notalush (5272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark ruby - thick, foamy head - fairly sweet in the nose, with a complex mix lavender, dried herbs, rose water, a light bit of earthiness underneath - full carbonation in the mouth - not as sweet at the aroma suggests - quite a bit of herbal character (thyme, mostly), as well as some wildflower notes - warming spiciness and a touch of alcohol warmth - clean sweetness and fruity character through the middle - a touch of funkiness and the faintest hint of phenolic character on the back end - lingering dried herbs in the finish - pretty good.
bbrock81 (311) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle. Pours nearly opaque, cola brown. Some head that doesn’t really last. Aroma is of sweet malt and sweet fruit, plums, raisins, and a hint of pineapple. Flavor is just as sweet as the aroma, not so fruity, but with the malt really coming through. The fruit reappears on the finish. Palate is very thick. An excellent beer.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Pours a good dark brown with a big frothy off white head. The head is foamy and lasting. Produces some good lacing. Has a good aroma of spices, dark fruits, Bubble gum, and brown sugar. Has a high carbonation. The flavor is real good. Sweet but not over done. Good spiciness with a good balance of hops and malts. The alcohol is hidden well and its blended to perfection. Has a medium to full body. The mouthfeel is excellent. Has a dry texture. The finish is great with a very pleasing aftertaste. This is just a great beer, Merry Christmas.
gam (3522) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick frothy head biege in colour,ale is red / purple or ruby red colour aroma rich fruits(dark)spice brown sugar port plum,flavour very smooth port wine plum fig cinnamon brown sugar clove a bitter to match,yeast touch raisin cherry really top stuff,finish dark fruit full flavours knock out the alcohol strength,Christmas in a glass tops.
Pinball (11116) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy brown, small white head.
aroma is sweet spicy, dark caramel. faint aroma
flavor is sweet fruity, mild dark fruits, raisins, christmas spices, almonds. nice brew, but nothing spectacular like the 12.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 Poured a dark brown with a thick beige head. Aroma is lots of spicy yeast and some dark, sweet fruitiness. The flavor has a nice kick to it, with lots of spicy yeast and some light fruitiness up front. There’s a bit of earthy funk and some pine and spruce as well. Has a long, warming alcohol finish. Really enjoyed this one.
HonkeyBra (3680) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber pour with some head. Aroma of doughy yeast and spice. Flavor is subtly spicy, sweet, malt forward. Light spruce, bread dough, some clove and ginger and alcohol. Dark fruit and brown sugar. Nice mouthfeel, full boied with great belgian carbonation. Finishes with raisins, light alcohol. Pretty nice.
jredmond (6071) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split with Ryguy. Pours a dark, hazy brown body with nice sediment, and a thick rootbeer float head. The aroma is spicy, notes of sugar and malt. The taste reveals the nice carbonation of the brew, pleasant mouthfeel. Flaviors of rich malt, sugar, and dark fruit. Slight alcohol burn, but more of a mouthfeel rather than taste.
Sigmund (5618) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, ABV 10%, RBNAG 2009 in Vatlandsvåg. Dark brown colour, hazy, moderate off-white head. Moderate but pleasant aroma of malts, brown sugar, Belgian yeast and spices. The flavour has a rich malty sweetness, also notes of candi sugar, dark dried fruits and spices. The finish is distinctly spicy and moderately hoppy. A very nice Christmas beer!
trapez (1537) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Malt, raisins, portwine and nuts in aroma. Unclear brown colour with light brown head. Sweet spicy flavour with a bitter finish. Plums, dates and figs - very Christmas like.