dmschefke (565) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep hazy orange with slight amber hues, thick white head, lots of lacing, lots of yeast floaties, despite efforts to minimize with long storage to settle and only 2/3 pour, so I just poured the rest in. Aroma of yeast, bread, very highly spiced, clove, and a decent alcohol smell. Flavor matches well and makes for a nice warming, but refreshing brew. Swirling the glass made for nice carbonation release the entire drink long, released lots of aromas. Quite nice.
JStax (2403) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2012 vintage poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a hazy, slightly chunky amber with a fluffy beige head of foam. Steady retention. The aroma has notes of spice, banana, caramel, and nuts. I get some notes of brown sugar as well. The taste has a lot of Belgian candi sugar influence. It’s a good bit sweeter and more spice forward than I prefer. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. This one just doesn’t quite do it for me.
Erasmus_ro (1069) - Alabama, USA - DEC 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle. Pours a dark orange with a large, yellowish-brown head. Stylish and classy. Aroma is a bit hot but complex. Light cherry, apple skin, bright berries. Some of the Belgian fruitiness: Apple and peach. Lightly spicy, some dried fruit, a tad sour perhaps. Taste is fairly spicy. Dry, but turns sweeter as it progresses. A bit of ethanol comes through in the finish to dry the flavor up. Complex as well. Quite a bit of pale malts, apple skin and apple. Light cherry, quite a bit of Belgian fruitiness. Very nice. Full and quite carbonated, but not too much. Struise showing their best. Definitely would like another even if it is so strong.
5lickv1c (75) - DENMARK - DEC 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Smells almost like a lambic with a lot of fruit, peach and red berries, and yeast. The taste is very powerful, a lot of booze but still flavors of marzipan, banana and spices. Really good stuff that warms you up and feels good all the way through. The only other blonde I have has that is a match for this one is Cuvée van de Keizer Root by Gouden Carolus.
Bacterial (876) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly amber pour with a big white head on it. Draft at ChurchKey, so its kind of dark and hard to see the color of the beer. Slightly fruity and citrus nose. Low carbonation but lots of flavors in here. Fruity and slight malt backbone. Soft and easy to drink, somewhat bitter on the finish.
Mpuntmuts (90) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ kerstbierfestival Essen. Light orange amber pour with large white head. Pretty hoppy first smell. Aniseed and orange zest and sweet malts. Christmas spices in the taste along with fruits, especially oranges. Medium bodied with a good carbonation. Like!!
Bozo_skeleton (285) - Grenoble, FRANCE - DEC 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orangee assez sombre et trouble, une belle carbo alimante un collet fin mais tres persistant.
Un nez puissant sur la banane, le pain et le beurre.
Bonne dose d’epices en bouche accompagnent le cote fruité. Mais l’alccool est trop present meme s’il apporte une belle rondeur. Un peu trop de sucre egalement.
OPIE788 (76) - - DEC 14, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Yellow with a white head. Smells like a sour. Sweet slight malt flavor that works for me.
Gandalf39 (25) - - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Arôme: abricot, cerise, fruits exotique, Génial!!
Gout: beaucoup de force, d’ alcool, de sucre et de fruit rendue facile à boire et clean par l’action rafraichissante des bretts.
Final: Une bière vraiment très haut de gamme!!!
Hanoi (218) - - DEC 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013. Nose is brown sugar, cloves, orange and lactose, a little underwhelming by the high standard of the brewer. Taste brown sugar, spice, leading to malt, cream, plums, a touch of strawberry, then orange, lots of orange, a little coco, caramel then back to spice in the finish. Complex. Mouthfeel is slick.
This is a really nice beer, that is suitably spiced for xmas. It pales compared to the magnificent port aged 2011, but is still very, very good.
ken1 (722) - DENMARK - DEC 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted 2011 in 2013. A fruity sweet arome. Flavor is fruity sweet with notes of caramel and nuts. A creamy toffee aftertaste. Color is brown with a white head.