elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on tap at Brick Store Pub in Decatur. Pours a dark red-brown that is rather murky. A thick tan head that remains for much of the time. Aroma of bubblegum (Juicy Fruit, actually), esters, and honey. Flavor is amazingly sweet throughout, with a banana bread and spice character. Mouthfeel is a bit watery but lively. In sum, a wonderful Christmastime ale that should be on anyone’s list who is looking for a holiday beer. Gets an extremely high recommendation.
willisread (1299) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Tanakaya. First Christmas beer of the season. Pours a brown with a 2 finger soapy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Caramel, candy sugar, chocolate toasted bananas and fennel on the nose. Medium body with average to slightly soft carbonation. Silky and sweet on the palate. Super complex; each sip reveals something new. Hides the alcohol masterfully...really drinks like a 6.5% beer. Finish is sweet and slightly syrupy with bananas. A little too sweet for me, but solid.
bulldogops (1402) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #1376 - 12.12.2014 - Sample from @HorizonKyle. Clear, dark brown pour, bubbly tan head that fades to a ring in my St. Ambroise chalice. Aroma is toffee,black licorice, toasted fennel. Taste is alcohol, toffee malts, licorice, fennel - a nice mix of sweet, and tart. Beautiful Christmas ale.
Fujimo2000 (31) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark Amber with off white lacing. Smell is dark fruit. Taste is mild cherry, dried fruit and malt. Very smooth and warming after taste. Very enjoyable.
aleksander9 (957) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red with "fizzy" sounding tan head. Raspberry, cherry, caramel and Belgian yeast. Sweet, sticky, cloying, earth, dry and spicy finish. Overall: Overrated, average and over-carbonated.
Prufrockstar (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at uber. I was inspired by Crow to finally start plugging the gaps in my "classic Belgian" beer list. Clear ruby-tinged mahogany pour. Small head, some lacing. Aroma is quite fruity, in that Belgian cherry redvine kind of way. Caramel, some spice (clove mainly). Tastes rather sweet, almost syrupy but dries out enough in the end to remain drinkable. Full body, velvety syrupy texture. Overall: missing that extra something to draw me in for a repeat.
Niller (1079) - Hammel, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from G&B; Hammel. Pours dark brown with a good tan head. Aroma and taste is sweet malt, dark dried fruits, toffee, brown sugar, yeast. Lively carbonation. Sweet warning finish.
ABS (772) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet’s BU. Dark brown. Light tan head. Candy sugar nose. Some ester and alcohol. Sweet. Full body. Very lively carbonation. Candy sugar and banana flavour. Fruit. Slight hint of cherry. Brown sugar. Very, very good!
Bacchus66 (56) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 330ml. Pours dark brown with a ridiculous head, seriously, took like five minutes to get this into the glass waiting for the thick pillowy head to subside. The nose features a nice whiff of spice and malt, while the complex flavors are all over the place - cinnamon, coriander, clove, raisins, caramel and banana. The warming alcohol makes this a good choice for cold winter nights (with or without a fire). Outstanding.
Mr_Pink_152 (2454) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from The Real Ale Store, Newark. Deep Ruby colour with a tan head. Spicy fruit and slight yeast aroma. Taste light fruity sweet.
Peter_L (1221) - SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska inköpt förra året. Intensiva dofter av dadlar. Kan även urskilja aromer av fruktkaka och russin. Värmande och fyllig munkänsla. De 10% är som bortblåsta från bryggeriets karta. Söt men inte översöt. Fruktig utan överdrift.