rondphoto (3976) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Top-of-the-line winter warmer. A great Belgian Ale with the addition of candied fruitcake. Fizzy, warm, sweet, with a huge, smooth finish. An exceptional drink from a top brewer.
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy mahogany pour with a big, foamy light tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, cherries, raspberries. Deep roasted malts, candi sugar and some spice. Flavor is very intense. Tons of sweet fruits come through, lots of cherry. A faint hint of wood in what is otherwise a very clean finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, with a perfect carbonation level. Awesome!
GTAEgeek (1894) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Nook in Hunstville, AL. Pours dark brown with a low head. The lacing covers the whole glass and isn’t going anywhere. The aroma is similar the the Abt. 12, but with a note of nutmeg that reminds me of eggnog. The flavor is sweet and malty, with a slight bitter aftertaste. The body is medium to heavy, and the mouthfeel is smooth and slightly acidic. Definitely a beer worth sipping and enjoying.
Zita (6109) - 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 (925) - 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 (9125) - 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 (5585) - 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 (1118) - 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!!