BlackHaddock (4863) - Shropshire, - MAY 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
April 2009: Brown 33cl bottle, best before Oct 09, it had been hanging around in my stash for a couple of years and I decided its time had come!
I knew it could produce a stupidly large head, so I used my equally large ’Judas’ glass to review it in.
Because the glass could take it, the beer looked fantastic. The body was a dark ruby colour, but clear when held to the light. On top sat a wonderfully full off-white, slightly tanned head. At the end of the review there was still a full covering of head, thinner but still a full covering, with heavy lacing down the glass.
The smell is toffee apple with malted biscuits, cinnamon and liquorice, I’ll let you decide which is the strongest when you try the beer.
A hidden sweetness comes through in the taste, not the sickly over-sweet flavour some Belgian Christmas beers have, but never-the-less, it has a sweet side to it. For me the liquorice is the dominant feature of the taste, this gives the beer a dryness that the first sweet impression doesn’t even hint at. Other Christmas type spices arrive as the beer warms (chives?), very moorish!
Rich but not creamy (the liquorice sees to that), the flavours do hang around and the 9% was more and more evident as the review progressed.
For the last two years I’ve been to the ’Belgian Christmas Beer Festival’ in Essen. I like to think I know a bit about this type of beer and this one is worth getting hold of.
jamaty (1155) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bonito color de vino rosado tirando a cereza y bastante transparente. Espuma muy consistente y cremosa. Aroma a frutas rojas y caramelo. Muy rica en la boca, con caramelo, uvas, canela, especias… Buena carbonatación y cuerpo medio. Muy bebible y agradable, pese al alcohol, que no obstante está ahí… calentando el conjunto. Muy sabrosa.
suurjuust (1742) - ESTONIA - MAY 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown beer, medium beige head. Nose is yeast and fruit, some malt notes, spice. Flavor is dried fruit, roasty notes with caramel, sweetness, dried fruit, spice notes. Can hardly detect the alcohol. Tastes pretty christmas-y. Nice.
rami_pl (428) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAY 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Butelka, warka do 14-08-2016. Brazowo-czerwonawe, opalizujace, z bardzo wysoka piana, powoli opadajaca i zostajaca bialawa, cienka warstewka az do konca. Aromaty slodowe, owocowe (zwlaszcza owocowe, i to nie tylko typowe owoce dla BDSA jak sliwki, figi, rodzynki, ale rowniez maliny? wisnie?), przyprawowe, zbozowe, karmelowe. Czasami tez belgijskie drozdze, choc tylko w tle. Nieco winne aromaty tez chwilami. Smak dosc analogiczny - przy czym od innych swiatecznych w charakterze piw rozni je duzo mniejsza przyprawowosc a duzo wyzsza owocowosc. W ustach pozostaja mocno slodkie i slabsze kwaskowato-owocowe posmaki. Goryczka - przyprawowa - dosc wysoka jak na styl. Wysycenie srednie. Alkohol dobrze ukryty. Niemalo ciala. W ustach nieco lepkie, syropowe. Bardzo dobre, bardzo zlozone, ladnie ulozone.
gopherfan99 (881) - CROATIA - APR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; cloudy brown with an off white head; has a fruity aroma with caramel, yeast, and spices; taste is sweet with caramel, dark fruits, and yeast; dry spicy finish; good beer
kustie (388) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown color with thick light brown head. Aroma has ripe fruits, caramel and malt. Taste is malty sweet with quite long a bit dry aftertaste. Flavors of raisin, ripe fruits, caramel and chocolate. Some alcohol warmth also present. Quite high carbonated.
Marduk (3840) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Clear dark copper color. Massive beige-brown head, stays. Looks beautiful. Fruity, peach, slightly sour, raisins, berries, hints of white chocolate in aroma. Caramel, toffee, raisins, white chocolate, berries, touch of Belgian yeast in taste. Quite high carbonation, but it’s not disturbing. Malts and white chocolate with raisins in aftertaste. Nice brew!
thirstyrabbit (1411) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small bottle. Reddish brown body, medium off-white head. Aroma has spices and some rye bread. Dark caramelly taste with more spices and rye bread. Later a hint of plum skin. High carbonation. Finish has herbal bitterness. I’m not a big fan of herbal bitterness but otherwise it’s alright.
martjoobolut (1467) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33L bottle (from Wine of Galilee). Pours copper-ruby with tan head. The head stays forever. Aroma is very sweet, fruits, spices, malt. Flavor is sweet, spices, malt, fruits, plums, toffee, and some alcohol. Finish is burnt sugar bitterness with spices and some alcohol. Overall: nice brew.
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Dark red brown. Anise, spice, candy sugar, caramel, booze, pretty strong bitter finish. Nice.
Leighton (13835) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home in London with Lyoli - picked up from Beermerchants. Pours clear amber with a modest, frothy khaki head. The nose holds licorice, Belgian yeast, lightly toasted bread. Medium sweet flavor with some wintery spices, more bread, light bitter leaves, berries, more licorice, plums, yeast. Full bodied with lively, massaging carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with notes of ripe fruits, bread, grain, faint rubber, anise. So so.