BlackHaddock (2887) - 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.
mutz (433) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roodbruine kleur, veel kraag en veel koolzuur. Ruikt moutig, maar ook naar roodfruit, snoep. Smaakt naar...... Ik weet het niet..... Maar wel goed te drinken. Aroma is complexer dan de smaak.
thellgren (186) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33 l bottle from Alko. Great head and copper brown colour. Not as dark as I expected. Taste resembles toffee with a hint of bitterness. Interesting, this is different than most of the winter or chrismas beers or ales. I’m glad this is in a small bottle, since the 9% of alcohol might be too much unless your are having a company.
Dermi (560) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl, bottled. Pours ruby with a fine beige head. Aroma: Leather, veriohukainen (blood, maybe iron with malt, interesting.). Taste: Some sour notes, pleasantly bitter. Quite sweet as well as expected. Palate: Near medium body, noticeable carbonation. Quite bitter aftertaste with some sweetness. Interesting and pleasant. The body could’ve been fuller. Anyway pretty nice one.
Calisky (176) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - DEC 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Belle couleur ambree, mousse beige et dense. Nez malté. Gout fort de malt grillé,de fruits noirs assez doux et note d’alcool. Laisse en bouche un gout de prune sucrée; Pas mal
sdmmb (253) - USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drunk from 33cl bottle. Dark strong almost liquorice tasting beer. Strong at 9%.
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kraddel (1900) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark pink/ red / brown
Small white foam
Fleshy , malty , caramely taste. Rather sweet . Good
jb (1939) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had in a flute glass at MacGregor’s. Dark orange, hazy, murky. Funky sour nose with a bit of spice and dark fruit. Much dark fruit in the palate. Hidden alcohol. Sticky thick syrupy mouthfeel. Excellent.
Inbreak (1057) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Old rating rerated 30.11.2013, 0,33l bottle (2012) @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly fruity, caramel malts, dried fruits, almonds, grass, flowers, alcohol. Taste is kind of harsh and metallic, caramel malts, alcohol, almond essence, grass, hay, dried fruits. Medium bitterness, high carbonation. Not even close to as good as I remember it many years ago with a several year old bottle.
Turboninja (55) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Semi-strong a bit sour aroma with sweet raisin. Clear semi-light copper appearance with light head. Strong taste has caramel, raisin, malts and some hoppyness. Wide taste spectrum. A bit sterile taste (although not as sterile as Chimay Blue) transforms more organic on quite long aftertaste. Light palate with strong carbonation.
Marstonlad (266) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is really beautiful, the color of dark ruby with a big, rocky head. Aroma has strong dark fruitiness, sweet maltiness and spiciness; plum, pear, some caramel. Taste is medium to heavy sweet; maltiness and fruitiness are rich with Belgian yeast adding spicy elements. Hoppiness is mild to moderate, balancing a bit. Dried fruitiness and spices feature most. Spiciness is moderate, not over-the-top. Palate is medium to full bodied, quite smooth despite the carbonation being a bit lively. Nice sweet and attractive Christmas beer.