KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. The pour was a clear ruby red with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated rapidly, down to a small collar with a wisp of residue left floating on top and poor runny lacing.
The aroma was upfront with a nice cherry scent along with a light bread malt and a sweet yeast and had notes of honey, cinnamon, a bit of spice and a little more than mild alcohol tinge.
The taste was fruity sweet and a very lightly malty with a touch of cherry and honey throughout, with the finish becoming rather yeasty with a hint of cinnamon and a slight spicy alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a decently long time following the swallow, having a nice yeasty and fruity cherry taste along with a mild alcohol warming sensation left behind.
Mouthfeel was a few shades above light in body and dry in texture with an almost prickly carbonation.
Overall I found this brew to be exceptionally tasty with a good fruity flavor that was blended very well with the yeast and spices, allowing for a very good concealing of the exceptionally high ABV thus creating a superb drinkability. I do believe this is the best Winter Seasonal I have tasted to date, and I want more…
hackobock (1882) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
January 24, 2015. Bottle, 2012-2013 version. Shared by tderoeck, thanks Tim!
Clear ruby red with medium sized white head. Aroma is cherry candy, some dried fruits, honey and some christmas spices. Taste is medium sweet, fruity and spicy. Finish is light bitter, light metallic. Medium bodied, average carbonation.
jlioi (13) - - FEB 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is Christmas in your mouth. It has lots of spice, a nice kick of alcohol, and it's got a nice smell. It's a fun holiday beer, definitely one of the best Christmas ones.
ej1oo1 (15) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet and tasty. I probably couldn’t drink a ton but definitely a good taste. Good time.
tderoeck (5510) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
24/I/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, winter season 2012-2013 (2015-106) Thanks to Nate for the bottle!
Clear ruby red beer, aery big off-white to beige irregular head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, dried fruits, candied fruits, Christmas fruitcake, raisins. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, sugary, fruity, quite some yeast, slightly sour, bit of chocolate. Aftertaste: soft subtle chocolaty notes, candied fruits, bubble gum, sugary, bit alcohol, some honey, soft bitterness.
kraddel (4166) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ Birdsall house . Pours clear , very dark amber . Small white head . Smell is sweet , unintense . Taste is bitter , herbal , sweet amber malts . Sharp , bit metallic . Very boozy for its ABV and a bit of a letdown after hearing raves over this ...
JefVerstraete (1762) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from tderoeck. Many thanks! Red/amber colour, white foam. Soft carbonation. Syrupy, honey, sweet cherries, caramel. Malty body. Very sweet and sticky. Not the best.
Hunter_Wilde (1) - - JAN 27, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice color, very sweet and kind of alcohol forward, but it all works somehow.
jackl (5200) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg @ Johnny Brenda’s. Deep Amber with a small head. Nose is caramelized apples, fruity esters. Spice. Grain. Hot booziness. Similar flavors. Sliced apples, rich toffee. Hot finish.
orvalgold (31) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
so shocked that i have not reviewed this before. Its the epitome of the holidays especially in PA. the beers Belgian spiciness jumps out of the bottle once opened. the head never seems to hold up in this ruby amber colored ale. the aromatics are strongly spice driven with a beautiful sweetness from the malt and i am sure the honey. i believe the cherry notes come through as well but seem to back up the malt profile. big bright clean malt character with a zesty spiciness that melds with the med/high carbonation. the alcohol is well apparent but most often well deserved fighting the cold winter months away. at times a slight vanilla note will show up. This is certainly a beer i will always keep in the fridge during the holidays.
beersammich (61) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2015
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a nice dark amber color, with small head, carbonation seems fairly low. Smell is a very nice cherry and honey smell. Taste is sweet, in my opinion a little too sweet. Small hints of cherry and I found a warming alcohol finish. Not a bad beer, just not really my style.
I had from a bottle.