bierkoning (12280) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown color, hardly any head. Molasses and tropical fruit in the aroma. Little carbon. Sugary sweet flavor with molasses and dried tropical fruit. Ginger and marmalade. Alcoholic. Too sweet and onedimensional.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First, I pretty much hate pumpkin beers so this is exciting to have a pumpkin beer with no pumpkins and the far superior yams in place of them. Hazy light brown with a nice matching head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar and yams. Its like a holiday side dish all in itself. Flavor is sweet but not cloying, vegetal in a good way. Just enough yams. Not too much (thankfully). I really dig this one.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Pours a mottled river water brown color with an orange tint. Lasting foamy head and very generous lacing. Warm, inviting aroma of buttered yams and maple syrup. Nice yeast scent coupled by fresh dinner rolls and toffee. Medium bodied with a decent creaminess. Finished a touch watery and itís sweet all around. Flavor follows the aroma and the Belgian yeast is more prominent. Figs, brown sugar, tea, banana and mixes spices find their way into the mix. Interesting brew."
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky/ rusty brown with a foamy tan head. Heavily carbonated. Nice head retention last throughout. Aroma is of maple, malt, yeast, spice, yams, banana, and citrus. There is a lot going on in the aroma. Taste starts off with a strong maple and yam taste. Has a biscuity malt backbone. Lots of banana, spice, yeast, and grass. Has a strong taste of earthy tree bark or something of that nature. Lingering maple taste stays long after each sip. Mouthfeel is sticky, gritty, and very carbonated. The alochol is undetectable. Looks good, smells good, drinks good, and itís festive. If you donít like yams or maple, donít bother.
BelgianBeerGal (3786) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Traded bottle over at Sarah and Rhinoís for New Yearís Eve. Eh, okay I suppose. Quite possible that the sweetness from the yams made this a little cloyingly sweet. The sweetness and the raw alcohol were a bit of a downer for me.
nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
From bottle shared by awiseman. nose is dark and sweet with prominent notes of molasses. Pours golden orange with a frothy white head. Yams are apparent as well as some brown sugar. Gets kinda stale and bready at the end. Not a big fan. O well.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Keg Liquors in Clarksville, shared with Brothers Eric & Nathan. Pours murky brown with light tan head. Nose is dark spices and belgian yeast. Flavor is mushy yams, spices and slight maple with a solid belgian backing and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Slightly sweet and all around not bad, but a little odd in flavor.
Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish maple in color with a small, dense head. Aroma is a nutmeg perfume. Taste is sweet and sour, with a slight medicinal (spice) edge, and mild minerality, vegetality and acidity into the finish. A bit cloying, but not bad. $10/750
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL 2009 batch. Pours dark orange with huge frothy tan head. Very little lacing. Aroma of yeast, clove, yam and a lot of booze. Good sweetness, great brown sugar sweet finish. A bit hot, but still doesnít taste like 10%. Decent carb and medium mouthfeel. Pretty complex and well made beer. I think Iíd like it more with an American ale yeast, but would also like to try the BA version.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in my big ole Karmeliet glass: Pours a deep coppery brown with a fluffy off-white head and left good lacework. The aroma has notes of fig, plum, starchy potatoes, cinnamom, clove, nutmeg, maple syrup, bready malts, light woody smoke and some nutty vapours. The taste is indeed initially spicy and fruity but they donít overpower has much as I worried about. There is a bit of twangy acidity to help with balance but in retrospect this beer is all about spice, fruit and sugars. Oh, I do spot a bit of booze around the edges which gets stronger as the brew warms. The mouth feel is strange as it is fully carbonated but still seems soft and chalky dry, oh yeah warming upon the chest. Well, not to bad at all and fits right into the holiday spirit but it also something I am not sure I would really want again.