Habanero (2808) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Nice lasting beige head. Ruby, brown colour. Aroma with caramel and fruit. Sweet caramel alcoholic flavour with notes of dried fruit, yeast and herbs. Mild finish. A favorite x-mas ale.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap. Wonderful apperance, with a very tight and long-lasting head atop a beautiful burgundy brew. Sweetish, complex, lots of fruit and that Belgian yeast flavor. Very good, warming.
Skinnyviking (7332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Medium, brownish head. Dark brown. Spicy, complex aroma and flavor. Not too sweet.
saxo (14348) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red brownish colour. Taste of caramel and nuts. Medium lasting head. Nice full body with lots of taste
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Craggy , sudsy, light khaki head over a rich maroon beer with fine particulate. Candied ginger nose with a robust maltiness, melanoidin richness, and various candied dark fruits. Medium to high sweetness (accounting for some alcohol sweetness), moderate cola-like acidity and low bitterness. Malty and rose-like retronasal; aroma begins to show solvent notes. Medium body with a sticky texture and tingling carbonation. Some higher alcohols ding an otherwise straightforward, reasonably well attenuated and malty-fruity sipper.
19.11.2009 update, 33 cl bottle, best before 02.09.2011.
Original rating. Muddy brown-red hue with a frothy tan and off-white head. Light caramel, heavy pears, fruity pebbles, vinous, fruit flavored sugar candy, herbal, cinnamon. Moderately-heavy sweet, moderately acidic (sharp) flavor. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish. Medium-full body, slick texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent.
FrankJohansen (3603) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red brownish colour. Taste of caramel and nuts. Medium lasting head. Nice full body with lots of taste.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark brown, thin white head. Acidic, orange nose with some hints of alcohol. Acidic raisin flavour. Almost no bitterness. Small yeasty notes in finish.
Rastacouere (6142) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Off-white ring covers the dark brown to ruby body. Immediately spicy aroma, straightforward cinnamon, nutmeg and mellow anise make a christmasty, spicy foreground backed by what might be the regular st-feuillien brune, or the dark malts are really similar. Caramel malt comes out cakey. A mild tart bite is quickly overturned by the spicy anise and curacao. Light-medium bodied, less full than expected, moderately high carbonation. Respectable, but unimpressive in the department of christmas ales, the spices are a bit too dominant on the flavor balance and sweetness seems less well integrated than in top examples..
Papsoe (25079) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 33 cl) Well, this may be licensed away to Affligem these days, but my version was from Brasserie Friart in Le Roeulx - the original home of the St. Feuillien range. Dark brown, very hazy - lots of impurities here. All the typical notes of sweet, dried fruits, roasted malts and candy sugar - with some spices. A very full-bodied, potent beer - almost the quintessence of a Christmas beer. Lovely. 200398
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 a mes rate:
alcohol, candy sugar and liquorice nose with a hint of cough sweets. small but longish lasting cream head. the palate is just right with just a hint of carbonation. sweet malty and fruity with a wonderful slow, warm alcohol finish. christmas pudding but a tad nicer! decent stuff