sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled@Kerstbierfestival 2007, Essen) Dark brown with a small, mostly fading head. Grainy, dark malt and licorice in the aroma. Roasted-malty, licoricey flavor with some anise, orange-peel and other spices. Medium-bodied, smooth and medium-carbonated palate. Much like Ecaussinnes Ultrabrune, but with added spices. Very nice actually.
SHIG (4378) - 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.
oldrtybastrd (4337) - 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.
Alengrin (4076) - BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The follow-up to La Botteresse Bière de Noël (from the days when this brewery was still called Brasserie de Bruyères), with thick and moussy, stable, pale beige head and very dark burgundy colour. Aroma of dates, walnuts, milk chocolate, port wine, ginger, cola, pear, bark, cinnamon; light sweetish onset, candied fruits, some candi syrup, pretty strong carbonation at first, deep chocolatey and nutty maltiness, candi touch lingers, well-balanced finish with dry coriander effect, full, mild flowery hops, toasted bitterishness and warm but never astringent alcohol. This is truly a very well-made, rich and above average Christmas ale.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small head mahogany pour weak carbonation aromas alcohol spice dried fruit doughy note vinous notes the flavours port sultanas plum cinnamon cherry doughy yeast bread white wine sour note finish enjoyable christmas ale smooth with aftertastes of alcohol spice fruit yeasty dough well done
ads135 (3870) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very little head. Reddish orange coloration. Sourness displaces the malty body toward the end of the drink. A persistent skunkiness in an unfortunate aspect.
goozen (3680) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Kerstbierfestival, Essen: Red brown coloured ale with an fruity taste, and there is also some honey added.
LilBeerDoctor (3636) - 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.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - 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.
Wim (3473) - Weelde, BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
dark brown coloured body with a off white head a malty roasted grainy aroma a malty roasted grainy coffee taste with a dry bitter finish