jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper colour with mahoghany and ruby tints. Nice dense medium sized tan head tops the beer. Aroma of caramel, malt, light cherries and a slight fruityness. Medium-bodied; Sharp carbonated spiceyness with a bit of coriander seed freshness. Overall, a decent beer to try-especially around the holidays! I had this bottle at the Winter Party at Oakes' place in Toronto, Canada on 05-December-2003. Many thanks go out to Jacob (Frielock) for supplying this beer for us to sample at the party!
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany colour, with a sweet malty aroma and hints of spice. A better beer than I am giving it credit for here I think. Would like to try this one again.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby cloudy body. Sweet malty aroma with lots of fruity yeast notes also. The flavor is a chewy sweetness. I was bit dissapointed at the lack of depth but still this is a nice beer. The alcohol is quite noticeable during and after the swallow.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 Great head on a nice and dark body! Very spicey and fruity aroma and an excellent palate. Voted the best christmas beer available in Denmark in 2002 and it sure is one of the best I have tastet!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks great, with a large, lush, foamy head on a dark reddish brown body. It looks festive. Delicately spicy aroma compliments a yeasty and malty flavor. Mellow and fairly smooth, with only a small hop prescence. It finishes a little thin and watery, though. Overall, pretty decent brew. I suppose I can't complain that this ended up being the big 400 for me!
notalush (4459) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite an attractive brew - deep red in color with a huge, frothy, lasting head - aroma is heavy with dark fruits - flavor is very spicy, with slight caramel and chocolate notes, some fruit - alcohol burns a bit, complimenting the spiciness - medium bodied, finish is light but lingering, with the hints of chocolate most present - nothing about this beer will blow you away, but it's still quite nice.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet dark fruit aroma.Chestnut red appearance with light tan head.Sweetish marachino cherry, prune raisan caramel flavors with a thickish mouthfeel.Mild mellow hops at the finish.Alcohol well hidden.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby red with a nice healthy white head. Acid and cinnamen in the aroma. Has the basic hay bale belgian fell to the body. Aight.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - NOV 30, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg, 2003-11-29, 9-5-9-4-18
Dark ruby color. Alcoholic malty nose, honey, herbs (Drambuie). Incredible flavor: malty, sweet, a lot of raisins; then caramel, spices (nutmeg, coriander, …), gingerbread, sweet orange peel. Gorgeous! The best Belgian ale on keg that I had!
Keg, 2003-01-13, 5-5-7-3-14
Wonderful ruby color, thick generous head. Malt aroma, pretty sweet, too poor hop, a bit metallic, missing a real character. Caramel in the final.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep, clear, red tintied dark amber with a thin but solid off-white covering...malty aroma with notes of cinnamon, cloves, & other random spices..maybe even a touch of mint..if thats possible...very spicy flavors with notes of big red gum cinnamoness...yeasty like chimay red..cardboardy aftertaste...yeastiness turns slightly astringent in the finish but yo! its got a full body and i get some hints of red grape..