tsetlock (66) - Hartland Twp, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper red body with a dense white head. Aroma has a warming alcohol feeling . Also some hint of fruit in the background here. Flavor is sweet malt, candy sugar, citrus and herbs. A full bodied beer with a complex taste of Christmas.
jamestulloch (1580) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cornelius. Hazy ruby body with a medium beige head that holds well. Lively carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of spices, burnt toast, stewed apple and strawberry syrup. Flavour of wood, red fruits and a hint of liquorice. Medium body with a powdery texture. Light fizz. Very easy drinking for the strength.
AtronSeige (708) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Sharp spicy initially. Medium-light minty, licorice, pepper
Appearance: Clear, brown body. Medium, tan head, fair retention
Flavour: Rich malty, melanoidins, licorice. Medium sweetness. Medium-light bitterness. Dry, crisp finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. High carbonation
Overall: Very nice, but the licorice tends to be the prominent flavour.
330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre!
18E. Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Sjohnh (251) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddy brown body with a frothy tan head - very lively at first. Aroma of malt, brown sugar and sherry trifle. Good body, though no more than medium. Flavours include cherry, mulled wine, sugar and darker malts. Good, bit too sweet maybe.
EdKing (1983) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wholefoods Piccadilly. Pours clear reddish brown, large off white to beige foam head. Nose is caramel, malty, prune, dried fruit, spices, herby. Taste is caramel, spice, slight grape or cognac, prune, dried dark fruit. Nice spicy Christmas beer, with full flavour.
Jonb5 (395) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip. A: Dark ruby, bronzy in colour, looked thick without being opaque, medium slightly tanned head, pretty good head retention. S: Cherry, molasses. T: Fig, prune, brown sugar, some cherry which faded before any sourness could kick in, something made me think of mouse. Kept the booze under wraps. M: Light texture, moderate carbonation. O: Good beer to accompany a heavy meal on a cold day, does what its supposed to.
thanatosti (978) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Café Olivier, Utrecht with Ivar.
Hazy brown with a a tan head. aroma of caramel, lightly roasted malts and star anice. Taste is sweetish and the body is rather thin.
SaintMatty (5536) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml Bottle - Brown/red with a small head. Dried fruit, marzipan and aniseed in the aroma. Fruity taste with aniseed, liquorice and dried fruit all feature in the taste.
joskevermeulen (23) - liedekerke, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Typisch donker kerstbier. Heerlijk van smaak. Een zware jongen maar smaakt zeker zo niet. Probeer ook de vorige jaargangen, zeker in flessen van 75cm, het bier betert met de jaren
erling1000 (131) - - DEC 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A chestnut coloured X-Mas ale with very high, creamy head. Aroma is dried fruit, caramel, malty, yeasty, a bit vineous and a bit spicy. Taste sweet and a little bitter.
Foffern (1301) - Bodø, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. 2 years old. Pours a hazy, deep brown head and big, soapy, beige head. Careful aroma of dried fruit, berries, chocolate, dried meat and leather. A little careful. The flavour has more leather, meat, coffee, some chocolate and wood. Has a slick and silky mouth feel, and a light bitterness. Proper dark Belgian ale but a little light maybe.