bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Trappeze in a 6 oz wine glass. This is not to be confused with the brewery’s amazing Tripel or Abbott. Nonetheless, it is a fine example of holiday festivity, retaining the abbey’s signature cream head and incredibly smooth body. This smells of stone fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, and juniper berries, and its flavors follow suit, but how could you worry about nose/taste with a smooth-sipping beauty like this? It could taste like New Coke and still be a pleasure.
rader58 (876) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample tasting at Lukas Liquor in MO. Pours a dark brown. Aroma of bread, dried fruit, coriander. Flavor is spice, fruity, bread and molasses. Finish is dry. I was impressed overall with this beer. A nice balance and mixture of flavors.
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; Pour is a hazy dark brown with a nice off white/beige head. Nice retention - very light lacing. You just have to love the dark fruits on the nose, Belgian sugars, spices; There is an almost soapy feel initially , which seems to be fairly typical. That gives way to a creamy sweet and sugary flavor profile with a dark malty fruity and certainly spicy notes. Fantastic, to be sure. Love the creaminess from the head. Love it all really -
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - DEC 15, 2010
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Murky brown. Nose of red licorice, brown sugar, banana bread and a bit of tart cherry. Full bodied plump mouthfeel. Some holiday spice, banana and clove with hints of red fruit and Belgian candy sugar. I am also getting a slight anstringic metallic flavor on the finish, could be my bottle. Not a big fan of this one.
SanfordBrewer (1505) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy brown, full body, medim-high carbonation. Strong banana esters. Lots of brown malt. Hefty alcohol presence. Notable minerality. Complex flavor and esters. On the sweet side.
rodenbach99 (4261) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 750ml. Cette bière est d’un beau brun acajou, elle a une mousse beige durable. Au nez la bière est remplie d’épices, très agréable. En bouche elle est soyeuse, douce, malgré les 10%, elle est épicée à souhait.
jaghana (5524) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - DEC 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 75cl. An amber-dark beer beer with good head. Smell is on spice and alcohol. Aroma is quite sweet, very alcoholic and spicy, caramel body with spices, cinnamon what else ? Not very complex, but pleasant, some malt syrup taste and dry fruit flavor, bit disappointed not really great.
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy red-mahogany with good, creamy, tan head / Nose of dark fruit and toffee / Medium to full body, malty, lightly sweet, and good balance and long finish / Flavors of fig, prune, caramel, nutmeg, cloves, chocolate, and nuts / Outstanding.
llcooldave (1189) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy brown leather in the glass; thick creamy head. Aroma consists of ripe bananas, brown sugar, some nuts and faint alcohol esters in the background. Fruitcake flavors and some kirsch notes as well. Very carbonated on the palate. Overall, it does taste ’young’. Meaning that the flavors haven’t had time to mix well yet. It might do well with some aging. Good stuff never the less...
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some amber sort of highlights and an appropriately large off-white head.
S: A really rich, luscious nose of caramel, brown sugar, candi sugar, and toffee. Tons and tons of fruits too, like cherries, figs, and plums.
T: The flavor is just as wonderful. Sweet brown sugar and caramel lead the way with plenty of cherries, plums, and raisins to provide further sweetness. There’s some clove and nutmeg flavors as well as a nice yeastiness.
M: The body is medium with a really full and rolling carbonation.
D: Maybe the best of all the Belgian Christmas beers I’ve had to this point. This is pretty much what I think of/look for in this kind of beer.