Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden to amber brew with a large white head. Malty sweet brew with candy sugar and nice warmth from the high ABV. Spicey belgian yeast along with some vanilla from the barrels makes it all a lot more interesting. Still not that heavy on the bourbon notes as expected.
MrHangover (3901) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Christmas beer on Christmas.. what more can I say? This pours a light clouded, amber beer with a huge, off white head. Aroma is full of nutmeg, allspice, ripe fruits and oak influences. Flavour is intense sweet, combined of alcohol and spices. Not unpleasantly sweet at all. The abv is easily detected, yet not disturbing. No hops present, mere malts and spices. Well balanced between several intense sweet flavours. Nice Christmas sipper!
ClubGonzo (5406) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 (Updated 31.01.2014 due to merging of ratings by RB database. Rating from 28.12.2013.) Bottle from bieresgourmet.be. Been looking forward to this one for some time now, and what better occasion to rate than Christmas could I have? :-) Pours a hazy nougat brown body with a big creamy light beige head. Mellow oaky caramel tones, floral heather hops, hints of wood, bread dough and Belgian yeast. I don’t get much barrel aroma, but it’s mellow and nice. Taste is sweet caramel and honey-sugar-like tones, wood and hints of bourbon, grains and dry straw notes. Short, dry finish with lingering oak and caramel aftertaste. Full body, medium to strong carbonation. Very pleasant, although I think some of the barrel aging is kinda lost on the fiery saison base. Nevertheless, a potent and pleasant brew.
Countbeer (6081) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Vintage 2011:
Medium sized lively rough creamy colored head, which disappears right away and leaves a thin island lacing with some bubbles on the side on top of an almost clear orange amber colored beer.
Smell hair, barleys, syrup, raisin, some bourbon notes, some prunes, oak, spices, hay and a light sharp hay grainy touch.
Taste spices, raisin, creamy barley malts, some yeast, wood, bitter, syrup, creamy peach and tangerine, hint of autumnal hebs, some plant/hop bitters but also some malty bitters which tend to end a little dry.
Aftertaste is a mix of spices, bitter, malty bitter, pils malts, close to nasty bitter...
Low to medium carbo, soft foamy lightly blown mouthfeel, medium to fuller body and a thick creamy texture.
I get just a tiny teeny bit of Bourbon. Really so few that this must be Barrel Aged for a short period of time, a true pity! Wasn’t impressed. It’s not bad, but it’s not better than the original.
Earlier Rating: 9/30/2011 Total Score: 3.8
Draught @ BBF’11:
Medium white head on top of a hazy orange colored beer.
Smell strong fruit, tangerine, orange, soap, hops.
Taste bitter, malts, herbs, some soap and dirty bitter.
Bitter malty aftertaste.
Low carbo, full body, soft tingly mouthfeel and a light watery creamy texture.
drfabulous (6427) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce. X-mas spices. Caramel. Yeasty. Warming overall and has that nice Belgian yeast to it.
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange colored beer. Fruity aroma with oranges, wood and vanilla. Fruity flavors too. A bit alcohol warming, bourbon, liqueur. Very complex.
Earlier Rating: 12/23/2012 Total Score: 3.8
Orange colored beer. Notes of wood and fruit in the nose. Fruity flavor with oranges and citrus. Malty sweetness with alcohol warming in the background.
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - DEC 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tsjeeses Reserva. Detta anche Cheeses Reserva, o anche Jesus Reserva. No vabbè basta. Aroma maltato con una gradevole componente fruttata e una punta tannica. Nel bicchere ambrata con una modesta cupola di schiuma. Al palato molto simile alla alla Tsjeeses normale ma comunica un corpo più robusto e una complessita di sapori maggiore. Restano di sottofondo le note fruttate e il tanto malto, equilibrato, alla fine, da un lieve amaro erbaceo.
Iphonephan (6048) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at church key dc. Pours a clear pale amber with an off white head. Toffee aroma. Hints of orange, vanilla and subtle baking spices. Very nice.
77ships (7680) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample @ 18th Christmasbeer festival in Essen. Dark fox amber with a solid creamy white head. Smell is sweet wood, herbs, spices, marmalade, caramel & toffee, sticky plus light bourbon. Taste is sweet marmalade, candy sugar, wood, light sweet bourbon, caramel & toffee malt, light herbs, booze & syrup in the back. Bit sticky body, slightly better than the base beer, still not crazy about this:)
Earlier Rating: 12/18/2012 Total Score: 3.8
33 cl. 2010 Vintage bottle sampled @ 18th Christmasbeer festival in Essen. Hazy fox amber with a white head. Smell is sticky toffee, caramel, malty, orange marmalade, wood. Taste is fizzy caramel, wood, malty toffee, bitter herbs, creamy, bitter marmalade, booze in the back. Fuller, better than the base beer, less empty & boozy in the back. Creamy malt heavy body. An improvement upon the base beer but still not the biggest fan. That is mainly because a lot their other stuff is way more awesome than this.
Theydon_Bois (16671) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at t’Brugs Beertje, Brugge - 01/12/12. Split with Nutty.
Hazy mid amber with a decent frothy off white head which hangs out and makes conversation.
Nose is caramel malts, toffee, woody notes, raisens, dark fruit, touch of booze.
Taste follows, toffee, malts, wood, dark sugars, more mellow than the PBA - a little less boozey. Medium bodied with bite, soft carbonation, light booze in the finish.