MadIndian (2720) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Issacs.
Thick, dark brown pour with aromas of cinnamon, belgian spice, bread and rye. Flavors match the aroma , but with a clove and dark fruit finish. Very good.
50belair (3301) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the District. Murky chocolate pour with an off white head. Caramel malt and chocolate aromas. Malty with light chocolate and dark fruit notes..
olio (8987) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle. BBE 17.09.2015
Pours murky red-brown colour with medium head. Aroma of strong spices, lots of berries, ripe and dried fruits, belgian yeast, caramel malts and mild plum notes. Flavour of spices, caramel malts, yeast, cherries, ripe fruits, earth, mild berries and distant toffee notes. A bit disappointing but still decent christmas beer.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into tulip at Uber in Seattle.
Appears dark hazel with very little head. Nice lacing.
Aroma seemed a bit weak. Slightly malty, and a small fruit aroma. Very subtle.
Taste was a bit bitter with a small alcohol burn. Somewhat complex, but nothing really stood out.
Palate was a bit grainy with little carbonation.
Not sure what was going on with this, but I wasn’t all that impressed...
tmoreau (3559) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle shared at a monthly tasting. Poured to a sampler with a brown/amber color, bountiful, off white/light cream head foam, and silky waves of lacing. The aroma was a nice mix of fruits, notably banana, with orange zest, spice, and soft malt. The flavor was caramelly sweet, but not cloying, with some light tartness, and definite alcohol warmth. Medium+ bodied, and a nice dose of holiday cheer!
MaartenRF10 (1849) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle at home. Cloudy cokebrown with medium head. Smell is overripe fruit and blackberries. Taste overripe fruit, cherry, some licorice and spices. Tastes very winterish. Good carbonation, pretty firm body. Nice winterbeer!
ADfan (815) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a honey brown color with a huge head. Aroma of malts, caramel and some fruits. It has a full abbey flavor going. Honey and apricots are the most noticeable. It has a richness to it and leaves me wanting it to be more rich. Smooth finish.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very very good, top level winter warmer. Not so far off a belgiam quad...dark with a little head, dark fruit all over, dry yeasty finish. Good to sip it, don’t drink cold, it’s better as it warms up.
mansquito (5107) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whole Foods, P St, DC 750ml ($13): Pours a brown color with a big beige head. Aroma is a wonderful combination of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and some mild malt. The yeast really stands out and gives it that unique aroma that only a few beers have, all of which are from Belgium. Taste is thick and complex. Mouth feel is almost gooey, and leaves a lot of stickiness in the mouth. There are notes of fruitiness, a bit of sugar, a mild, but strange, bitterness. It seems to me that the taste and aroma don’t exactly line up; I wish it did because I preferred the aroma. Alcohol presence is there, but in a nice way (in fact, I would go so far as to say that this beer has a unique alcohol taste). Quite good. This was a good reward for taking the LSAT today.
ads135 (4060) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great seasonal. Brown with a medium body, off white head. An excellent seasonal spiked a generous dose of spices and orange peel. Bought in 2010 at Gomer’s in KC. Finally drank it in 2011.