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.
It’s missing something in the mid-palate, maybe they fermented it out a little too much. Still an interesting Belgian seasonal.
cfrancis (2859) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a small white ring. Aroma is light raisin, sweet malts, light plum and spice. Taste is much the same. A little thin on body and a little low on carbonation. The spice is really strong in the aftertaste.
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015-01-16. Crisp dark amber body with a modest beige head. 3+ Aroma is sweet and mildly alcoholic, notes of caramel, lightly spiced.
Flavour is similar, sweet malt core, moderate alcohol. Average plus bodied palate, good carbonation. 3+ Decent. 7/3/7/3/14 Bottle from LCBO, Toronto.
MarkoR (846) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml from the LCBO. Pours a dark reddish/amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is spices, dark fruits, sugar, some ginger. Taste is spices, dark fruits, sugar, some caramel. Decent beer.
GSAP (642) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gluhwein, sherry en bruine suiker en -stroop als smaak, met fijnigheden eromheen. Klein beetje dun van smaak, licht koolzuur. Mooi rood-roodbruin met slappe kraag. Aroma is ook zoete desertwijn met iets van kersen.
Alpha10 (495) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2016/01/02 - Pours a clear, dark amber colour with a frothy, khaki coloured head that quickly reduces and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, dried dark fruits, toffee, yeast, gingerbread and spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). Has many similar aroma notes as a pumpkin ale. Taste follows nose; brown sugar, yeast, toffee, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg and some light notes of dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium and slick with prickly carbonation and a long, drying, mildly warming finish. This was better than I had expected. Very nice.
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Gluepot (295) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose features fermented fruit, brown sugar, spice and plums. The taste is classic big Belgian ale - brown sugar, candied fruit, dates, yeast, spices such as cloves and cinnamon, and prunes. A soft fluffy effervescence and a dense rich body add to a typically well balanced taste experience.
CRock (147) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice colour and nice taste. I get a lot of caramel and dark fruits in the aroma and taste. Solid drink.
___Steve___ (57) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rose, red, clear, crisp filtered colour with a sparse off white foam head. Lots of Christmas aromas, fruit cake, dried fruits, and gingerbread. Sweet malty rum flavour upfront. It Lingers a bit on the tongue with a subtle very subtle bitter hop note. Light tasting considering it a high gravity ale at 9% by volume.
Subliminal64 (72) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of gingerbread and spices.
Pours a dark amber colour. Lots of head that lasts to the end.
Taste is gingerbread, spices, and a solid ale.
Lots of carbonation. No harsh aftertaste.
Overall I was very happy with this brew Will purchase again. Next winter.
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asheft (2825) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Slightly funky with lots of spices in the nose; cinnamon, allspice, clove. Also dried fruit. Clear red orange under a lasting, thin, off-white cover. Sweet and spicy and dried fruit dubbel flavour. No bitterness, slightly tangy. Smooth, medium body, medium carbonation.