FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Hazy chestnut brown with a good amount of sediment. Smaller, bubbly, foamy, light, off-white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a wispy ring of lace.
S - Classic BSDA aroma with a bit more spice that others. Dark fruit, dark bread, and some spiciness (both Christmasy and BSDA spice).
T - Like the aroma this has what you would expect from a BSDA. Plenty of raisin and some dark bread. A good amount of spice including some earthy spice, cinnamon, clove, pepper, and a touch of orange peel. Some Belgian yeast flavors come out. More bitter than I was expecting.
M - Medium body with average carbonation. Has a bit of a zesty feel and less creaminess than I was expecting.
D - It made for a nice holiday sipper. Lots of spice and typical BSDA flavors. A little strong with the spice and bitterness cuts down on how easy it is to drink.
Notes: A BSDA with plenty of spice and bitterness. Good beer but I was expecting a little more. I enjoyed it for a holiday sipper for a winter day with family. Good beer overall.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and caged bottle foams over when opened. Dark chestnut body has clarity and ruby highlights when held to light. Large beige head settles into attractive classical sheet lacing on the St Bernardus goblet. Aroma has lots of dark fruits, nuttiness, bubblegum, yeast, and some red cherries. Smooth and satiny palate is full bodied. Taste is dark fruits(dates), caramel, milk chocolate, bubblegum, cherries, nuttiness, molasses, and a vague note of floral hops. Finishes with some dark rum alcohol warmth. Delightful!!!
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a fluffy off-white head that disappears quickly. Spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, caraml nose. Medium body, some tartness, dry at the end.
BrewBoxer (2527) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle. Dark amber brown color with thick foamy head. Smells of bread, spice and cinnamon. The taste has a lot of banana and doughey characters. I had this beer last year and this one was aged since then and something seemed off. Wasn’t as greatas before, but still a good beer for the style and season.
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber pour with large white head and lots of lacing. Aroma of some spices and malts/hops. Flavor had some hints of spice but not much more oddly enough. However, finished very smooth considering the ABV.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from Tournament. Deep brown colored pour with a creamy tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is sweet, dark fruit notes and some slight spiciness which apparently added for the Christmas version. Taste is dark fruit with a bit of candy sweetness. This is very similar to the St Bernardus 12 but with some additional holiday additions.
mjs (6064) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at De Heeren van Liedekercke / 2010/12/16) The beer poured dark brown and cloudy. Its head was medium sized, dense and white head. Palate was full bodird with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, aniseed, spiciness, liquorice, hops and bitterness. Aftertaste was spicy and bitter. Good solid Christmas beer where nothing was overdone and all the components fitted together.
GranvilleTim (1840) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is yeasty, a little fruity. Taste is an explosion of flavor. Yeasty, little fruity, Belgian candi sugar. Creamy, esasy to drink. Very tasty, nice lacing.
dnstone (2457) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber-brown in color with a nice light tan head. Hints of dry cherry over a strong dark Belgian ale.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6294) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2014 Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured a light chestnut color with an enormous tan head that lingered forever and produced great lacing. The aroma was Dr Pepper, licorice, nutmeg and faint cola. The flavor was semi sweet and spicy with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and a touch of anise. There was a strong bready undertone and hints of apple. The finish was long, malty and spicy. Fairly full bodied. A nice beer but I had hoped for greater.