greenclansman (631) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - JAN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear brown color, big head.
strong yeasty aromas, with some dark fruits.
sweet taste from the fruits. spices on the afteraste. a very strong sweet beer
Palme (2695) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33l bottle. This is a crystal clear dark ruby-brown one with a big - no, make that massive fluffy and everlasting off-white top that’s leaving some pretty heavy lacings down the sides of the glass. On the nose this is definitely Belgian alright. Yeasty with a soft fruitiness, but it’s the spices that dominates. Cloves and star anise mainly, well, at least that’s the one I can distinctively separate from the rest. I’m sure there are more blended in here. OK, let’s taste it: Quite heavy and aggressive on the carbonation this! It has a strong Belgian flavor with candied sugar, Belgian yeast and Belgian fruitiness. The spices are more blended, and actually quite tricky to dig out. Some anise and fennel perhaps? I’m really not sure what spices they have put in this one, but they are most definitely present. Ends with clear traces of alcohol - that continues into a warming spicy and alcoholic aftertaste. Yummy as a late night warmer in my attempt to stay awake to be able to buy tickets for Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. Wonder if I will be able to keep the good old eyes open after finishing this.. 02.11.2012
jackl (3475) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Delayed gusher! The pour’s a slightly thin reddish brown with a large head that quickly fades. The pour’s bruised yellow apple. Fruity esters. Sweet bubblegum. Candied cherry, rich caramel. Spices, some nutmeg. Rich aromas. The taste is apple cider. Candied plums and other dark fruits. Hot raisin-steeped booze. Caramelized brown sugar. Toffee, spiced christmas cake. Light herbal accents. Somewhat boozy on the finish. This is a sipper indeed. Somewhat thin profile, strong carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice christmas beer. It’s very much as you’d expect.
erickok (2821) - Tours, FRANCE - JAN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper brown body and yellowish kaki head. Lots of spices, cinnamon, red apple, clove and sweet crusty bread. Lively carbonation, sweet start but more roasted malts and bitterness later on. Warming body, ending not too long but rich in flavour. Very refined and just enough spice. Tasty for for sure, although it could even be richer. (33cl bottle from Cave Gambrinus)
GerryM (34) - Girona, - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massa lleugera, poc especiada, color bonic.Poc intensa, no evocadora de nadal
rand (1120) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille 33 cl des Gourmets - Neuchâtel (CH). Brune rougeoyante à mousse ocre importante et pétillement fort. Nez malté, fruité, caramel, épices, pointe d’anis et chocolat. La bouche est onctueuse, sucrée avec un corps énorme, caramélisée avec des notes rôries, fruits rouges et fruits macérés, madère et gamme d’épices. Amertume subtile, Winter Warmer assez gazeuse.
jfb (3159) - GERMANY - JAN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) pours a clear deep ruby colour with a frothy beige head. aroma of lavender, figs and bubble gum, herbal hops, caramel, light vanilla and cinnamon. flavour is mostly the same, very spicy, with a light sweetness and big notes of burnt toffee, earth, chamomile and brown sugar. medium to heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.
Kingi (419) - - JAN 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
clear brown colour white head. I don’t know how to describe the aroma or taste really. Both pleasant but nothing special. Medium carbonation medium body, slightly alcoholic finish.
jesperhammer (2512) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25-DEC-2012, bottle @Morten, from Superbest.
Clear amber with lasting tan head.
Spice, bread, yeast, malt, a little roast.
High carbonation, medium body.
OK X-mas brew.
zacgillbanks (1476) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. A very dark brown and ruby red beer that pours with a huge foamy head. It has a rich red wine-port like body with sultanas, christmas pudding and treacle in the finish.