Gr0ve (2039) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle. Deep reddish copper. Clear. Small off-white fine laced head. Spicy nose with Belgian yeast characters. Notes of caramel and a little chocolate. Crisp hoppy bitterness in the finish. High carbonation level. Peppery flavours. A little light in the aftertaste, but otherwise a nicely drinkable rich Belgian-style Christmas beer.
thornecb (3647) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear bright mahogany into a trappist glass. Off-white head quickly recedes to nothing. Hot toasted caramel and roasted nut aromas. Slick and sweet from front to back with a lasting alcohol burn.
thebeertourist (4271) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cave à Bulles. Hazy ruby red colour. Complex spicy nose followed by cinnamon and other spices as well as berry flavours. Well-balanced, hints of sourness. Very accomplished- the spices augment rather than distract.
DeanF (1551) - Nunavut, CANADA - NOV 27, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light amber colour with a fair amount of head. Aroma of tin, malt, alcohol. Taste is very malty with a hint of grass. Has a watery finish and a planty aftertaste. I imagine this is an attempt at a Bière de Garde of some disposition, but it doesn’t quite work.
MrChopin (2527) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber, light bubbly white wisps. Nose is soft, cidery, lots of apple, yeast, and peach sweetness. Very light, nutty flavor, bit spiced and green/metallic. Very nice, wonderfully soft like all BdG should be, and quite drinkable given the balance despite so many strong flavors.
KnutAlbert (5186) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown beer, firm head, lovely spicy notes in the aroma. Christmas spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and white pepper, fine malt, some bitterness in the finish. Some cheating here suing the soices, perhaps, but a nice beer.
thewolf (9888) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, bought @ LIVA, Kolding.
Clear amber with a fine, medium, frothy, white head. Mild caramel aroma, some toasted notes, light earthy. Medium, but kinda prickly carbonation, fine mild creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good caramel as base, a hint of milky chocolate, a bit of piney and earthy hops. Red apples and a hint of cranberries. Mildly dry in the finish. Fine, elegant beer, even if doesn’t really break new ground.
nimbleprop (3005) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml swing top pours a clear, orangey amber with one ring of white head. Nose is sweet, malty, sugary, root vegetables. Flavor is sweet, candy sugar, yeast, fruit, lightly spiced. Full bodied, sticky finish.
Travlr (8002) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloudy orange brown. Very malty with a bit of licorice. Not bad.
argo0 (10388) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
75cl bottle, thanks ryan. Small beige head atop cloudy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/lemon, vegetal, some funk. Taste is moderately sweet, lemon, vegetal, caramel. Medium body, some stickiness.