Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 In short: A Belgian Christmas dark ale that is extra-yeasty, a little fruity, a little spicy and relatively dry. Very good beer
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when 1 year of age.
The look: Dark ruby (almost mahogany) body topped by a large beige head
In long: From the nose I could tell this is a very yeasty beer. Nose also has a lot of woody hops. Taste is unsurprisingly very yeasty but not as fruity as with most extra-yeasty beer. Tree bark, dry wood, dried dates, dried figs, nuts, caramel, some toffee. For once the usual Christmas spices (cloves mainly) are very well integrated and do not feel like an addition. No alcohol presence at all, this beer is surprisingly drinkable for a 10% monster. Expansive foamy/spongy body. Very good but not excellent. From most other breweries this beer would be an achievement, but coming from St-Bernardus it is only a moderate success because they have set the bar so high. If all bars were set so high only basketball players would be able to order a beer in a pub.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep brown color with a tall creamy head. Great lacing. A bit too fizzy for my taste. The flavor was typical of a winter/christmas brew but still very good. Very nice beer!
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown body with a coarse diminishing head. Fruity & malty nose with a touch of ginger and cinnamon in the aroma. Slight yeast note in the aroma as well. Very appetizing. First taste is dominated by various spices and a caramel feel and the palate is rather thin. Slight alcohol astringency on the finish. Despite small blemishes, this is a very well made beer. The flavor is deep and rich, and the palate builds up as you go through the body. Like a typical Christmas ale, this beer has a strong candy taste on the nose with a relatively benign finish. While I do not think this style is in any way the ideal beer, I think the execution of this brew is a good standard for other brewers of Christmas ales to shoot for.
nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto. Really solid stuff, maybe even better than the Abt 12. Dark brown color with a red hue. Dark fruits on the aroma with some vinous notes, caramel, and yeast. Sweet malt, candi sugar, dark fruits, spice, and Belgian yeast combine for a strong flavor that stands up to the full body. One of the better holiday beers I’ve had - of course I’d expect no less from Belgian monks who all they do is brew beer (and religious stuff).
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 vintage in the 750 mL bottle from Johns Market Portland. Huge explosive head. Strong aroma of red wine, raisins and brine. Reddish dark brown. Very thick with big alcohol on the tongue. Fruity big wine flavors. Sweet, but not medicinal. Very similar to the Abt 12, but with less roastedness and much more sweetness.
nearbeer (3841) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. Murky, darkish brown with a lasting half inch of foam. Aroma is raisin, brown sugar, spiced rum and light caramel. Flavor is the same but with more rum. Medium body is a bit too frothy, has some alcohol warmth and a spicy-dryness.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Murky caramel/orange hue, huge amounts of off-white frothy head that is effervescent and mostly sustaining, splatters of lacing
S- Nose is dark fruits, sweet belgian candy, alcohol, green apples, and spices
T- Initial taste is dark fruits followed by spritzy spices, peppermint, and bananas, finishes with sweetness and alcohol warming
M- Full-bodied, thick chewy texture, amped-up carbonation
D- Smooth and balanced strong ale, milder spice flavors and lively carbonation contribute to a unique taste profile, very easy-drinking but best enjoyed sipping slowly on a cold night
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of 3 sampler, 10cl poured into a whit wine glass at Birra Artigianale di Qualita in Milan. Great spicy smell, smooth mouth feel, great spicy taste with definite solid overtones of some seriously sweet malt, definitely a christmas ale. Wouldn’t be able to stomach a whole pint but 10cl was a nice reminder of the holidays.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@Home. Vanilla and raisin aroma. Hay, dark brown colour, beige head, good lace. Sweet, light bitter, malty, spicy, prunes, raisin. Smooth and warming. Flavourful, nice balance.
DSG (6329) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Decembeer beer festival in Tel Aviv. Deep reddish-brown with a medium beige head. Aroma of raisins, prunes, malt, caramel and candi sugar. Sweet flavor with malt, sugar, dried fruits, some licorice, a bit of spiciness and some alcohol. Full-bodied.