AgedOak (99) - Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at World of Beers in Tampa Palms. Pours a medium brown with light tan head. Nose is of fruit and faint cinnamon. This is a truly seasonal ale, with a very full mouthfeel. Tastes of fruit, cherries and berries, with spice (again subtle cinnamon) mask the 10% alcohol. This Chrismas Ale follows the excellent tradition of St. Bernardus.
j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap for growler fills at Half-Time. Pours a deep cola brown, a bit hazy, with a thick beige to tan head. Plum, roast, chocolate, and toast. Light oxidization, but this is from a keg aged at least a year. Medium bodied, smooth and sweet with candy and light cherries. Finishes with some big boozy notes at first, but they mellow out further into the beer. Light plum notes.
Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a delightful winter beer. Lots of fruit (cherries and berries) and spices (cinnamon, clove). Great balance and mouthfeel. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden so pace yourself!
JaBier (5066) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at Dogbrick’s Christmas party. Cloudy and chunky brown pour with a medium tan head. Caramel and dark fruit nose with Belgian yeast, brown sugar, spice and another note that I can only categorize as spruce or mint. Read some other ratings to see if I’m off my rocker, and I must be. Definitely got that note though, in both nose and flavor. Oh well. Other characteristics of the flavor are syrupy sweetness, caramel and spice before a syrupy finish. Not my style, but glad I got to try it.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky brown with a very thick tan head on top that lasts for quite some time. Smells rather plumy, fruity, and a bit of a belgian yeast aroma coming through. As it warms a little, a sweeter dark sugar character is noticeable. Very heavy malts upfront show flavors of a belgian yeast strain, but also rich sweet fruits, sweet dark sugars, and a a bit metallic too (kind of weird, it’s a beer clean glass I’m using). It’s very smooth and very enjoyable! The finish is a little bready wtih the rich sweet malts noticeable through the end.
daleharshman (943) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from BevMo while watching the Saints game. Pours a dark chestnut brown with a huge and long-lasting head. Aroma of tart yeast, bready malts, and some dark fruit. Flavor has rich caramel, more dark fruit, nice tangy spice, and a hint of chocolate. Medium body with generous carbonation. A hint of booze, but the high ABV is generally well concealed. I think this could do much better with some age.
BVery (7103) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours a murky brown with a soapy head. Aroma of raisins and a little booze. Taste is complex - raisin/plum, alcohol is present, and some spice. Very creamy. Awesome.
alobar (2917) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Four year old bottle. Still quite live. Pours ruby brown with a fizzy tan soapy head. Aroma of dark fruit. Flavor of plums, raisins, and spice. Impressive lacing. Just velvety goodness in a glass.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, almost muddy brown color with fast carbonation, making a healthy and frothy light-brown head. Wow... this beer looks murky and dirty! Aroma of dried or candied apples. Bright and exciting mouthfeel. An almost coke-like finish. Flavor of apples, touch of a little sourness. Very nice!
DrnkMcDermott (2844) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got the very dregs as they ran out at Bavarian Lodge. So this isn;’t a representative sample and I hope to correct it first chance I get. Some muddy brown from yeast, about two ounces in its serving tulip. Still, there’s a big nose of dark fruits like plums and raisins. Also a bit of Christmas spice. There was very little carbonation in my pour, and my server, who said this was her favorite this month, said that was not usual. Still, in this form, it slides down like a cask pour. Very bready, with obvious Belgian sugars.