oldrtybastrd (3226) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy medium brownish amber color. Aroma is lightly malty, hoppy, yeasty, with a touch of fruit. Flavor is a nice mixture of malts and fruits.
stantheman (488) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small bottle from Liquor Barn in North Burnaby. Modest beige head over a very dark, slightly translucent liquid. Fruity on the nose. On the palate it offers impressions of dried fruits and brown sugar. No hop detected here. A very worthy Christmas ale!
ABS (343) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown. Light brown head. Fermented grape and alcohol nose. Sour, some sweetness. Malt and wineous flavour. I suspect this one’s started to go bad.
WheatKing (983) - Oak Bay, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bought this for the bottle alone... the pic is now outdated, there is a medal whose ribbon hangs from the "S" and "E" on the bottom right. Cloudy brown, tan head. Nose is dubbel-style... caramel pepper coriander brown sugar. Flavour is quite sweet with wood dark fruit yeast spiciness... slight alcohol on the finish. Smooth and sweet. Slight cherry cough syrup.
Trappist1 (213) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown, brown head. yeast, very dry, bitter sweet, even sour in the nose. chocolate and caramel. not a complete brew, truely disappointing for an Xmas brew.
Geiserich (2914) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Amber to reddish color, off-white head. Aroma is malty, fruity, plums. Flavor is malty-sweet with candy notes, light fruity (plums), light bitter.
mikkellund42 (436) - Vejle, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours murky dark brown with huge offwhite head. Aroma is lots of fruity yeast, grapefruit, caramel, hay dust, sour dough and faint hints of mint licorice or cough drops. Taste is initial medium sour then light sweet and medium bitter. Body is oily with soft carbonation. Finish is a bit short and light sour with notes of white wine, orange juice and very faint hints of bitter almonds. A bit disappointing and not very Christmas-like.
MoritzF (8056) - Bochum, GERMANY - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, 33cl) Dark brown colour with a beige and big foamy head. Spicy dark malty aroma with notes of anise, caramel, as well as a delicately touch of fruit confit and chocolate. Sweet flavour, medium to full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Dark and mildly toasted malty taste with caramel, present spicy notes, subtle fruits and a touch of chocolate; moderately sweet toasty and balanced spicy finish with hints of chocolate in the aftertaste. Rounded brew. 23.XI.13
Hanoi (212) - - NOV 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is spice, pepper a little mint, cloves, bread yeast; nice. Taste, is malt and dark fruits leading to cloves, spice, bread and pepper, and a little toffee in the too short finish; pleasant . Mouthfeel is a little thin as well.
jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thin, light brown head, less than a centimetre tall. Aroma of strong anise and licorice, some dense roasty malt, vanilla, soy sauce, pit fruit sweetness and some interesting mushrooms. Full-bodied; Dense malty flavour at first with a bunch of anise and vanilla spice noticeable, some lighter earthy malt and a touch of the soy sauce and meaty flavours near the end. Aftertaste shows some good sweetness, spiciness and a pleasant complexity, but some of the harsh soy and mushroomy flavours threw it off a bit. Overall, a nice and crisp beer that works out well for December and the Christmas season. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased not in Belgium, but at New Beer Distributors in New York, New York for US$2.95 on 01-November-2013 sampled a day later here in my hotel room here in New York on 02-November-2013.
Geokkjer (5002) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of malt, fruitiness, yeast, caramel and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, brown sugar, yeast, red apples and bitterness. medium body, average carbonation.