TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown with a dense khaki head. Aromas of bubblegum, sweet cherries, dark bread. Flavor profile carries lots of fruity yeast and bubblegum, some dark toffee, hint of anise, some alcohol sweetness. Full bodied and a clean finish with high carbonation.
The best Belgian Christmas/Noel ale. Period.
ngeunit1 (1541) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark ruby-black with a big finger of frothy dark khaki head. Fades slowly.
S - Sweet dark caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, pepper, other spices, candi sugar, booze.
T - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisin and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, pepper, other spices, candi sugars, some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet, and lightly spicy finish.
D - Great balanced Quad. Good mix of yeast and malt flavors.
Beergeek23322 (420) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
December 2010. From a 750 ml. bottle. Pours dark brown. Lots of spices, brown sugar and dried fruit aromas. Awesome seasonal beer.
Palme (2234) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.75l corked bottle from EtrŤ. This is a deep brown one, almost what you might call a bit murky in color and it has a medium sized somewhat fading light brown top that clings to the sides of the glass. On the nose I get a strong and powerful Iím-Belgian expression. Tons of that Belgian yeast with alcohol and candied dark sugar. There are spices in this also; I get cloves and cardamon mainly. Some chocolate paper traces also present. Quite nice. Itís somewhat lively - and again "Belgian" on the carbonation this, and it has a nice gliding-oily mouthfeel. Up on the taste I get licorice, Belgian yeast, alcohol, dark burned syrup. Itís also kinda peppery and spiced with more cardamon and cloves, and it has a subtle but most definitely present acidity-sourness that gives it a new twist. Ends with even more licorice and a gentle but present nice alco-burn in the aftertaste. Ho-Ho! Iím getting in that nice Christmas mood while/after drinking this! 25.11.2012
omega (489) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thank you Jesus for this beer. A little late on delivering this to my door, but a good Christian will forgive you. Does the monks finger, and his happy demeanor concern anyone else? And the beer is good too.
RexTalionis (1425) - FINLAND - MAR 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 75 cl. Pours dark brown in color with a thick creamy tan head. Sweet darker fruits as plums, raisins and dadels in flavor. Some dough and dark bready notes as well. Sweet malty, slightly vinous notes, some dough and them darker fruits again are apparent in the taste. Pretty heavy with some dark sweet fruity influences.
beerbastard (499) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 bottle on a cold wintery night. Pours dark reddish brown with fine lacing. Dark fruits with spices in the nose. Nutmeg, clove spices that blend well with the dark fruit and malts. Well carbonated lively palate. Very warming finish. Damn good beer tonight. This is a well balanced full flavored beer.
NeoHippie2 (450) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This seems just a tad lighter than the Abt 12 but very similar. Not a bad thing! Pours dark brown, aromas of dried fruit, brown sugar, and spices. Really complex aroma. Flavor follows suit, very rich and complex. Long finish. Impressive beer, definitely something I could drink every holiday season.
wordemupg (8) - calgary, CANADA - FEB 20, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
13/07/09 750ml corked bottle i got at dalhouise co-op
A dark brown with some ufoís
S quite nice some raisins booze and lots of spice,
T also quite nice yeast, bread and yes lots of spice, raisins, and nutmeg sits heavy booze is there but would not guess 10%
M thick but not creamy nor chewey, good carbonation, Solid overall
D not the best day for drinking, "summer" night in calgary would have been better as a winter warmer (DUH)
weihenweizen (1164) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle set on the counter for half an hour and then poured into a trappist glass. Pours tranlucent dark/medium brown with small beige head which dissapates quickly. Little lacing, medium/thick body, well carbonated, and light dark fruit aroma. Taste is dark candy sugar, some honey, some booze, and some dark fruit (mostly raisin). This is sweet, a little hard to drink, and pretty close to St. Bernardus 12.
bartlebier (459) - Baden-WŁrttemberg, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from 75cl bottle @ BrugsBierFestival 03/02/2013. - slightly distracted by animated talk with the brewer at the stand, but as far as I remember this was just as rich and somewhat sweeter and spicier than regular Bernardus 12, which in turn is even smoother and more elegant. Expertly brewed, no apparent alcohol whatsoever.