DarkMagus (504) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber-brown with a frothy, creamy tan head. Sweet malty, brown-sugar laden aroma with elements of dried dates and raisins. Very sweet, caramel and cocoa flavors with some dried fruits (raisins, dates, cherries). Hops appear in the aftertaste, but in a somewhat unbalanced and surprising fashion. This beer finishes quite dryly, but leaves a bitter taste on the tongue. Not quite what I look for in a beer of this sort--not bad, but probably not something I’ll seek out in the future.
frankenkitty (2007) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a creamy tan head that settles to a creamy halo and a thin skin. Aroma of sweet & spicy caramel. Juniper works very nicely here... a pleasant piney/woodsy/berriness, lightly sweet, with a touch of citrus. Dry palate with an astringent finish. Raisiny, alcohol-laden flavor with a hoppy finish that is sharp and fresh.
<font size=-4>Purchased 10/01/06 from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/chicag Wine Shoppe and Beverage Mart, Chicago, IL 60067.</font>
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chestnut brown with a decent offwhite head. Aroma is quite complex,caramel, spices, very herbal. Sweet caramel flavours initially, then a more herbal and fruity character appears. Great, Kerkom seldom disappoints-sooner or later they will hit a world classic, I think.
GarrettB (1475) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 There’s winter and then there’s winter. The first is the clear and crystalline mountain setting, with the deep, dark evergreens drooping with powdery wigs of snow. The second is a desolate, gusty plain chilled with perma-frost and relentless below zero temperatures, like the final scene in “Fiddler on the Roof”. If this beer is indeed the Winterkoninkske, it is undoubtedly the crown ruler of the latter. A beer is a beer, but this tastes very cold and heartless. It pours a deep black-gray like wet granite and a thin, speckled head wobbles atop with insouciance. The smell is sort of like old chocolate, or maybe new low quality chocolate. Either way, it’s the kind of confectionary treat that makes you doubt the omnipotent power of chocolate and chocolate related products. A little fig, the chocolate center, some chalk aroma and a puff of dust unite to make that lackluster smell. The palate is light and hollow, and a bit tinny like an old Campbell’s can on the side of the railroad track. It’s light and tepidly sweet at first with nothing more than a generic malt playing the dominant flavor. This then segues into some emphatic raisin activity, some more dusty attic flavored chocolate and a painful concentration of alcohol. At this point it becomes less hollow, and more depressed and “emo”. No, nothing here strikes me as anything to clamor for. That senescent chocolate sensation really kills it for me. I spent far too many boring spring days nibbling on old Easter chocolate to be able to eat the stuff now, or anything that reminds me of it for that matter.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cold 11.2oz bottle: Pours a cola color with tan bubbles around the edges of the glass. Roasted malts, alcohol and notes of fruit and chocolate. Light to medium body with ample carbonation. Ending is of roasted malts, earthy hops and chocolate notes.
Holdwine (1179) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice change of pace. A fresh, slightly hopped up, belgian ale. Very piney with a slight bitterness marring a super clean, refreshing finsih. Love the malt and the tart berry flavor.
Ungstrup (34658) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A very dark red beer with a thick brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of dusty stored fruits, as well as raisins and plums, caramel, and cloves. The flavor is quite sweet with strong fruity notes, peaches, plums, and grapes, as well as raisins, but also with light notes of cloves, and licorice. The mouthfeel is somewhat sparkling, and the alcohol tingles the tongue.
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue). Malty spice and dark dried fruits with fresh tart berries coming through in the mouth. Good level of carbonation provides a lifft in the mouth.
Palidor19 (3165) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite unique, even for a Belgium beer. its got a fruity taste bigger than what you expect. multi taste of cocoa, coffee. Something that’s worth you time and money
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the 11.2 oz bottle from Beertopia. Pours a coal black color with a deep beige head. This is a pretty beer with its thick long-lasting head. Has a strong aroma of chocolate, coconut, and gin. The flavor is rich. Very rich. Your entire mouth is coated. This has a big dark chocolate taste. Good caramel flavor also appears. This beer has a generous amount of bitterness that is not typically expected in a belgian. The finish registers these hops at mid tongue. The juniper flavor emerges only upon warming. As for the palate, this beer seems to have a lot of heat. It really warms me up. This is what I want a Christmas beer to taste like.