Zita (5936) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bread, darkm sugar,brown, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with a light brown head. Smells of malts, bananas, yeast and some sugar. Taste is like a banana and some sweet brown sugar and malts. Tasty.
KyotoLefty (8369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tanakaya. 2-4 years old. Nice, rich aroma of dried plums, caramel, chocolate, raisins, spice. Chewy and appealing as hell. Dark brown with lots of orange glow, thin, lacy head. High carbonation, relatively light body for such a big beer. Fruity and spicy, plums, cherry, with a very earthy middle and a rather bitter finish. There is a fresh fruitiness that seems like it shouldn’t really be there. Flavor does not live up to the nose, though still a damn good brew....that was for the first pour of the bottle. It got much better. The body improved tremendously with the second pour, plus rich, thicker dried fruits and caramel. Wow. The first, second, and third pours where all completely different.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Saucer in San Antonio. Poured a glowing dark brown body with ruby highlights that was topped with a lasting, creamy tight head. Aromas of spices (gingerbread), fruity, wheat, yeasty, bready and is malt forward. Flavors of light to medium candi sugar, yeasty, muted spices, cloves, bready and very light floral hops. Medium mouthfeel with fine, soft carbonation. This is Christmas in a bottle!!!
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with loads of head. Smells of pears, apples, bananas, vanilla and brown sugar. Tastes of apple cider with some spiciness. Tons of carbonation...almost too much. A good belgian with the typical Belgian yeasty taste and mouthfeel.
obguthr (5087) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apple, pear, and banana bouquet, with the latter dominant. Hazy brown, thick yellow lacing head. Candied plum (sugar plums, if you will) flavor, with a banana undercurrent. Alcohol very obvious.Simple, enjoyable, well made. Probably needs a little age.
Sammer (1101) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now this is what a winter warmer should taste like. Dark brown pour from bottle. Large, fluffy off white head. Taste is dark fruits and pie spices. Finish is warm, with the alcohol being well hidden. Excellent!!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is deep chestnut brown with a largish bubbled but dense khaki head...smell is lightly fruity with plums, prunes, molasses, caramel, fresh bread...taste is sweet with peanut skins, prunes and grapes, pears, and yeasty mustiness....finish is lingeringly sweet...borderline cloyinging, but not quite...I can’t taste the booze at all...
PapaSkeetSkeet (1005) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with course, thick head. High carbonation. Aroma/Flavor is bread with an extra kick of burnt toast in there. The yeast has a slight spiciness to it, but phenols aren’t individually apparent, but rather blend well with the darker maltiness. The hop bitterness is bold for the style, but little-to-no hop flavor. Yum, but not as good as the Delirium Noel I just had.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark with a good foamy light brown head and a potent, brown-sugary and slightly hopped nose (it’s very delicious, mind you). Flavor is outstanding, frankly: brown sugar and caramel on the front, quickly transitioning to banana, coriander, and light hops on the back. Finish is long and sweet. This is very drinkable and tastes great. Well done.