PLundsgaard (433) - Tranbjerg J, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma/Malty-toasted, Appearance Head/Initial-creamy, Head/Color-off white, Head/Longevity-fully lasting, Body/Hue-brown, Initial Flavor-acidic light, Palate/Body-medium to full
Verry good beer
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. 2005 vintage. Pours a very deep brown with a large, lasting head. Aroma is malty, fruity, spicy. The taste is typical Belgian Strong Ale with a little holiday spice for the season.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours a plumb rouge that is nearly black with a swampy, diminishing head. The nose is strongly of sweet, fermented malts and alcohol. Ah, this is lightly spiced as well. The taste is all sweetness save for the upfront bitterness of the alcohol. What fruitiness that is there is all plumbs and chewy, sugar coated candies. The hops are, well, not really there.
gnoff (9283) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On bottle at a friends place, had been stored about a year after it was purchased. Bought some time in the end of 2004.
Dark nice color, very big head with a brownish color. Not very spicy/seasoned, the way I like my christmas beers. Heavy taste, but not really any distinct alcohol in it.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with a huge tannish, foamy head. Nose is a bit dusty with caramel, dark fruits and tons of malts. A bit earthy. The flavor is robust and full of hops and malts. A bit roasty, somewhat toasty. The hops are fruity along with a huge presence of spices. Coriander maybe. Some bitterness and a touch of bubblegum. There is something here I cannot place. Probably the carmelized malts. Thick and chewy, leaves a pretty strong coating in the mouth. The end is sweet, almost syrupy with a touch of fruit and caramel.
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2004 Vintage. Amber-brown beer with a big light cocoa colored head. Spicey, malty, yeasty aroma. Sweet malt flavor with lots of yeast and dried fruits. Some Xmas spice. Rich and complex, yet easy to drink. Alcohol makes itself known in the background.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Kafe Belgie, Utrecht. Dark borwn with hints of red under a large tan head. Didn’t pick up much in the nose, but I had a cold. Flavor is slightly fruity and not too sweet. Alcohol is present, but not too strong. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Would love to try this again.
tsp (113) - DENMARK - JAN 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Pours hazy reddish brown with beige stable head and quite strong carbonation. The taste is complex (in a very plesant way) with notes of dried fruits (primarilly prunes and apricots), roasted malts, toffee and coffee. One of the best cristmas beers around.. :-)
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Powerful sweet, spicy aroma with hints of prunes, banana and nutmeg. Brown/red colour with a quite long-lasting light brown foam and a lot of carbonation. Nice flavour a little on the dry side, where sweet roasted malts dominate the flavour. Nice filling mouth feel but aftertaste is not overly long. A very nice beer though...
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2010 Bottled. A dark purply-brown coloured beer with a small tan coloured head. Big aroma of dried fruit together with a little oakiness, rum and brown sugar. The taste is yeasty and very fruity. Lots of different berries compete with candy sugar and alcohol. Quite complex and very tasty but the initial joy can give way to a little cloyingness.Score 3.5
Subsequent ratings scored 3.5 and 3.6. Score unchanged