MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
reddish brown color, tan head, medium lasting. great lacing. sugary nose, flavor goes in sweet. low caronation. slight hop, alcohol finish.
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - APR 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle, served in Westmalle chalice.
Deep brownish red; moderate head. There's a nice, warm fullness to the taste. Delicious malt character, and an impressively long, distinctive finish. Very good drinkability - it's so easy to forget the 9% abv...
One of the better Christmas brews I've tasted, although it's not in the same league as Gouden Carolus Christmas or Affligem Nöel. A very nice beer, though, and very popular in Denmark - easily the most available imported Christmas brew this year, and winner of several Christmas beer tastings.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dusky ruby red colour. Luxuriant beige head, which dies down quite quickly. Lots of tiny bits in suspension. Loads of old roast malt in the aroma. The taste is of sweet fruit cake, malt loaf and raisins. Alcohol is noticeable. Sweet on the finish, with a lasting treacle toffee aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky. Very warming, but not hugely complex. Not really my favoured style, but quite pleasant. 330ml bottle (bottle conditioned) from beersofeurope.co.uk
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer for noble hops. Translusent, but dark brownish red enough that it is hard to see through the glass. Frothy pour. Aroma of rich maybe Munich malt(something dark) carmel, and (light) molasses. Reminds me of a Martzen almost. Noble hops are abundant in this one. Very unusually for a Noel beer. Full bodied and almost syrupy, like a Martzen. Sweet finish.
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent beige head which disspates to a thin foam. Decent carbonation keeps the foam on top. Slightly cloudy dark orange/brown. Thick, malty aroma with some dark fruit and a touch of alcohol. Slighty sweet, malty flavor with more alcohol. Perhaps some caramel in there. Nothing very distinctive. Nice and warming on the way down. Finish is sweet and leaves a thin film in the mouth. Not a spicy as I would have expected for a winter brew. A good belgian but nothing distinctive to set it apart.
guzzler67 (1473) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown appearance with a medium sized, off white head. Complex aroma with a backdrop of spices, licorice, pinecones and yeast. Malty, spicy, earthy taste with a full-bodied mouthfeel and a good carbonation level. Dry, spicy finish.
jsquire (3297) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear sparkling garnet color out of the corked 750 ml bottle. Lasting big beige head. Lively on the tongue but not distracting. Candi sugar and alcohol nose. Complex flavors of dried fruit, dark bread and sweet malts. Very well balanced with a pleasant alcohol warming sensation as it goes down. Great beer.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber in color with a medium off-white head.Dark fruit, spicey, malty, warming alcohol aroma. Flavor is malty,warming in alcohol,spciey and a touch of rasted malt.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smooth brown body with a nice continuous cream head. Flavor is pretty smooth, a little fruity and very warming beer. Aroma is nothing special; sweet with some spice and alcohol notes to it. Not a bad beer, but not a memorable one.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 Deep cloudy orange color, plum-like sweetness. Starts smooth, ends sweet but in a yeasty sort of way. Excellent.