BiddleBrau (932) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Older bottle, not sure how old but it’s gathered some dust over the years. Really nice mahogany copper color. Age has hurt the head potential here. Rich malty nose, some dark fruit and slight alcohol present. Alcohol burn up front is distracting as is prickly carbonation. Malt flavor and body are big here but I’m still struggling with. Tobacco, cocoa flavors, a bit yeasty/bready flavor round things out a bit. I feel the handling of this bottle (sub optimal) has lead to some deficiencies. I’d certainly welcome the opportunity to try this again as this is no fly by the night brewery.
veceo (464) - CROATIA - AUG 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown color, big tan, uneven, staying head. Full body, soft carbonation. Aroma of brown sugar, malts, yeast, banana, mulled wine, dark fruits. Medium sweet taste. Very good christmas ale.
k92488 (255) - NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
DWF; Bottle from Cardinal, Bottle 1,5l. White thick head.Aroma is malt and caramel, fruity, alchol and yeast.Taste is sweet and sour.
Travlr (11018) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber brown, thin light tan head, scant malty aroma. Full mouth, light chocolate start with caramel, but not too sweet. I’d like to try this one after laying it down for 3 or 4 years - hopefully will become more complex
mjik83 (107) - - AUG 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl flesje via Être Gourmet
Alcoholpercentage van 10%
Uitgeschonken in Leffe glas
Uiterlijk: hazelnoot kleurig, minimale schuimkraag
Aroma en smaak: banaan, donker fruit, kruidig, caramel
Conclusie: lekker bier, maar niet helemaal mijn smaak. Ook geen kerst nu natuurlijk.
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Darkmagus82 (964) - - AUG 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-4-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – The beer was served a deep mahogany colored brew with a decent haze and a thick one finger head. The head faded holds on for some time, eventually fading to give a decent level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma was heaviest of dark fruit aromas of plum, raisin and some fig. Mixed with these aromas is a very subtle spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) aroma as well as a yeast aroma and a little bit of banana.
Taste – The taste begins with the dark sweet fruits that were detected in the nose. The raisin and prune character of the taste are soon joined by a yeasty taste as well as a spice flavor. While the spice starts off on the weaker side it soon grows stronger with flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg becoming more potent. Flavors of a banana nature and some bready tastes then come to the tongue. These flavors all mingle together to in the end , with the advent of some alcohol taste, leave a warming fruity spiced taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is quite creamy with a carbonation level that is rather moderate. The creamy body is fantastic as it baths the tongue in the fruit, bready, and warming alcohol flavors of the brew. The carbonation seems to add just the right excitement to the mouthfeel to complement the spice tastes. Overall rather pleasant.
Overall – Quite tasty of fruit, warming and just the right amount of spice. A delicious winter warmer.
mikske79 (1100) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Een deftig kerstbier zoals het hoort te zijn, met veel smaak aan. Er zijn er betere maar zeker ook slechtere.
StilleStorm (703) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DWF; Bottle from Cardinal, Bottle 1,5l. thank you! Aroma is special malt and caramel, ripe fruit, alchol, complex and spesial. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet, warming and sweet lasting. Body, texture and carbonation is it.
pkmd1 (23) - - AUG 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark brown pour with frothy white tall head. It's 10% Alc is obvious with each mouth full. Has a somewhat effervescent feel in the mouth with a hint of bitter at the end. Over all nice darker Abby Ale
chinchill (1797) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large bottle served in a large Piraat tulip.
A: Dark but clear red-brown body. Large, durable, off-white foamy head,with exceptional lacing. Patchy sticky lace decorates the glass well after tipping.
Aroma: Dark fruits and dark bread crust. Faint spices. yeast and an unforutnate touch of must.
Flavor: Sweet, but not overly so, with hints of toffee and brown sugar. Hints of spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. A suggestion of rum. Dark fruit in abundance. No mustiness, thankfully. Complex and layered. Faint, ripe banana.
Feel: medium body. Medium-heavy but soft carbonation makes for a light and lively feel.. Smooth, sticky and gently warming.
O: More like an ABT 12 than St. Bernardus Prior 8. Better than the Prior 8 and, if not for the aroma, it would be better than the ABT 12 too. Despite the Xmas theme, quite enjoyable in the summer. Highly recommended.
MarcoDL (2143) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very malty and herbal beer. Sweet as well of course, but in a good way. The spices balance the sweetness that mostly dominates christmas beers.