highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
An elegant, ridiculously quaffable strong Belgian ale. Carries its 8.3% abv very easily. Muddy orange in colour with a loose skin of suds. Subdued citrus nose - limes, tangerine, perhaps some nutmeg/Chistmasy spices. Low carbonation, creating a fairly oily mouthfeel that works well with this style. Seamless flavour mix of zinging marmalade, cinnamon, rounded malts. Warming finish. Had a few of these lately and itís a grower - doesnít knock your socks off the first time but more time you spend with it, the more you come to appreciate how well made this is. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars, Christmas 2012)
mkel07 (2516) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from Slow Beer. What better way to start the festive holidays than with a Christmas ale. Golden orange colour with a rich creamy crown of beige coloured foam. Lots of spiced fruity goodness in the aroma and ado the flavour. Big rich creamy mouthfeel. What better than to enjoy it with than roast turkey.
HoppyPete (27) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderful Christmas Ale. Lovely carbonation. Lingering head. Lovely spices, in both the aroma and flavour. Worth a second bottle.
jdpeebs (684) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Dark orange in colour with a nice creamy head. A well made beer, with a good malt and hop balance.
ALLOVATE (2221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cellar temperature, into a snifter. Pour is full of life seeing a rising plume of mucky off-white foam settle a good inch atop a dull, auburn chestnut body. Strong, sweet and spiced aroma of sticky, caramelised oranges, figs and dates, some ripe plum and peach, yeast and fresh cracked pepper. Pleasantly sweet, treacly, vinous and as boozy as a dram of vodka liqueur. Dominated by citrus fruit, very little lingers in the mouth and the aftertaste is null and void. Fresh and tangy orange, tangerines, light caramel, biscuit, peach nectar before a hot peak and drop off. Not heavy, not light in body, a little oily in feel. Took me a good hour to down this one. Flavour has really mellowed since its release last year. Enjoyable, but not as challenging as I had hoped. (33cL, 2011 release, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
bmeup (488) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark cloudy orange, thick and fluffy head. Just enough hops and quite complex malt and yeast characters. Lots of fruity flavours in a full body with a lengthy finish.
gam (2908) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very carbonated ale mity deep orange colour large creamy head aronas dried fruit spice alcohol yeast the flavours a good yeast and alcohol taste citrus dried fruit nutmeg clove star of anise peppercorn slight doughy taste tangy sharp tastes fizzy the finish sharp fizzy aftertaste spicy alcohol yeast tangy lovely stuff on the palate
maneliquor (2272) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Murky orange-brown pour with a small white head. Aroma picks up sharp citrus bitterness and spices with a nice backing of belgian yeast. Spice and citrus surround the mouth with light belgian yeast and a hint of pepper. Quaffer. Nice enough
Jade (393) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Honey amber, cloudy with a thick white head. Spicy citrus aroma. Lovely tangy flavour, yet soft and unoffending. Warming going down, this is a very good beer.
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a friends trip to melbourne. Pours a dark copper colour, with a small off white head. Aroma is fairly laid back, just a light hop and spice on the nose. First thing i noticed on tasting is that it is highly carbonated, feeling like a sodastream has gone off in your mouth. Taste is fairly limited at first, but once warmed up a touch there are strong pine, grass, cinnamon, orangepeel, cola, berries, chocolate, toffee and a strong hit of alcohol. Did like this quite a bit once it warmed up, although Iíd find it more appealing if they hid the alcohol a bit better. Overall a solid warming beer, good in the unseasonable weather we seem to be having!