mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a high quality christmas beer. Very malty, but still well balanced. I’ll have this again!
OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Glorious ruby red amber clear colour. Huge, medium lasting large bubbled beige head with some lace. Typical plum pudding festive Belgian aroma plus nice whiff of fruity passionfruit, and faint cheesy yeast and light spices. Medium body. Beautifully balanced, and even soft, bitter-sweet palate, masking the high ABV - how they do it is beyond me. Chewy lightly spiced caramel and bitter middle and finish. Roll on winter time.
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
merry christmas good beer ya
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty nice, you wouldn’t really pick that it was 9%, pretty well hidden, dried fruit flavour, slightly gassy, soft yeast character and slightly spicy, i think it was nice, not sweet at all, which is always nice in the stronger brews.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 For starters, a fine hop herb salad…Then, a bitter christmas roast with hot apple sauce…For dessert, a huge piece of chocolate cinnamon cake…Some nuts to end the banquet…How many pounds have I gained?…I don’t care…
pilsnerrogge (2271) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flavorful, spicy & STRONG!! Not bad at all.
omhper (17478) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany coloured. Toffee aroma. Sweet initially, fruity and butterscotchy, but bitterish and somewhat dryish finish. Complex and tasty, but IMO not really as good as their tripel.
DrBeer (825) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red-brown-copper hue. Lots of caramell and cotton candy or merengue in the nose. Some tea. The taste is fruity and has that merengue taste. A hint of licorice toffee. Somewhat bitter finish. An ace season ale.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 corked: This beer has an extremely dense, pillowy, creamy, swirly, off-tan head with wonderful retention. Aroma is of yeast, herbs, cinnamon stick, vagina (i am not trying to be funny either)), black cherries (as beer reaches room temp) and hops. This beer is definitely not smooth as the description states. Over carbonated, IMO, too bitter, salty, and no malt depth at all. In other words, lacking complexity. The first disappointment from this brewery. Ordered from Belgium. Boy, at the end of this ’magnum,’ it has really improved. With the yeast added and near room temp, this beer has drastically changed. Some pine was noticed up front (very reminiscent of Anchor OSA) as were the malts (finally!), in the dry finish.
jonas (5044) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
caramel and malt balanced well against hoparomas. A bit vinous but not too heavy.