TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown with a thick, cream colored head. Aromas of dates, raisins, dark dried fruit, sweet caramel, apple skin; complex. Raisins, fruit cake are the easiest to identify along with a slight hop bitterness. Finishes with a nice, lingering dryness.
Itís missing something in the mid-palate, maybe they fermented it out a little too much. Still an interesting Belgian seasonal.
Yves (1831) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown coloured beer with small white head and only few carbonation; Malty roasted (vanilla hinted) aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is malty sweet roasted bitter. Nice one!
AndyW68 (394) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper with thick off white head. Aroma is sweet caramel and musty. Taste is sweet belgian. Not an every day thing but a nice beer.
5000 (4974) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Deep coppery amber, strong carbonation, moderate to large spritzy off-white head, spotty lacing.
Soft spicy nose, seems like some all-spice and nutmeg.   Also getting a strong Gingerbread cookie aroma.
Combination Gingerbread, dark pitted fruit, nutmeg, and all-spice on the tongue.   Falls off quicker than I expected, and
its not as malty as I would have thought.   The 9% ABV is there, but only warming.   Has a bit of Honeycomb cereal
like presence towards the backside.   This is not your usual heavy dark pitted fruit Belgian Strong, instead its more
Gingerbread oriented with a some spices.   Everything falls off somewhat quickly.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.
Its not all that heavy either.   Fairly clean finish, a little mealy but thankfully not in the American sense.
Lingering spices, nutmeg, all-spice, and Gingerbread cookies.   Decent offering, but could use more body and
vipinvelp (1171) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear caramel amber with lasting and lacing brown foam head. Aroma is sweet caramel and crearly a malty alcohol. Taste is not bad, nice caramel. Short aftertaste. (Velp 201304)
jbruner (1125) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark copper on tap with fluffy tan head and webby lace on the way down. Aroma of Belgian yeast and that typical Christmas beer spice. Taste is far more Belgian than the nose, slices well balanced. I can see this being good when itís cold, but itís just blah on mid April.
bax (790) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle 28/03-2013) medium fast fading beige head, clear amber color, light Christmas spicy aroma, soft co2, slightly sweet taste.
bluejacket74 (993) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a clear reddish/orange color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is sweet and spicy, it smells like cinnamon, candied fruit, nutmeg, brown sugar, bready malt and cloves. The brew tastes like cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruit, nuts, cloves and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a little bit coating and is also well carbonated. I think this is more of a winter warmer than a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but itís still a good brew. $8.99 a bottle.
Countbeer (2853) - Best of Eindhoven ohne Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium sized, vast and slow disappearing creamy beige foamy head.
A clear darker amber colored beer.
Aromas of caramel, vinous, spices, yeast, creamy roasted malts, some raisin, brown sugars.
Flavours of caramel, spices, chalk, toast, bitter, toffee, vinous, wood, sugars, raisin, cream, barleys, malts,
Aftertaste of caramel, bitter, malts.
Low carbo, soft close to silky mouthfeel, medium to lightly fuller body and a creamy light oily texture.
Balanced, good and I like it!
Wim (2331) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
amber coloured body with a white head and a fruity malt aroma a fruity malt caramel taste with a alcholic bitter finish
HippieRN (23) - thornton, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful deep ruby with no head or lacing. The taste is mildly sweet. Flavors of sweet malt, spice, bread, candied fruit, and perhaps hints of citrus. Dry finish and hardly any aftertaste. Medium-light body and soft carbonation.