Hopfemandli (94) - Zug, SWITZERLAND - JAN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl BB Jan/2013 (bottled late 2011 ??) labelled as ALE DE NOËL. -- Pours reddish dark brown. Beige head. Aroma is spices, leather, animal. Flavor is coffee, burnt malt, notes of orange. Medium bodied, soft carbonated. Alcohol completely hidden. A gentlemen’s brew.
azlondon (1249) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JAN 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark dark brown, hint of red. Some tan head.
Aroma: Prunes, cinnamon, chocolate. Christmas.
Taste: Chocolate, malt, slight coffee, more spices. Again, tastes like Christmas. Hides the alcohol well.
Info: 330ml bottle, 9/1-2012
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 15, 2011
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
courtesy of fiulijn - dark brown colour with no foam left; robust aroma of gingerbread and cloves; medium-bodied and slightly acidic; dry and hoppy, highly spicy finish - tons of Xmas shit in my mouth ? no thanks !
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - APR 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from La Mise en Bière, Lausanne
Dark brown color; small head. Strong aroma of Christmas spice mix (gingerbread; pain d’épices), but also a bit soapy, minty and biscuity. Good body strength; there flavor indeed is not simply made by the Christmas spices, but it has some bread and cookies traces, and combined with the orange peels it’s reminiscent of a Christmas Pudding. The bitterness is quite strong, and in the final there is also some more roastiness.
Not my favorite style, but good.
Embrouille (2774) - SWITZERLAND - APR 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 33cl. Purchased in marché Viret in Villars-sur-Ollon. Lovely orange peel characteristics throughout. Good carbonation. Nice bitterness. Delicious.