JefVerstraete (1532) - Ghent, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 Dark Christmasbeer. Caramel, chocolat and some bitterness. Not the best, not the worst christmas-ale
TorbenH (866) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
brown, cloudy, minimal head, tan foam, toast, bread, soy sauce, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish, medium sweetness, very bitter,
JorisPPattyn (8016) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2011 Huge, foxy brown-beige head over black beer with a reddish hue. End of bottle full of fat UFO’s. Very fruity nose, fruity esters, some (milk)chocolate, even a smell as from cola, spiced. Bitter, roasted flavour, even carbonised, burnt. Finish has the spices returning, with some suppressed restsweetness. Burnt treacle. Well-bodied, quite slick. Way too burnt for my taste.
Earlier Rating: 11/26/2009 Total Score: 3.6
Small, dark-cream head, fading over dark-brown beer. Amandine, dark, but sweet chocolate and an impression of bitter almonds; other tasters speak about aniseed and liquorice. Sweet-bitter flavour with the above aromas petering out into the taste. Sweetness is a bit molasses-like, but nowhere cloying. Nice, if not really my favourite flavourprofile.
Kerst 2010 version Very huge yellow-beige head, slowly receding with lace over veiled dark red-brown beer. 4/5 Roasted, bit meaty nose, esters and a tad of liquorice; further some dark green winterleaf as aucuba or holly. 7/10 Bitterish-roasted flavour, richer impression at first, but with a remarkable thinnish finish. More roasted, but here at last a hint of sweetness. Spices are obvious, but individually unrecognisable. 7/10 As said, remarkably meagre bodied for a 10 ABV beer. Sharp spicy-biiter aftertaste, long hereafter finally alcoholwarming. 3/5 Fundamentally different from the 2009 version - the new brewery? 13/20 TOTAL SCORE: 3.4
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(33cl bottle, 2010 vintage) Pours a brown body with a tall beige head. Aroma of raisins, dates, ginger, anise, nutmeg, caramel, and cinnamon. Flavor of raisins, anise, yeast, caramel, pear, chocolate, and dates.
Hotbeerboy (25) - - SEP 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
For a winter belgian beer it is disapointed ! To mutch anise what the beer not make well balanced. But nice hop flavors.?
bvc (1160) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle. Pours with a huge lasting head. Candied, cake, brown sugar, dried prune, vanilla, Xmas cookie spice...very barely wine-esque. Body is lighter than I was expecting. Light oxidation, anise, gingerbread cookies, brown sugar, hints of toasted bitter malt in the finish. Nice stuff, would be better with the carbonation dialed back a touch.
thewolf (11209) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @ Bier Tempel, Brussels.
Pours hazy brown with a giant, frothy, beige head. Looks to have a bit of carbonation, this one. Exqusite aroma of caramel, prunes, plims, figs, coriander, holly, cardemum and pine. Fairly vinious as well. Mediumto high carbonation, dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is very nice as well, caramel, light chocolate, biscuits, Belgian sugar, cardemum again, some pear. Only mildly vinious in the flavour, just elegantly warming. A very, very good Belgian Christmas beer.
goozen (3046) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 0,33ltr: Hazy brown coloured ale with an big foamy head, and great well balanced spicy taste. Yes its now in the Netherlands the hottest place in Europe on the moment, but this is an great christmas ale for the eastern times.
mike_77 (3327) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a massively carbonated head which slowly recedes. Rich aroma. A little bit of wood, port and spice. Flavour has just a mild bitterness. It’s warming and has a huge amount of in-mouth carbonation. Some liquorice and clove comes through.
TBone (12966) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 33cl (Bier Tempel, vintage 2010)
Deep ruby color, huge cloudy beige head, lace. Aroma has licorice, plums and anise. Medium-bodied. Quite alcoholic brew. Sticky alcohol punch in the front, then hoppy bitterness, licorice with salty aftertaste, some spices and plums. Complex and intensive. Some similarities to Het Anker’s beers, but this is much stronger.