hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked & caged bottle. Rated using my new Duvel tulip glass. Large ivory head with good lacing, carbonated, cloudy, and a ruby brown hue. Malty, caramel, sweet, spicy, and alcohol aroma. Flavor was sweet, malty caramel, spicy, and mild vinuous taste. Smooth mouthfeel.
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Brown color with a thin head. Wheat aroma with a bit o’ banana. Mildly alcoholic taste with a solid hit of bread. Tasty, but quiet.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown/Red Coloring with Off-White Head. Spice, Fruity and Spice Aroma. Bread Dough Flavor. Carbonation..Spice..Fruity..Subtle and Nice.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. cquiroga is right, this is like anchor’s christmas release Belgian style. Slightly spicy. Too sugary and sweeter than I like it. Overall this is not my type of beer. Still, it is very nicely made.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a clouded brown color with a small off-white head. Smell is caramel and spice. Taste is of caramel malts spices and finishes with a slight alcohol flavor. Overall a nice brew.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Exhuberant light brown head on top of a ruby red/brown body. This beer has a strong taste, with fruits and nuts, but also bitterness in the taste. What’s more, I could distinctly feel the alcohol in this brew, which is never very nice. I’d say it’s a half-failure as a Chisrtmas ale.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty... not the typical belgian nose, very fruity instead. Can’t remember much, hehe, had it at the SA fest.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2004 Ruby. Nice, distinct Belgian aroma of dark fruits, dark malts (caramel and toffee) and spice. Mellow but still very balanced and immensely flavorful. Notes of butterscotch, caramel and chocolate and a touch of fruits, ones that are dark in color. Dry. Lingering. Delicious.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer pours a deep ruby amber color and is topped by a light brown head that is fed by a prodigious carbonation. The aroma is thick with alcohol, underneath this are notes of rum, raisins, caramel. The taste is only lightly sweet, but it is quite malty and rich with notes of caramel a biscuits. There is a nice spiciness here as well, that is fed by the sharp alcohol notes. As this beer warms up a bit, the alcohol softens a bit, and the beer becomes softly fruity, with notes of plum, raisin, fig, pear, and apple.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle. Brownish orange in color with a tan head. Caramel aroma, musty. Chewy caramel flavor. Prune and raisin notes in the flavor too. Enjoyable.