Indra (2531) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Aroma is softly sweet, malty, fruity and lightly spicy, with notes of red grape, apple, berry, orange zest, dark bread, milky chocolate, raisin, cinnamon, allspice and clove, with a faint leafy, herbal, floral hop character underneath. Deep, translucent mahogany color with a thick, lasting, foamy head and matching lace. Flavor is spicy and mildly bitter to start, some faint pepper and licorice, turning sweeter and maltier, even a touch of roastiness noted before the spicy, warming, dark fruit finish, with lingering touches of spice cake, doughy yeast and rum-soaked raisin. Creamy, effervescent mouthfeel with a decidedly full body. An indulgent creation, and one to be savored.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a huge long lasting tan head. Aroma of yeast, spices and dark fruits. Flavor of spices, dark malts, yeast and dark fruits.
elgiacomo (744) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2010 750ml bottle, I believe this is the í08 vintage. Pours opaque brown with a frothy light tan head that leaves a wispy cap and good ring. Just a bit of lacing. Aroma is a complex mix of fruit, yeast, and spices. Everything from cherries, figs and other dark fruits to apples and bananas, bubblegum, candi sugar, very yeasty and bready and then a great dose of nice cinnamon and ginger, spices well integrated with the fruity components. Great strength and a treat to inhale. Flavor features dark fruits, candi sugar, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bread and yeast, a bit of cinnamon, ginger and other spices, does finish a bit watery and thin, little to no alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and slick, medium carbonation. Great brew, although the flavor and mouthfeel donít live up to the incredible aroma and features of other St. Bernardus brews such as the Abt 12. Still a great beer to enjoy on Christmas Eve!
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark reddish brown with a large light brown foaming head. Beautiful Belgian abbey brown. Nose of port wine, dark fruit, and winter spices. Taste like nose, of spice, dried fruits, caramel, bread and yeast. Creamy big mouthfeel. I would like this better with a little less alcohol, but itís a big, lovely winter ale.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2009 Bright fruity aroma with some hints of banana. Enormous frothy head and deep dark reddish brown color. Flavor is oak, cherries, roasted malt. Flavor improves greatly upon warming and becomes more complex. Good strong carbonation and rich creamy palate. Have consumed many over the 2008 xmas season and this is one of the best Christmas beers. Outstanding.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown in color with a huge off-white head. The head was at least 2 inches and took several minutes to fall to a froth. Smell is belgian yeast and some dark fruit, figs. Iím not really getting a lot of christmas spice or taste in this. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, very nice. A decent beer, but I couldnít help but to get something metallic out of the taste.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
NorCal December í07 - Probably my third favorite Christmas beers of the night, behind Scaldis and Gouden Carolus. Still, thatís pretty damn good company to be in. The aroma on this beer was dark fruit, really figgy, ginger, brown sugar, cloves and molasses. Appearance was mahogany in color with a nice Belgianesque head. Moutheel was smooth and velvety. Flavor was earthy, spicy, sweet malts, and just a touch of vanilla. Excellent beer.
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dark brown ale poured with a fluffy tan head. It tastes very malty and candied, like Pater with spices. Itís very carbonated with a perceptible hoppiness.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well two days till Christmas so time to pop the cork on this one. The bottle poured ruby red with a large billowy light coco brown head. Aromas of Belgium yeast, fruit and spices (cinnamon, ginger and clove) filled my nose. This ale has a full creamy mouth feel with carbonation that tickles the tongue. The first thing I noticed about the Flavors was sweet fruit figs and raisins with a nice balance of Christmas spices. A nice bitter finish that is not to over whelming, almost the typical peppery bite. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and this beer will sneak up on you. Great holiday offering from St. Bernardus hope to find another one for next year.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice shade of mahogany with fizzy & thick tan head. Candy sugar and fresh baked bread on the nose. Malty backbone with loads a caramel. lovely warming qualities, and slightly acidic!