Beerheart65 (796) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong, nuanced and inviting aroma has sweet licorice, caramel, coffee, citrus-pine hoppiness. Red/brown to black, thin but long head. Taste is delicious, long, nuanced. Elements from aroma. Roasted and sweet parts combine nicely with fruits and pine. Full, round, long dry piney finish. All parts work together well to a great beer.
Skinnyviking (6221) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught.l Low creamy lasting light brown head. Hazy red brown body. Complex fruity herbal cocoa aroma and flavor with a low carbonation and a long aftertaste.
yespr (28627) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at Lord Nelson. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is mild roasted, subdued spiced, hint of sweetness and mild caramelish touch. Light fruity flavoured, slight phenolic on back of the nose. Smooth and fruity flavoured finish.
kschep (1494) - DENMARK - NOV 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is burnt malt, coffee, late plum, Feel is medium and elegant, wine-like, carb is medium and soft, taste is dry, fruity malt, weak pine and tobacco, iron traces.
kalervo (538) - FINLAND - MAY 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice Belgian-style ale. Not really "christmas beer", still good solid strong dark ale.
AshtonMcCobb (1741) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle thanks to Nikolai. Pours a chestnut brown colour with a slight red hue and a thin crema head. The nose has quite a dominant green hop note, possibly herbs or grassiness, then some baked apple and cinnamon. The taste has more of the baked fruit, some chocolate and spice. The palate is medium to full bodied, with a tangy texture and a fairly elegant finish.
HenrikSoegaard (9748) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. This is not a tripel!
Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red-amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy and heavy yeasty aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Long moderate bitter finish. Nice fruity esters. Creamy palate.
oh6gdx (19630) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (from Alko). Very deep colour, near black, mediumsized beigeish brown head. Aroma is raisins, alcohol, spices, mild yeast, some slight dark dry fruits and resiny notes. Flavour is rather much the same. Otherwise nicely balanced, but the alcohol is a bit much, especially when it gets a bit warmer in temperature. Sold a bit too fresh, aging will probably work very well for this one.
Arborescence (29) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown, almost black, pours a rather light head for a beer of this type.
A delicate balance of malt, hops, dried fruit, and fresh spiceness.
Malt, typical for a Belgian Style Ale; some fruitcake type mixture of spices and sweetness balances the maltyness. Warming, with a hint of chocolate in the aftertaste. Hops are not predominant.
I’ve never heard of this Danish brewery located on the island of Bornholm, but their website lists a selection of very interesting looking beers — such as a Chocolate Stout and a Red Hot Chili Ale — and if their Jule Spektakel is anything to go by, they might be very good indeed. This beer is certainly Belgian Style in most of its characteristics, but it has added spicyness and some sweetness resembling dried fruit. The combination is tasty, and quite fitting for a Christmas Ale. The beer is very rich and heavy though, so the 500ml is maybe a bit big, this might be better off served like a Trappist beer: smaller bottle and from a goblet. A Christmas Spectacle indeed!
Inbreak (1056) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
04.12.2013, 0,33l bottle @ home:
Nice slightly brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and spiced, caramel malts, rye bread, broth, spices, dark sugar, chocolate, dried dark fruits, yeast. Taste is slightly dry and spiced, caramel malts, yeast, broth, rye bread, spices, grass, nuts, burnt caramel. Medium to longlasting bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice.