sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Clear amber with a smallish head and some lace. Aroma of strong, stingy-herby hops and some citrus fruitiness. Buttery-malty, caramely flavor with sweet graininess emerging in the middle, followed by dryish, citrusy-herby hops. Alcohol is well hidden, but slightly warming. Medium body with slightly fizzy-foamy carbonation. Once again, quite similar to everything else from this brewery - and no signs of Christmas besides the label.
stouby (3720) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Benny. Amber with a off white head. Aroma modereate malty, caramel, and hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet and nice clean bitterness. Light body despite the strength.
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bought in lucerne switzerland in the drinks of the world shop at railwaystation
reddish glowing copper with a rather quickly dissapearing head
smells malty and hoppy and some dried fruit
tasts malty hoppy and fruity and some caramel
aftertaste has some good bitterness but fruityness too
i like it
a beerwho has both in it fruityness
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Lidl. Amber with white head. Very easy drinking forit’s strength. Very "Sheps" in flavour but smoother and more refined than is usual. Very good for pasturised bottled ale.
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From Voldby, DK.
Amber with small white head. Aroma of caramel and hop spices - grass. Flavor is sweet with a nice bitterness
JorisPPattyn (7890) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber –gold beer, with little head. Ureum (dry hops), liquorice in the nose. Sweet beer, with cookies’ flavour, and a wee bit of oxidation to boot on the sweetness. A little cakey warming up. Not very robust MF. Too sweet, too much old malts.
charlotte (4181) - rødovre, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Amber colout with small white head.Aroma of caramel and malt,feels a little weak and mild spicey with smooth mouth feels and soft finish.
DruncanVeasey (7160) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2012 1)Well, it is October 20th. 2008 version from Lidl with the same label, ABV, description etc as 2007. Bright shining red ringed with beige. Jellied strawberry fruit aroma as commercially described, overlaid with sensible musty tea-like hedgerow hoppy notes. Brings to mind Flying Saucers- simultaneously papery and (a bit) sherbety. Instantly recognisable as a SN clear-bottled pasteurised effort. Stale cardboardy cooked notes to the fore, redeemed by...well, cherryish alcohol, berry fruit, cinnamon. Some chalky apple traces have survived The Boil. Thought this was just gonna be another tedious dead bottled bitter from Shep Neame, and it is. But a good one. 2) Bottle aboard P&O ferry, 16/02/12. Clear copper slicked with cream. Disappointing hay, caramel, apple and berry fruits aroma; a crumb of cinder toffee. Eye watering fizz, metallic streaks, fragipane, sherbet on digestives. Sheps, but stronger. Empty after 4days on the Belgians. 636312.
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An unusually hoppy Christmas ale out of Kent. Not sure the high sugar content and herbal finish pair that well but it’s very easy seasonal drinking. A coppery cove with a shallow head. Sugary-sweet aroma of sugarcane, crystal malt, that pasteurised boiled lolly residue and a sprinkle of white pepper. Medium body, moderate carbonation - the overall effect is almost syrupy. A very smooth concoction with the alcohol well concealed until the warming, spicy finish that you’d expect in a Christmas ale. Sticky dates, figs and oxidised sherry notes. Quite herbal in the swallow and unusually bitter for the style. Challenger hops? Goldings? An interesting ale but not a total success IMO. (500ml bottle from Camperdown Cellars.)
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice deep amber, slightly lacing white head. Very fruity, very SN nose; fruitcake, ripe banana and bready malts. Little caramelly, herbal hoppy flavor with a softly bitter fruitcake finish. Little warming alcohol. A tad more firmer version of Late Red, not that typical christmas brew.