BlackHaddock (2440) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the 16th Essen Christmas beer festival (2010): drank the day before my new friends Brabander and Beerpirates arrived at the fest (the draught ran out, hence they had the bottled version to review). The one and only barrel available being matured for one year before being breeched for the festival.
Pours a really dark reddy brown, almost black in colour, the head a mid tan.
The smell was a pleasant mix of liquorice and ground coffee.
The liquorice dominated the taste, it’s flavours overcoming even the sweet molasses and bitter coffee taste that didn’t show up until the mouth began to dry. The alcohol content well hidden behind the strenght of flavours wasn’t noticeable until the very end of each sip.
Pleasant, but not brilliant.
fonefan (29425) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear medium to dark red brown colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, caramel malt, leather, licorice - anis, dried fruit. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
Earlier Rating: 2/25/2010 Total Score: 3.8
Draught @ 15e Kerstbierfestival 2009, Essen, Belgium.
Clear dark brown amber color with a large, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, caramel, chocolate notes, moderate yeasty, licorice - anis. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
Zita (3510) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 8, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
alcoholic mint aroma,dark brown, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, alcoholic finish.
Hansen (5468) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown coloured and unclear. Has an off-white head, fully lasting. Aroma is malty-sweet, laqurice, anise, mint, yeasty, nice. Flavor starts heavy sweet, light acid, moderate bitter finish.
Tulle (294) - DENMARK - APR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
brown, black, clear, tan foam, alcohol, soy sauce, roasty, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, average carbonation,
BelgBeerGeek (1267) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From backlog 75cl @ Kulminator
Head: off white, bubbly
Colour: redish brown
Smell: herby, malts, licquorice, bit of booze, bit of anise
Taste: typical belgian christmas ale , altough less spiced up like some are ( gouden carolus for example )
Barrelbelly (514) - BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with yellowish brown head. Taste malty and chocolate with a subtie anise finish.
dreadnord (1009) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours muddy and murky brown with an overactive head. A very subtle pour resulted in a 5 finger rocky head that took way to long to calm down. Once it did the nose was ripe dark fruits and rich spices along with a bit of wood. Flavor is a bit of a let down after such a rich nose. It's sweet with a bitter finished but just doesn't excite like the nose did. Mouthfeel is crisp and oily. Long aftertaste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Emiel1990 (3) - BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has some intense aromas. You can taste a strong chocolate flavour, a little roasty. It gives you some sort of warm mouthfeeling. It also has a nice dark brown color and it has a nice light brown/beige head. It has an amazing taste, a light sweet and bitter taste. Very balanced. A medium carbonization, a full body and a rather thick texture. It is overall one of the best christmas beers i’ve ever tasted.
chrisv10 (8095) - DENMARK - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber/ruby with small beige head. Aroma is malt, dried fruits, caramel, yeast and fruit. Flavour is malt, dried fruits, medium sweet, little toffee, little caramel, little rip fruit and a little bitter.