vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 Pours a clear dark amber with a thin head. There’s little carbonation and the aroma is sweet malt and alcohol. The flavor is syrupy sweet but not in a bad way at all. There’s a dark fruit aspect to it as well. It is apparent that this is a high alcohol drink and meant to be sipped. The mouthfeel is slick and warming. I had tasted some 1995 and 1996 vintage Samichlaus recently and decided I really wanted to put some away for a few years. However, this drink is such an enjoyable nightcap that I’m not sure my stash will stay untouched.
IAgof (2) - SPAIN - DEC 21, 2013 does not count
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dulzona con ligero toque a uvas pasas, la espuma se va rápidamente. No termina de convencer
HULK777 (218) - - DEC 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Peppermint candy-cane, gingerbread, red berries, Christmas (!), toffee, chocolate, and hints of coffee, brewed together in excellent harmony. A true Christmas classic!
Firefly54 (213) - - DEC 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into duvel glass. Ok head for 2 mins then just flat. Amber colured. Near constancy of a sherry. Caramel, caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Mead like. Caramel, toffee and some caramel. Did I say caramel? Syrup texture. Raisins.............
Wim (2477) - Weelde, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
with yves at his home dark reddish brown colored body with an off white head and a fruity alcholic hop aroma a hops malt sweet fruity alcholic taste and a sweet alcholic bitter finish
Andy_ (405) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage from 2008. Clear brownish red beer with little white head leaving merely a permanent ring on top of the beer. Aroma is really sweet with liqueur, malts, sugar and herbs. Flavour is similar with kind of a tiramisu cake kind of sweetness. Alcohol doesn’t taste at all but warms up the finish which is drier than the palate, medium long, medium intense and a bit woody. Mouthfeel is full, thick and soft with little carbonation. An enjoyable winter warmer, or a great dessert beer.
tderoeck (3647) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
5/XII/13 - 33cl bottle from Abbaye des Saveurs (Lille) @ home - BB: VII/2016 (2013-1120)
Clear dark orange to red beer, small aery off-white head, unstable dissipates quickly. Aroma: lots of overripe banana, alcohol, chocolate, sweet malts, sugary. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very sweet, caramel, alcohol, hard liquor, banana, sugary. Aftertaste: sweet and sugary, alcohol, bit metallic, caramel, fudge, little bitter, hint of overripe banana. Not bad, but I guess it can still wait a few years longer.
Sarpa (537) - FINLAND - DEC 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ tuulensuu, 2008 vintage. Pours dark orange, no head. Aroma of raisins. Port wine like flavour. Pretty sweet, nice dessert beer
SamTheBarrel (166) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle, pours clear dark ruby colored, with a small white head that completely dissipated swiftly. Aroma and taste of raisins, apple, apricots, maple syrup, almond paste and alcohol. Heavy sweetness and medium-light bitterness. Medium-full body, oily texture and flat carbonation. Overall a nice beer to have for dessert but very sweet, reminds me of fruit liqueurs.
EtTuCthulhu (761) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is quite boozy with undertones of caramel malts, and the appearance is extremely clear and orange with a large white head. The taste is ruled by the booziness (without it being too negative to the drinking process), but there is a slight sweetness and a slight sourness as well; furthermore, the palate combines an oily texture, boozy finish, flat carbonation, and a medium body.
Vignale (1664) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från SB 2009 drucken på ölföreningens julölsprovning 2013. Kraftig, Eldig, massiv maltkropp, rejäl sötma med värmande alkohol. Torkade äpplen och päron, mandellikör, marsipan, toffee. Känns välbalanserad men ytterligare några år i källare skulle nog göra den ändå bättre.