ACHops (1286) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Stumbling Monk. Pours watery murky red with a thick and super creamy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is banana, clove, and yeast. Taste is slightly sweet caramel malts with slightly spicy finish. The 10% abv is well concealed. Funny that this qualifies as a Christmas beer in Belgium, doesn’t taste much different from a standard dubbel. Nice beer, all the same.
cheap (5215) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Finally had a chance to taste this on tap in the magic tree’s christmas in july happening. Darker ale. Neat how it appears as fairly flat but even without co2 there is a tad of cutting effects on the palette. Was expecting another over the top holiday beer but what I got was a milder, more civilized vesion of what was expected. This is a well balanced brew between a typical holiday spiced brew and a good civilized belgian. Yes, finally a holiday brew that I can respect. Right there in the league of good holiday ales like Reclamation Christmas Ale. Look, I don’t care for any holiday ales, but this is acceptable.
heavy (2662) - Split, CROATIA - JUL 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A 0.75 l bottle that poured a hazy copper body with medium sized ivory head. Aroma of caramel, cooked dark fruits, spices, including cinnamon and cloves, sour cherry and of course yeast. Flavor was lightly sweet and toasted and lightly roasted malts, caramel-coffee, cocoa, dark fruits, winter spicy (cinnamon, herbal). A little bit alcoholic. Full body with long, sweetish finish, sugary, spicy and also a bit perfumey. A fine Christmas beer.
OminouSC2 (401) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red/brown color. Dried fruit aromas, spices, oranges, gillyflowers. Dried fruits, oranges, caramel, yeast and spices. Something off in the taste/finish. Not really sure what. A bit too sweet.
Mesjasz (873) - Lodz, POLAND - JUN 11, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale - uzupełnienie ocen piw pitych przed używaniem ratebeer.
McDear (40) - Napoli, ITALY - JUN 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Una birra veramente particolare che mi ha dato l’immediata impressione dei profumi e dei sentori del Natale. Un immediato amaro di luppolo che cede quasi subito ad un intermezzo di malto e caramello con un finale dolce con decisi aromi di coriandolo e cannella. Schiuma abbondante di colore rosa, alcol forte e deciso a 10 abv come è giusto che sia per una birra natalizia.
Un rara opera d’arte brassicola. Per veri intenditori.
Arayaga2 (2099) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark cola brown with a dense tan head of very tiny bubbles. Aroma is rich cola notes, and taste is the same, with slight cherry funk on a strong dark base. Can’t believe I’ve had it so many times, and am just rating it now. VGF #2, she made a funny face
Helsdon (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this one stewing for over a year. Finally. Racked it open. Pours a rosy brown with lees cloud. Thinner head that breaks down rather fast. Nose of brown sugar, malts and prunes. Similar taste of carmel malts, dried fruits, booze and mild yeast. A little thinner on the palate than I expected but a very nice beer.
Minderbinder (3232) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330ml. Thx JSP
Pours dark brown with medium beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of sugar, spices, belgian yeast. Taste is of sugar, spices, roasted malt, belgian yeast. Palate: Full bodied. Soft-medium carbonation. Overall: Good, tasty, strong. Not overdone. Nice yeast indeed.
Leini (1772) - SWEDEN - APR 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Dark mahogany body with a medium head. Plums, dried fruit, spices, syrup, candid sugar, some earthy notes. ABV pretty much not noticable.
wolfcarnival (231) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 1, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
drunk in beergeek bar around xmas. pours dark brown with a tan head, thick lacing. deep aroma of dark fruits, spices, caramel. tastes creamy and rich, with plums, apple, toffee, cinnamon, candied orange. real tangy yeast flavour to finish. totally great. just my type of boozy fruity burnt toffee ale