yespr (37059) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma is dry and spiced, coriander and cardemomme. Sweet and spiced flavoured, light caramelish. Smooth and spiced into the finish.
Ungstrup (31499) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with an orangey head. The aroma has notes of alcohol and spices - primarily coriander, as well as lighter notes of hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and lots of spices - coriander, cardemomme, and more, leading to a dry bitter finish.
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 75 cl. Pours a cloudy deep amber with a rich beige head. Yeasty, fruity nose - some overripe fruit. Solid body, fruity, lots of phenols, spices and alcohol with hardly any bitterness. 030110
joergen (24512) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange red coloured with a small off white head.
Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, marzipan, cake and spices.
Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, cake, marzipan and spices.
Spicy and fruity finish.
anders37 (20473) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy dark fruit aroma. Fruity warming sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish fruity malty dark fruit finish.
Travlr (17717) - 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.
Leighton (15390) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared a bottle with friends at the Ginger Man in NYC. Pours a dark, ruby-brown with puffy off-white head. Aroma of spices with notes of sweet malts. Flavor is a rich complexity of sweet, dark fruits and spiciness, along with a thick, sugary palatte. Body is almost syrupy. Finish is sweet and mildly warming. Overall quite delicious.
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The beer pours an amber-brown color with a finger or so of khaki colored foam.
S: Intensely spicy with tons of coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Sweet caramel malts with lots of toasted bread aroma to go with it. Mildly yeasty with some alcohol coming through now and again.
T: A rather similar tale when it comes to the flavor. Intense spice flavor that is rather reminiscent of gingerbread. A fairly strong cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg flavor as well. Sweet caramel and toasted bread with banana and dark fruits adding sweetness as well.
M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: The spiciness can become a bit tiring after a handful of sips. Good, but I couldn’t see myself drinking much of this.
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Murky brown. Thin head. Has a Christmas cake aroma with the candied fruit, ginger and whatnot. Liquorice character is strong. The malts have a nice caramel note. Cinnamon and some other spices dominate, with a little bit of alcohol coming in late. Kind of harsh and unbalanced.
bhensonb (12969) - 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.