Stuu666 (9986) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at salthorse. Pours hazy orange, nose is banana, caramel, cinnamon, orange, taste is similar, little thin.
cgarvieuk (20644) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at salt horse... Hazy Amber.. Thin white lacing... Soft sweet funk. Mlight tart sour fruit nose. Soft sweet honey toffee fruit.. Light spice. Soft sweet toffee malts
SimplySike (1354) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear brown ruby with tan head.
Aroma spice, some alcohol, caramel, licorice.
Taste caramel spicy sweets.
Svesse (7720) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at Arendsnest, Amsterdam, 19 Feb 2016) Hazy amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty nose with biscuits, citrus peel, dried fruit and spices. Malty taste with notes of bread, biscuits, orange peel, cinnamon, bread spices, a touch of ginger and balanced spicy bitterness. Almost full body, with a certain sweetness. On the sweet side, but tasty and spicy. Nice one.
mkam (409) - POLAND - FEB 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark copper with a small head. Aroma of spices: cloves, cinamon, cardamon, ginger with some spiciness from yeast, pepper. Tastes similar to Christmass spicy biscuits, sweet, medium body, pleasant ,warming alcohol. Very good one for the beer with spices.
kermis (9980) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled at Essen Winterbier festival 2015. Appears very hazy brown with a big bubbly cream head. Aroma of speculaas, veggies, yeast, overripe dark fruit and caramel. Flavour is over moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.
mateuszk (1584) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy, dark amber in colour, small head. Aroma and taste of speculas bidcuits, ginger, clove, cinamon, cardamon. In tastes like christmas biscuits. In taste not too sweet, medium body, low carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet. Alcohol well hidden. Very well done beer with speculas flavour, maybe more old ale not bw, but still tasty.
DwarfeD (2532) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle shared at home. Hazy reddish brown with a medium off-white head. Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Herbal bitterness with some sweet tones. Spices (lots of a ’em), raisin, ripe dark fruits, caramel, malts and licorice. A tad too herbal for my taste.
Alengrin (4329) - BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hybrid of barley wine and Doppelbock, thanks to Craftmember for bringing this from the Netherlands. Frothy, egg-white, lacing, milky head over a hazy mahogany coloured beer with bronze hue. Aroma of gingerbread and ’pepernoot’ (quite appropriate for this time of the year!), caramel, some ’natural’ iron, amaretto, dried leaves, cocoa, dried banana, peach and of course the old familiar ’speculoos’. Soft sweet onset with a clear (intended) ’speculoos’ flavour not unlike Ecaussinnes’ Cookie Beer but less one-dimensional, surrounded by hints of fig, medlar and candied orange, soft carbo, fluffy caramelly malt sweetness underneath with a very light toasted accent somewhere; ends in ongoing speculoos sweet spiciness well paired with a soft, gentle, leafy and herbal hop bitterishness and a glow of warming, slightly liqueurish alcohol. Sweet, but in a multidimensional and subtle kind of way, beautifully balanced with faint sourish and gently bittering flavours - this is delicious.
MelvinKalksma (791) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Spicy, cardamon, cinnamon, malts, caramel, slightly hoppy, fruity.
Amber/Ruby/brown beer with a thick foamy off-white head.
Sweet with lots of caramel, seriously full of spices. Ends dry and spicy.