redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Color of strong tea with a large even off-white head. Yeast, toffee, mild fruit and spices in aroma. Medium toffee taste, not too sweet. A spicy carbonated mouthfeel. An alcohol silkiness. Another very nice beer from a very good brewer.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours amber brown with a massive slightly off white head that is very fully retained. There will be huge lacing with this one. Aroma is dead on belgian syle, raisin, clove, and some spices. Mouthfeel is extavigant, although the flavor is a bit muddled. Initial flavor is quite sweet, though the finish is very nice yeast. Complex and for me a bit confusing Belgian Strong.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Saints be praised, I have a friend that comes bearing bottles of glad tidings. The sweet elixir of mirth and merriment. Comment was made that to me is as worthy of a direct comment on the specifics of the beer - that were we to have only had a small sample rather than splitting a 750 our judgement would have been clouded by odd tastes emanating from a clash of flavours due to previous bottle. Once past that it was found to be every bit as delicious as hoped. Thick, dark, deep and wonderful.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate brown with a massive tanish yellow head. Frothy, full lasting head leaves beautiful lacing. Thick malty, alcoholic aroma ridden with ripened fruit, musty cobwebs, and green grape. Toffee, dry malt, grape, mildly alcoholic flavor is very warming. Full mouthfeel is gummy and chewey. Delicious.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002, 750 ml. bottle.
Caramel, butterscotch aroma. Clear ruby at first, hazy pomegranate at the end. Pours a gigantic toffee head, constant stream of bubbles, loads of lace. Rich treacle flavour, with plums, raisins, rum cake and almonds. Full bodied, very warmimg, pleasantly bitter, quite a dry finish. Well made, really nice on a cold winter night!
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick head, cloudy amber, lacking some life. Slightly alcoholic, light aroma, some lightly exposed yeast. Alcohol up front, bitterness shows up later on.
skortila (4177) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 1 year old. Aroma is sweet, malty, yeasty and fruity (apple) Quite good. Cloudy, brown coloured; nice lasting head. Sweet taste of malts and yeast. Apple notes. More bitter toward the end. Alcohol is well masked. Decent and pleasant brew. Good on dec. 25.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep ruby in colour with a large cream coloured head. Aroma of bread, yeast, malt, caramel and some sweetness. Flavour of malt, lots of sweetness, sugar and spices. Finish is a medium yeasty bitterness with some alcohol.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium brown with a thick light tan head. Sweet Belgian malt and bready yeast aroma. Body has a good sweetness and nice complexity with some hints of spice toward the finish. Goes down very smooth with very little noticeable alcohol. A nice seasonal.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml corked [2003, fresh]: Light amber brown beneath a fluffy taupe head. Aroma is filled with peach flesh, juicy blueberries and succulent raspberries. Loads of fresh sough dough bread, delicately spicy yeast, and soft flower petals. Flavours grow softly complex at room temp as the lively carbonation blends buttery malts, apple cinnamon spice, the sweet taste of a woman and luscious berries into a wonderful Christmas package. An elegant and beautiful beer!