FatPhil (12736) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Keg (Poirotti Eira, Helsinki)
Rich ruby red. Thin light persistent head. Initially a cnadifloss sweet aroma with a sharp mint component, and a slight hint of banana too. Soft lightly carbonated, feels lovely in the mouth. Sweet malty body. Finally it clicks! The aroma has caroway in it, it’s almost like some aquavits. Classic strong Belgian beer.
Rerate of (6-4-8-4-13=3.4)
330ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Winter Ales 2004)
Distinctly belgian. Brown, with a fluffy head. Flowery but rich malty aroma. Brown (brun) malty taste.
HenrikSoegaard (12677) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 This is a real christmas-beer. Strong head and a magnificent golden colour. This beer is so inviting that you just need to smell and taste it. And you won´t be dissapointed. It smells and tastes just as good as it looks.
Ratman197 (12570) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a lightly hazy garnet with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of sweet malt, spice and some fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of sweet malt, spice, apple andc a hint of raisin with a lingering sweet finish.
bu11zeye (12567) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750 ml bottle) Pours a clear mahogany body with a large rocky light tan head. Aroma of toffee, yeast, apples, and spices. Complex yeast and spices. Smooth, creamy palate.
Christian (12320) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2008 Cloudy red, brown beer with a big bubbly, off-white, short lived head. Malt, orange and berries in the aroma. Has a pleasant bitterness in the flavour with a litte metallic note, and it has way too much carbonation for my taste.
One year old: More pleasant carbonation? Same aroma. Fruity, toffee, spicy flavour, in excellent balance.
Lubiere (12285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark brown ale with a thin moka head. Sweet candy malt with orange peels, coriander, cardamom, rich aroma. Rich malt in mouth, with nice classy hops, licorice, coriander, chocolate. Very rich bodied with smooth warming alcohol finish. Merci Chris. Shared with Chris, and Mike, November, 2005.
Benzai (12222) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Cafe buitenlust, Oirschot. Don’t really like the smell but the taste is fine. Hazy dark brown color. Medium body, decent carbo.
mcberko (11989) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle, split 5 ways, pours a hazy orangey brown with a medium beige head. Aroma of candied sugar, licorice, mint and nutmeg. Flavour of X-mas spices (including nutmeg), licorice, slight mint and caramel malt - quite muted though. Medium carbonation with a flavour profile that dies quickly. Decent, but nothing special.
bierkoning (11878) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Chuncks of yeast float through this beer. Dough aroma with raisin. Good lacing. Sweet flavor with raisin, dough, licorice and orange. Full bodied, alcohol well hidden. Good beer!
From tap @ Café Morshuis in Albergen, december 2009: malty aroma with dried figs and some roast. medium to full bdoied. Malty, slightly roasty flavor with butter, dried fruit and a hint of cinnamon. Sticky mouthfeel but satisfyingly balanced.
thewolf (11844) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2015 New rating. Bottle from BeerShoppen, Kolding. Pours lovely burgundy red with a medium, staying, yellowish head. Aroma i sweet, nuts, caramel, a slight touch of anise, some cloves. High carbonation, fat and oily mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, caramel in the front, a touch of raspberry, esters, anise and clove. Quite warming finish.
An absolutely stunning beer. Quite sweet when you first taste it, but with several undertones of cinnamon, koriander and fruityness. It has a beautiful brown/yellow head. Recommended to drink it above 5 degrees C.
9/4/9/4/18 = 4.4