PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 A lovely ale. The aroma is that of an alcoholic cherry soda. Tastes sublime starting out sweet and rounding out nicely into a most definitive alcoholic finish. I really enjoyed this beer and trust my remaining bottles will keep me plenty warm this coming winter.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Atomic Danny for popping in with a growler of this nectar. Very subtle fruit and spice notes - beer is exceptionally well balanced, and perfect for the winter season.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Bottle. Pours a very nice red color, with a tiny, large-bubbled head. Aroma is reminiscent of Cherry Coke with alchol and some yeasty notes thrown in. Excellent sweet cherry taste with a little warming. Subdued honey flavor. Excellent specialty brew.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks exactly like the picture ... maybe a bit darker. Aroma is a lovely blend of cherries and honey. Nice blend on the taste. More honey than cherry (which makes for a better beer). A little bit of a burnt aftertaste but that is probably the heavy alcohol content.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish amber body, little head. Cherries very present in the aroma. Tastes sweet and full, more cherries. The honey and alcohol come through in the aftertaste, although the burn is faint for 11%. Heavy and chewy on the tongue. Good stuff.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating from memory so forgive me.
Appeared shiney red. Aroma is subtle dominated with alcohol and cherries but in a good way. Great mouthfeel with full body. Wish I’d stockpiled this one as its relatively young and very drinkable.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 - Sparkling clear copper and reds, thin creamy white head. Loads of Belgian candi sugar, dried cherry, honey, lt. chocolate, and spiced fruitcake hit you in the aroma as it warms. Very well balanced with cherry fruitiness taking a back seat to the upfront Belgian ale qualities. 11% is well hidden. Full bodied, zesty carbonation, dry spiced finish. A great winter warmer which beats the pants off of last years batch....
biznizness (1104) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong brew. Reddish tint, not as red as in the picture though. Tastes like a belgian strong to me, with hints of cherries. Let’s take a nose to this beer... getting some cherries... some bing cherries. It’s a dark berry. Good brew.
drkilmer (35) - Myersville, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful red, cherry-like color. The cherries are evident in the background, but this is not an overly sweet beer. The finish lingers and more tastes and sensations become apparent after swallowing. Appropriate warming alcohol feel. I can’t get enough of this beer (honestly, it’s already sold out at my local beer store!).
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.06.04 Santa’s own manslaves could not have crafted a more festive brew. This is everything a Yuletide beer should be: spicy and warming