mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a muddy, murky brown with a touch of orange highlights. Produces a thick, dense beige head which fades to a wispy film. No substantial lacing noted. Nose is slightly muted, but noted are pleasant aromas of ripe pear and apple, along with hints of caramel, malt, orange zest, spices and some faint alcohol. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and chewy with a tongue-tingling carbonation. Beautiful complex flavors emerge of cocoa, toffee, caramel, dark wheat bread, fig, brown sugar and a touch of various spices. The alcohol is flavor enhancing and pleasantly warming. Finishes with a moderately firm herbal/hop bitterness which nicely counters the ale’s sweet characteristics. Very classy.
Stefano (1953) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 Attractive aroma, a bit of holiday cheer and a tingle of season felicitations. Malty flavor with some classic saltiness provided by the frothy, vigorous palate, which bursts with carbonation and then fades quickly from the reddish body. Enjoyable caramel and touch of spice. My favorite Christmas beer.
Borup (11044) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl. Bottle. Brown colour with white head. Aroma is malt, spice, fruit. Flavour is very sweet caramel, fruit and spice.
Quevillon (2864) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bu d’une bouteille de 75 c. à la Fête Bière & Saveures 06 (#2). Couleur ambrée foncée, collet moyen. Arome plaisant de malte de caramel légèrement épicé. Goût assé épicé avec une sensation d’alcool sur la langue.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy brown color – sharp quickly dissipating white head - tons of sediment - nose of orange , cherry / chocolate , and yeast - taste of sour red fruits ( cherries , and raspberries ) , oranges , malt , brown sugar , and acidic - medium body - aftertaste of sour acidic red fruit , malts and brown sugar
OldMrCrow (2364) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Brouwers.
Pours a hazy red-tinted brown. The aroma is mildly sweet, noticably spiced; the flavor is dark caramel with mulling spices and raisins, a slightly salty, even a hint of tobacco.
Certain well crafted and enjoyable enough, but I didn’t get outright excited about this one.
fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown with a large light brown head, good lacings. Aroma heavy malty (sweet brown fruits, roasted, brown sugar, spices), light hoppy and yeasty. Flavor heavy sweet, light to moderate bitter, spicy. Medium to full body, creamy, soft carbonated. The strength is not felt. A very good Christmas ale.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a murky reddish brown with a thick lasting light tan head. Aroma is quite complex, I almost enjoy smelling this beer more than drinking it. Spiced candied cherries soaked in brandy and vanilla. Flavor is quite smooth and all of the different tastes blend together beautifully. There is a robust caramel maltiness with a light roasted character mixed with gentle spicing and a gab bag of dark fruits. Hops are used quite heavily for a belgian beer, mostly leaving a soft bitterness that helps dry the beer out. Finish is pleasant to say the least, sweet but not cloying, bitter but not overpowering the malt, and lasts on the tongue so you can enjoy this one for a long time.
Diogène (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dark brown and ruby brew with a huge beige head. Aroma is citrus, spices, caramel, yeast, dark fruits and malt. Taste is roasted malts, yeast, spices, raisins, plums, caramel. It is well balanced, sweet with some bitterness, full body.
kmarthomebrew (18) - USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice slightly cloudy appearance. I like a bottle fermented beer that isn’t transparant. Nice citrusy aroma with a little hint of sourness. Warm mouthfeel with complex presentation of flavors. Nice sweet roasted malt flavor with secondary hints of yeast and citrus. Slight bitter aftertaste but not so much as to take away from the overall pleasure. Overall a decent beer.