rauchbier (3627) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle conditioned, at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2004. Deep chestnut, moderate white head and gentle condition. Sweet malt and peppery spices in the nose, gentle sweet caramel malt and black pepper in the mouth, lingering maltiness in the finish.
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled) Dark reddish brown color with a small head. Quite hoppy and sweetish, malty rye-pudding aroma. Quite sweet, very malty, somewhat toffeeish flavor with hops and some fruity cherry hints. Medium to full-bodied, syrupy-sweet, warming palate with low carbonation. Sticky-sugary finish. Quite sweet, but very pleasant and tasty winter warmer!
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark, murky reddish-brown color with a smaller tan head. Aromas and tastes of plums, raisins and molasses. Malty. Aromas are stronger than the tastes. Dry finish.
JMerritt (1828) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Indian-red in color. Huge medium chocolate brown head is partially diminishing, leaving behind a fine lacing. Musty, yeasty aroma full of ripened fruit (plums, dates), raisins, and brown sugar. Soft palate, with plums and dates pronounced. Slightly cobwebby. A slight hint of alcohol, but not much at all. Rather rich, with toffee and overripened fruit notes coming out as it warms. Rather high carbonation, but it works well with this, giving a slightly higher perception of spiciness than is actually there.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with an average-sized tan head. Aroma of toffee, licorice, and coriander. Flavor of sweet mlats, coriander, and other spices. Palate was a little thin.
MiP (13725) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2007 Bottle. Malty aroma. Dark brown colour. Malty, sweet flavour. Nice mouthfeel. Warming alcohol.
chriso (7416) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, rich, red-brown colour. A powerful, fruity aroma, with touches of spice and chocolate augured well, but it rather fell away on the palate. Restrained fruit and increasing malt. Light body, with some sweetness. Some alcohol afterburn. Bottled at the Beer Circus, Croydon (Belgian Christmas Beer Festival).
Dorwart (2382) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Large, light brown head. Light carbonation. Surprisingly little aroma. Bit of brown sugar, black licorice and some molasses. Color is a very dark, black/brown. Weak flavor with a bit of bitterness. Pretty blah for a belgian. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Really a disappointment. Not a good example of a belgian.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown sugar, some caramel and chocolate. Herbal finish, a little spicy, mouthfeel is soft despite its strength. Not overly sweet either, which was nice.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light chocolate, and dark fruits in aroma. Black/dark brown with a tan short head. Sweet light chocolate with raisins. Medium bodied, ok.