it was a bit like a Belgian-dunkelweizen with that witbier influence, including exotic spices. Whatever, nothing great, but not bad, per the label and what was intended. Mouthfeel was full for the style of witbier/Belgian Strong, airy, carbonated.
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. from Macís on West Peachtree. Thought I would enjoy one of these after a stressful night at the hospital (worker not patient). Nice dark brown color. Translucent appearance i.e. some light gets through, but VERY little. Wow, this definitely has a nice crisp spice flavor coming through. Also, I get some banana pudding-type aroma coming through as well. A nice fruit and spice aroma. Wow, the flavor is even better in my opinion. The spices just pop out everywhere. Coriander is noticeable and the cardamon is as well, but I really not familiar with mace, so I canít comment on that. The beer has a nice fruit flavor to accompany the spices. Nice creamy palate. I am very pleased to have tried this one. This is a nice offering from Ommegang.
obguthr (4528) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Milk chocolate and cherry liqueur, aroma with cinnamon accents. Murky brown, thin yellow head. Lots of fig. Cherries are also present with an apple core finish. Alcohol obvious. Sweet and tart, but the bitterness doesnít fit. I really didnít get any of the spices. Pleasantly aromatic, but not all that terrific tasting.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. This one tastes like a really well made spiced imperial pumpkin with a hint of "Belgian" instead of pumpkin. If that doesnít make sense to you, give it a try and youíll see what I mean. Itís tasty stuff that smells even better. A wonderful, unique beer that pairs perfectly with cold weather and football. Mmmm.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a rich mahogany with a very nice head. No lacing. Nose is primarily a spice bomb - cardamon, ginger, peppery, some leafy herbalness (not DMS - but leafy). In some ways the spicing is reminiscent of a few of the Unibroue Anniversary beers. Past the spice blast is alcohol, cherries and caramel. Its nice - but that spice is really overwhelming - if the spices were half as intense this would have gotten an 8 for aroma. Flavor is more of those same spices, though cardamon is more present than in the aroma. Some toffee notes come out, along with plum and fig. Finish has a lot (too much, really) of booze which is joined by plums. Overbearing cardamon continues here. Overdone in general.
bhensonb (12297) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours ruby brown with a beige head. Aromas of christmas berries and spices. Full bodied with firm, prickly c arbonation. Flavor is dark malt with evergreen, cinnamon and othe spice Maybe allspice? citrus? Smooth. Not at all harsh. Really good dark ale.
marcus (7440) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark brown with a decent tan head and a sweet honey and fruit aroma. This is a dark malt beer with ingredients normally associated with a witbier, such as coriander and orange peel. However, it works really well. I love this beer.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a lightly hazy, reddish chestnut color. A small, foamy, khaki colored head leaves wet, foamy arches of lacing on the glass. The aroma is based in dark caramel malt, light on earthy hop character, with notes of cherries, fig, clove, and various winter spices. A yeasty bubblegum overtone seems odd and out of place. Flavors are similar, again sweet from the caramel and brown sugar malts, earthy from the clove, and peppery with spicy citrus peel. Again, some ethery bubblegum is an unwelcomed element. The palate falls on the thin side for a 10% beer, seeming a little papery and weak, showing some alcohol burn. Decent brew, but nothing to get excited about.
coldbrewky (1493) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Magnum at the rip and run, not a usual selection from the Patelís. Intense nose of musty spice as the cork is pulled. This isnít absolutely bad but...... Pours a lovely translucent ruby with some brown tones in center. A hefty head that settles rapidly to a quarter inch. First and second tastes are almost all spice.....Bert you were right again! (actually translated as"Damn Ceciltuckian") The spice was followed by spice and the finish was slowly descending spice. I felt like I was back in the seaport inspecting.....you guessed it....spice. Pass
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Rating #76. Murky, dark brown with a touch of orange, the head was light tan and clung to the glass for only a moment. Sweet spice aroma, coriander and orange peels. Flavor is a little boozy, more spicy sweetness and a little thin, but smooth as well. Not bad, but not my thing. (1090)