Meilby (8514) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of caramel, licorice, grass and spices. Taste is medium sweetness and lightly bitter.
Zoney (144) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with a off-white head. Hint of spices on a malty body.
Gr0ve (2168) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle. Hazy brown with some floaties. Medium-sized white head. Light fruitiness with hints of cookies and green apples. Fresh grated apples. Bready malty flavours. It’s pretty clear that the floaties affect the perception of this beer. Body is light and the maltiness is balanced by sugary sweetness in the finish. Some hops, but not much.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 25, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Two fingers of dense, mostely lasting sand-colored head, over an unclear reddish amber body. Smells light vinegar at first. Then a scent of fruits, apples maybe, and a note of dry and light sourish malts. Taste has a sharp sugary sensation, like burnt sweet caramel. Also a nice malty sourness. Some grassy hops in the backbone, but not really substantial.
Kind of sticky in the mouth. Quite full, due to the good amount of residual sugars. Sweet malt finish. Not my yule-tide favorite, yet a decent winter warmer.
Sigmund (5461) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 8.5%. Cloudy brown colour, big off-white head. Moderate aroma of brown malts and brown candi sugar, hints of Christmas spices. Flavour of brown sugar and malts, medium sweet, moderately spicy finish. Minimal hops. Nice enough, pleasant to drink, but maybe not exceptional.
ClubGonzo (4428) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a murky, watery brown body with a medium-sized white foamy top, fading away rather quickly. Not too appetizing. Nose is slightly spicy, with caramelized malts, candy sugars, grassy hops and some yeasty tones. Taste is fresh and hoppy at first, then descends into a very sweet and malty scenario - pretty much just as a Christmas ale is supposed to. At least in my book. The yeast and hops combine to give an almost burning sensation in the back of the palate, just as it goes down, which I don’t really care that much for. Reminds me of the low alcohol home brew my grandmother used to make, which I have fond childhood memories of. All in all a bit odd, but sort of all right Xmas brew from Raasted.
KnutAlbert (6312) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Hazy brown, firm head, a little yeast residue.
Malt aned balsamic vinegar in the nose, soft and round beer with a little edge of pleasant sourness. The alcohol is there in the background, playing with the sugar. Sweet, but not cloyingly so.
larsga (6446) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beige mid-sized head. Deep red body with light carbonation. Spicy fruity peppery orangey aroma with buttery delicate mint notes. Dry-sweet fruity herbal cardamom taste with orangey spicy toffee notes. Soft, mild, hot moufheel. Light, fluffy body. Dryish mealy strawberry herbal aftertaste with spicy buttery cinnamon notes. The fruity butter lingers for a good while. Excellent! Harmonic, delicate, and subtle. I really enjoyed this. (0.75l bottle, Vinmonopolet Lørenskog, Oslo.)
Camons (6747) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap@Fairbar. Dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is sweet fruit, malt and xmas spices. Taste is like aroma, with good balance between sweet- / bitterness. Medium body, soft carbonation. 101104
jikvig (269) - NORWAY - OCT 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Offwhite foam on top of a not to deep brown colour
Aroma; Cinnoman, more spices related to chirstmas (dont remember them...), dried fruit and almost a bread/yeast component.
Flavours; Same as nose, mode fruitynes, good maltprofile, but a very short finish. Good sweetnes/bitternes balance.
Summary; It promises way more than it delivers. Just like Wayne Rooney!