Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle. Poured brilliant bright golden with a nice cap of eggshell head.. looked great! The aroma picked up fresh floral notes, Belgian yeast, and juicy pineapple, with cinnamon and ginger coming on a deeper whiff.. came across strong, but just the right level of strong. The flavor ramped everything up about 4 notches.. tangy pineapple, black pepper, and cinnamon on the tip of the tongue, with honey and lesser bready notes on the middle.. fiery spicage and alcohol warmth plus pineapple juice on the long, belly-warming finish.. some sourness followed the burn down the throat. Heavy-bodied and aggressive through the palate.. too many sugars, too much boozage, and just about the right amount of spice.. this was tasty overall, but it did not go down easily.
shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pineapple, light spice, and caramel malt aroma. Cloudy brown-yellow with moderate head. Sweet pineapple, caramel malt and ginger flavor. Alcohol finish. Pretty good but not one I would want very often.
queenholly (3374) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pineapple, light spice, musty yeast, and alcohol aroma. Cloudy honey gold with a moderate white head. Sweet tart pineapple, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, ginger, and light alcohol finish, Light body, moderately dry finish.
Gachupines (1062) - USA - DEC 29, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden with a thick white head. Aroma is pineapple and a little spice, maybe some cloves. Flavor is a little sweet and tart. Some of the spice is present, but mostly citric sweetness from the pineapple and oddly similar to orange juice. It’s an interesting try, but not for me.
brenn79 (1705) - Idaho, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle- Pours very hazy orangeish golden with a one finger white head. The aroma is whoa, holiday spices, mint, ginger, cinnamon, maybe nutmeg, it is Christmas in a glass! The taste is so smooth, you can not detect the 11.5% alcohol, creamy delicousness is the best way to describe it, very fruity, pineapple is definitely there, those spices in the aroma are there too. Not the kind of beer you can sit and drink all night, a one glass, or in this case a one bottle is more than enough, it starts to become almost too much after the first glass. But there is no denying I really enjoyed this, like I said, Christmas in a glass!!
Butters (3960) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled with my bro on his birthday, that he gave to me for my birthday! Unfortunately, I really don’t care for it. A syrupy sweet mess of grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel. Ginger and cinnamon notes on the nose. Tart citrusy sugar. Maybe it will mellow out with age. But right now, I really didn’t care for this now
hivemind (741) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at FG with e a couple weeks back. Darker pour than expected. Dark gold/amber. Extremely tropical fruity palate with tons of pineapple or mango or something. Medium yeasty, but not a lot of bite/brett. Got to be a lot to deal with after the first half of the glass. OK overall. Shocking/interesting if nothing else. Christmas though?
DesertDevil (634) - Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a one-finger foamy head. Great nose of pineapple and orange with a faint ester note. Intriguing taste of slight barnyard funk with just a touch of citrus sweetness followed by spiciness (hints of allspice and coriander) that lingers through the finish. OK, but it doesn’t match the previous Bruery "12 Days" holiday beers, and I don’t think this one will hold up very well for seven more years.
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at burger. in Aptos. Sweet and sour aroma, very sharp and boozy, banana perfume and pineapple. Nondescript spiciness, orange juice, sweet and messy and random. No idea what they’re going for.
ben4321 (4629) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from Sparrow, 12/27/12
Aroma: The nose is fairly sweet, Belgian yeast, pineapple, some ginger, and other fruity notes
Appearance: It pours a hazy orange color with a small white head that leaves drippy, foamy lace
Flavor: The flavor is sweet too, it has lots of fruit, with some alcohol and spice on the finish
Palate: The body is medium, it has a creamy’clean, and tingly feel, and some light heat on the finish
I enjoyed what they did here, and I thought that using the pineapple as the golden rings was a cleaver choice. I have not tried one these Christmas song beers since Two Turtle Doves, but I’m glad I stumbled across this one, as it was worth trying for sure. Also, based on the dominance of the sweetness and the high alcohol content, this one would probably improve over time.