mar (4480) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. dark brown pour with an amber bottom. nose is wood and nuts. very carbonated with a heavy fruit flavor that is backed by nuts.
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle, marked as La Botteresse Noire, with a rather comely-looking lass on the label - pours a very dark ruby, with a lot of chunky floaties - a lot of sweet raisin in the nose, treacle, nutmeg, brown sugar, overripe dark fruits - the flavor is sweet dark fruits (loads of fig, raisin), tempered by bitter herbs and warming spices - some british barleywine-ish character comes in the form of treacly sweetness, light oxidation, earthy, prune-like flavors - finish of chocolate pudding, warming alcohol and lingering herbal bitterness - fairly well-balanced and tasty - someone ought to add an alias for the La Botteresse Noire, though.
gunnar (4364) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared 33 cl bottle at the 25 ste Kempisch Bierfestival, Geel. Pours dark brown with a tiny head. Aroma of spices and dark sugars. Taste is spicy with cinnamon in the front seat. Short finish.
Borresteijn (4159) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl Bottle at home, ABV 10.5%. Deep dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet-sour dark fruits, caramel, some chocolate cake, alcohol. Flavour is roasted malts, sweet, caramel, dark fruits, with a slight sour and bitter roasted finish. Warming alcohol in the finish too. A beer for the cold days. Nice one.
kermis (3767) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at Essen Kerstbierfestival. Cloudy brown pour with a beige head. Aroma of toffee, fudge and boozy alcohol. Flavour is heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Overripe dark fruit aspects coming out in the palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
tderoeck (3647) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6/VII/2012 - 33cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ home - BB: X/11 (2012-691)
Clear dark brown beer, huge fizzy beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of spices, reminds me of Southern Tier Pumking. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, black cherries, dried fruits, some caramel, cough syrup, elder berries. MF: good carbon, medium body. Taste: dried fruits, sugar, alcohol, ripe plums, little sourish, red currants, cranberries. Aftertaste: dark chocolate, mocha, sour berries, some lemon juice, alcohol, noticeable, little bitter, more spices, cloves, coffee.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Kerstbierfestival 2009. Muddy dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, sweetness and mild spices. The flavor feels ordinary, there’s slightly roasted malt, sweetness and mild spices. The body is light to medium while the carbonation is moderate. It’s decent, but doesn’t compare to the great Belgian Christmas beers.
SHIG (3282) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Kerstbierfestival 2007: Poured a deep black with a thin tan head. The aroma is honey and liquorice. The taste is fruit with that similar liquorice taste, finished a warm alcohol.
LilBeerDoctor (3231) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of spices upfront with roasted malt and roasted nuts, and dark fruits (fig especially) in the background. Flavor of sweet fruits, some breadiness, and spices. A bit on the sweet side but otherwise tasty.
oldrtybastrd (3226) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared this one w/ SkyCop32. Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice and orange.