karlsnes (47) - - DEC 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Uts: oransjebrun, uklar, store gjærsedimenter, middels holdbart beige skum.
Duft: fruktig og fyldig, endel malt og belgisk gjær.
Smak: middels fyldig, mye tørket frukt og gjær, litt lite malt, god ettersmak.
lembeek (139) - ITALY - FEB 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ambrata, con schiuma compatta e abbastanza persistente. Aroma di malto, caramello, frutta e liquirizia. In bocca attacco dolce, fruttato, con una buona acidità. Corpo rotondo
DuffMan (6070) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Medium brown, very hazy, low off white head. Sweet estery and spicy aroma. Flavours of marzipan, dates, mild spices, lightly phenolic. Just ok.
BlackHaddock (3155) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Labelled as Kerstsmiske. 33cl Bottle, well in date when opened on 10th Jan 2014. Poured slowly into a ’Leffe’ badged chalice. Some sediment did get out though.
Good deep mahogany body (with a slight mist from the sediment): the thin head became a wisp and collar far too quickly for me.
Port like aroma, this is a winter brew with attitude, my nose warmed up just sniffing it, actually you can add ’Bovril’ to the smell.
Malty molasses sticking to a side of beef left in a shallow mash tun for a week and then had Port or Madeira poured onto them just before bottling, you get the picture.
Rich, tasty and very alcoholic from the off. This is a monster brew that has prune, damsons and spices all vying for attention within the sweet beefy brew.
Barley Wine in feel and taste, very drinkable, but dangerous.
Christian (10754) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a disappearing tan head. Aroma of caramel and dark sugar, dried fruit, spice and a hint of licorice. Sweet and full bodied caramel and dried fruit flavour
Swaroga (1070) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle. Dark orange with huge, dirty white head.
NOSE : tart, booze, cooked cherries and pears. Strong spicy aroma of clove and cinnamon.
SIP : medium body with strong carbonation and creamy/foamy texture. The beer has an aggressive carbonation that hits you and injects the strong flavors and aromas and the booze from the very first sip. Sweet tart like start. The beer gets sour with cooked fruits flavors in the background. The sweet and sour becomes the leading layer while further on I taste more dry and bitter ones. Dry like clove and it stays till the finish. Bitter like apple seed. The booze is warming and it becomes unbearable if you like to drink this beer fast. Spiciness is strong and it reveals dry and earthy feeling on the tongue. Aftertaste is bitter and dry like clove and apple seeds. The booze is there too.
OVERALL : quite complex and daring. Sweet sour fruit like but really boozy. It makes me think of a vanilla tart being soaked with booze and topped with cooked cherries. Spiced with a bit of cinnamon and clove. That would be it.
PriorL (1134) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: brown beer, small unstable off white head.
NOSE: burned malts, caramel, sweet.
TASTE: sweet, caramel, too sweet actually, some alcohol.
drpimento (2082) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured slightly warm with a gigantic, cream-colored, foamy, frothy head and some lace. Color is at first a slightly hazy honey amber, then upon emptying the bottle with the sediment, more cloudy and brown. Aroma is very mild, vinous, malt, fruit, yeast. Flavor’s like nose and has sweet, bitter, & tang up front and other qualities in back. Body/carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, slow taper, significant warmth. Great sipping beer.
20107589 (289) - randers, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
licorice aromas, appear unclear brown with a small head. Great sweet and bitter taste. long aftertaste, great mouthfeel
kraddel (2318) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
i assume 2012
pours fuzzy brown, small white , very fast fading white head
smell is sweet ( sugar and maltyness )
way to high carbo . very boring, typical taste . sugary, sweet, malts, ... but with a good earthy back wich makes this better than most other christmasbeers.
drjay44 (2439) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml. bottle. Lot 87 stamped on the cap. Pours a medium, well retained ivory head, over a hazy, lightly particled dark amber (SRM 15) body.....nose is bread, yeast, dried fruits including plum, raisin, mince meat, soapy perfume.....taste is multiple dried fruits, light sweetness, bread, yeast, leading to a moderate, almost harsh, bitter spice/hop finish.....mouth feel light of medium, sticky, alcohol burn lightly present, carbonation a crisp finish. This is a different beer from many in the style. It is relatively low in complexity in both aroma and flavors, and the alcohol is a little harsh but not fusel in nature. BJCP 7/2/13/4/7