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.
POLK (2136) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Spicy and strong Christmas beer with a slightly sharp flavor of spices and raisin. Slightly metallic.
kermis (4793) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared. Pours clear amber brown with a small tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, spice, caramel, malt and banana. Flavour is over moderate sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (5075) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle shared @THT May.
Thin off white head. Clear amber pour. Nice brew.
sic1314 (3074) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured reddish brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of berries and soft malt. Medium body, flavour is cinnamon, dark fruit, roast malt.
DuffMan (6531) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy at the lake, May long weekend. Pours a dark brown with golden highlights and a lively light tan head. Pleasant profile of breadcrusts and mild fall/winter spices, mildly estery. Simple but pleasant.
pentaz (1222) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Yespr. Pours clear amber with a small white head. Aroma is spices, caramel, toffee, candy, bubblegum, sour fruit, cinnamon and mild glue. Taste light+ sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is moderate. Finishes sweet and warming with spices. Really not my cup of beer.
kidmartinek (3539) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells like pumpkin spice. Looks copper, clear and has a big head. Tastes like sour cherries and oak. Creamy on the palate.
srcasejr (1) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep red color with tan head. Smells like Christmas. Medium body. Very well balanced. A lot of spice. Alcohol not very noticeable. Perfect for a cold day.
BucannonXC5 (802) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass: 0.25L (8.5 oz.) glass
From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.00 (with progressive Friday)
Purchased: Feb. 21, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 21, 2014
Poured a brownish red, almost mahogany color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki tan head. Sporadic spots of lacing all around the sides. Average-to-above average retention on the top.
Smelled dark fruits, dark sour cherry, plum, dark raspberry and black cherry first, then got wintery spices - nutmeg, molasses, caramel, gingerbread and cinnamon. What a mix.
Tasted more what I was expecting with the wintry mix. Got nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread and molasses. Sour notes were still there with dark grape, bourbon, black cherry and sour cherry.
Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long warming finish.
A very good and unusual winter beer. Would love to try it again.
Claves77 (152) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark color, thin head, sediment. Strong brown ale with spice. Strong Belgian flavor but not in taste.