BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2009 2007. Good Looking muddy brown brew with a slight orange tinge. Head pours large and stays pretty well. Head is an off-white tan in color, creamy smooth in texture, and has nice lacing. Aroma is complex with citrus hoppy-ness coming through. Allspice and a light yeasty-dough aroma , followed by many other smells including chocolate, apple, and possibly even red wine. Flavor was pleasant, starting on the sweetish side and over a long duration finishing ever so slightly bitter-sour with defined fruit undertones. Medium in body with a lively carbonated but creamy texture, the overall mouth feel is clearly the best part of this brew. Pretty good stuff.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by highibus - Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a large off white head. Aroma is esters(banana), spice, and light yeast. Flavor is basicly the same with some light bready malt coming through. Medium body. A good beer. Thanks Tom.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 Pours a dark brown color with garnet highlights and a beige, full, rocky, fluffy head which diminishes quickly to a average, creamy, lasting layer leaving some nice lace. Nose is certainly rich for the season with some Belgian chocolates, apple pie, nutmeg, clove, light hazlenut, and a touch of earthy hops. Flavor is certainly similarly rich; initial flavors include cooked apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, almost like spicy apple sauce. Then the malts come in with lots of Belgian chocolates, faint roast, light date, and light molasses; by the finish a decent earthy hop presence settles in with some hazlenut. Palate is medium-full, lively, and velvety with only a hint at some warmth in the finish. By the finish, the spices diminish some, the chocolates linger along with the date and nutty notes, and the earthy bitterness and warming notes round out the long finish. Actually a pretty nice Christmas beer with a rich malt apalte and nice spicing to back it up. A bit too much carbonation and a tad thin too fit into the great Belgian category, but it is a fitting beer for the season. Maybe it was put out a bit early and would benefit from some aging, but still a nice new offering from the brewery.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Purchased at Hamiltons. Dark brown pour, peppery aroma. Flavor is fruity, spicy and slightly hoppy. A little to peppery for my tastes, but pretty good.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Mcbackus. Pours a dark brown with a off white foamy head. Lacing is great throughout session. Has hints of spice, dark fruit, yeast, pepper, and caramel. Finishes sweet and bubbly.
BeerandBlues2 (8556) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Poured into my newly acquired tulip glass. Pours deep, rich mahogany with a huge, frothy, rocky, light brown head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, nutty), average hops (grass), average yeast (earth, musty) with notes of plum, baked apples, and brown sugar. Full bodied, creamy and fizzy texture, lively carbonation, and a slightly spicy and bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness and acidity, light bitterness.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle @ Hams, purchased for the table by Naven, shared with Naven and Bartzilla. Pours dark reddish brown with a 1 finger tan head. Aroma is spicy and spiced with a heavy dose of pepper. Taste is peppery, and a damn nice belgian strong taste. Usually am not a fan of this kind of spice but it worked here.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ a Christmas party. Very sweet and overdone w/ spices. Donít like spiced brews and didnít like this one.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to El Gordo for this one--Poured a deep black-brown body with small whitish head. Nose of grapefruit, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits. Roasty, complex and quite scrumptious. Warm, smooth, and dry finish. Very nice!
Bart (2944) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black coloured beer with a small off white head. Full malty ripe fruity roasted aroma. Creamy palate. Finish is bitter malty with some roasted little alcoholic touches.