Martinus (4285) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy, orange amber beer, beige head. Malty aroma, caramel, apricot, wood, vanilla and other spices. Flavour malty, slight wood astringency, caramel, and candy sugar. Finish slightly astringent with some lingering sweetness.
(From 33cl bottle @ home. 2011 vintage. Wondering how it will age, so will keep a few bottles for the next year(s).)
grunx (367) - - JAN 7, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poder beure cerveses com aquestes alegra el dia a qualsevol persona. Genial.
Lubiere (11588) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazed orange amber ale with a thin white head. In aroma, a sweet fruit caramel malt with treacle, light watermelon, OK. In mouth, a sweet smooth caramel with candy sugar, licorice, molasses, a tad of light coffee, alcohol warmth, not bad, but I was expected a bit more. On tap at Rattle’n’Hum, Dec. 28 2011.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of applesauce, grapes, and slight cinnamon. Strong nose. Pours super hazy with a big frothy head. Super big. Tastes sweet of wheat, slight floral, and just a hint of spices. Solid Belgian. Reminds me of a good champagne.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330cl Bottle Pour is hazy and reddish looking very christmas and with an initially frothy head which settled down to a light layer of froth. The aroma of cinnamon and oak also play the holiday part. Sweet flavor and sticky with holiday spices, yeast and oak. Creamy body, very nicely done!
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared a bottle at the Bayou with my wife.
I prefer the regular Tsjeeses to the Reserva. I got notes of caramel, wood, butter, vanilla, smoke,cinnamon. There was a sticky mouthfeel to it as well. I had hoped for more and was disappointed. Maybe some age would do this beer some good.
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in color with a nice off-white head. Intense wine aroma to this, almost like port. A sweet grape aroma nearly overwhelms it. Some vanilla as well as oak, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Some overripe fruits in there, too. The flavor is quite sweet with lots of oak, wine, grape, and plum flavors. A touch of vanilla as well as the caramel/toffee, and brown sugar notes. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Fruity aroma with yeast and light oak. Oak and citrus flavor with red fruit, malt, yeast, and spice. Medium bodied. Caramel and spice lingers with yeast, light citrus, and red fruit.
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to grownfool for this one. Pours cloudy brown, with a loose white head. Smells like grape and some other fruity notes, oak, and...chestnuts? maybe? Tastes like candied grapes, oak and more chestnuts. Some bourbon and vanilla as it warms.
Arayaga2 (1946) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Even-toned apricot in color with a thin, dense white head, and an apple pear ester profile. Taste is same, with an oddly well-blended woody astringency and alcohol bitterness. Delicate and evaporative, but still substantial. $9/11 oz