Beer4000 (4768) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle. Clear golden body with a big, fluffy white head. Aroma is grainy with a hint of spices, caramel, yeast and esters. Flavor is rather sweet, pale malt, spicy yeast, fruity in general and alcohol. OK body with a medium aftertaste that’s sweet and alcoholic. I have had this beer a few times now and it has not impressed me much previous. For some reason I found it quite pleasant this time, nothing extraordinary really, but both tasty and refreshing in a sweet way. Forget about the Christmas thing, it’s closer to think of it as a Trippel.
Bricktop86 (594) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear gold with a white head. Aroma of banana, spice and vanilla. Taste follows nose
Alengrin (2732) - BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Classic blonde Christmas beer with peach blonde colour and snow white, fluffy head. Malt sweet aroma with agreeable spicy notes, peachy fruitiness, white candi sugar, honey, grassy hops; fruity taste, malt sweet, a bit yeasty and bready with nice spiciness and herbally hoppy finish with some warming alcohol. Well-balanced and a welcome deviation from the Scotch-style Christmas ales, I liked this.
emacgee (4203) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clean sharp straw blonde with two fingers of white head. Nose is a little monotone, a slightly metallic note and earthy malt with earthy yeasty notes and grassy quality. A little bready with notes of raw dough and pear flesh. Light bodied and crisp.
Douberd (2810) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Verhaeghe Noel ) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a tulip, ABV 7.2%
Bright golden colour on the body, tall white head, frothy, with average retention though, leaving minimal lacing behind.
On the aroma light malts, perfume, floral notes.
Taste has malts, sugar, light yeast, floral notes, light perfume.
Medium thin body, average carbonation.
Okay beer, pleasant to drink.
Foffern (1343) - Bodø, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Has a clear, straw color with a creamy, white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, grass, marzipan, citrus, wet hay and some spices. Sweet flavor with more grass, Belgian yeast and citrus. Has a slick mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A decent, fresh and well-balanced Belgian ale.
tandembrauer (378) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Cardinal Den Store Juleøl Testen 2014. Pours clear golden. Aroma of malt and white wine. Taste sweet, sour and bitter; with Belgian yeast.
tfredvik (1246) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crystal clear dark golden to amber body with a large, off-white, very long-lived head that laces the glass well. Moderate aroma of Belgian yeast, hay and faint fruits including apples. Moderate flavour of Belgian yeast, light candi sugar and fruitiness (apple and banana), with a light spicy and alcoholic background. Moderate sweet and moderate bitter taste. Mid-bodied, smooth texture, moderate carbonation. A good one, but too faint aroma and flavour to be among the very best of Belgian strong ales.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 1 year before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
BlackHaddock (4370) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle: BBD 30 Jan 16, poured into a Westmalle chalice at home on 26 Dec 14. Nice clear and bright body, golden and clean, on top a white blanket that soon became a sheet and then a wisp and collar within a minute of pouring. Sweet, light malty nose, mild spice hints maybe. The taste more fruity than the aroma suggests, again on the malty sweet side and with traces of spices. Not as deep flavoured as I had hoped, not a lot of Christmas type notes to get me excited, OK, but just not Christmassy.
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
23.12.2014, 0,33l bottle @ home:
Small mediumlasting head, very light color. Aroma is slightly grainy, cereal, light malts, weeds, hay, dried grain, hints of nuts. Taste is harsh, cereal, yeast, hay, weeds, harsh grass, light malts, minerals, nuts. Medium bitterness, slightly harsh mouthfeel, high carbonation. Boring, and nothing Christmasy at all...