FatPhil (9819) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle (Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam)
Bit of a gusher. Rich orange, small head. Sweet slightly sour beery aroma, a bit dusty, and a bit plasticky. Anna says nuts, I don’t get. Quite full bodied - loads of rich malts, and a real slap in the face from noble hops. Fairly yeasty and spicy - and some pleasant apricot and peach hints. Unfortunately the sticky sweetness is a bit cloying after a while; like many belgians they’d need to tone down the candy sugar to appeal to my palate. It’s pretty well balanced, between malt, hops, and spices, so the whole thing works quite well. Everything hangs around for a long and warming finish. However, as you can guess from that additional adjective, it’s also a bit too alcoholic. Not to the extent of being boozy, but it’s pretty noticeable.
BeerandBlues2 (10390) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle received via trade with ygtbsm94. Pours hazy orange with an average, fizzy, off-white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, biscuit), light hops (flowers), heavy yeast (barnyard, earth) with notes of apple, pear, and honey. Full bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
Bontus (654) - Flanders, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 Bottle. A blond golden beer with a creamy head. The aroma is sweet with notes of spices and oranges. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of spices as well as some nice acidity, and alcohol making the body thick heavy, leading to a dry spicy finish.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 version. Amber colored brew. Malty, sweet aroma. Flavor is sweet, sugar, malty, applesirup, dark fruits, spicy. Nice.
pivnizub (9161) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (LCRBM08): A bit unclear, golden with a small head; sweet-malt and fruits in the nose with a little tinge of alcohol, some hops are also detectable; solid bitter-sweet flavour, full bodied; sweet, lingering spicy-hoppy finish. Good, well rounded brew.......
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. An unclear golden beer with a lazing orangey head. The aroma is sweet with notes of spices and oranges. The flavor is sweet mlaty with strong notes of spices as well as some nice acidity, and alcohol making the body thick, leading to a dry spicy finish.
Svesse (6634) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 20 Sep 2008) Dark amber colour, cloudy, with brief head. Fruity, malty nose with dried apricots, orange peel and a hint of yeast. Full malty taste with notes of dried fruit, apricots, orange and a spicy finish with hints of clove. Lots of flavours, full bodied and warming. A touch of alcohol gives it a decent bite. Powerful and warming beer.
baggio (321) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apperance: Hazy golden/red apperance with a white head.
Aroma: Spices, Orange, Coriander, Cinnamon.
Flavor: Citric notes esp orange, Spices, Caramel, Fruit. Very nice!
Palate: Sweet and complex with some bitterness and alcoholbite at the end. A very nice beer for those cold winter-evenings. Mesa likes!
hirigalzkar (2391) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample @ Stockolm Beer Festival 2008. Hazy appearance. Not a typical xmas beer. More like a usual belgian blonde with some spices added. Well made.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from the bottle at the Kulminator in Antwerp. Golden cloudy in color with a white top. Nice fruit sweetness with citrus and honey. Full rich body and very smooth on the palate. Long finish of course. Great beer.