bartlebier (2065) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As X-Mas Zinnebir 2012, 33cl bottle, 7,8%. Ashen roast meets the carcass of a Belgian dubbel, on a shy undercover mission to become a sturdy porter. Autumnal leafiness, trademark earthy-dry yeast profile, dormant fruit esters, filter coffee suspended on a watery bed of humus and Flemish hops. Compared to the bottle opened last year this gained nor lost much in its contained expression.
JulienHuxley (3538) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Brown pour , nice foamy white head. Aroma is spicy, nice fruity aroma, nice hoppiness, well done belgian notes, smells just sweet enough (brown sugar, plums) with light toasty notes. Taste is sweet, nice chewy maltiness, not too spicy, not too yeasty, really malt forward, sweet but not cloying. Palate is med-full bodied with good carbonation. Tasty.
Alengrin (2584) - BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spiced Christmas ale with creamy, thinnish, off-white head and deep bronze colour, cloudy. Sharpish spiciness in the nose, cloves, grapefruit, black pepper, nutmeg, fondant, candied dates, cold coffee, old ’jenever’. Fruity, spicy taste, dry with medium carbo, rounded nutty and somewhat caramelly maltiness, drying spiciness in the middle but I don’t think it is coriander in this case - though I have no idea what it is then. Long hop and roasted bitter finish, mouth-filling, dry and satisfying.
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
2008 had 2/09: "another brew from the Christmas Beers of Belgium imported by Shelton Brothers (MA). I was hoping to find a diamond in the rough in here, but so far i’ve had two decent beers and this one...easily the weakest of the three. Not TOO bad, but totally unispiring. Maybe my patience is thin, but I probably won’t even bother finishing this one. Just don’t care for it. It started well...it was the first from the pack to not have heavy sediment around the inner ring. plenty on the bottom, though. Not a little light yeast, mind you, but a thick brown sludge. Poured nice enough though. Big effervescent head, though it disappeared quickly. Smells of light fruit and some spice (fairly typical), but a little astringent. Taste was more of the same, but a touch less pleasing. Either this just isn’t a great brew (although the average before i rated was a hearty 3.7), or Shelton Bros need to cut down the transit/shelf time. Tasted a little stale. Won’t be back. Can’t imagine rating this a 4+..."
TaktikMTL (6088) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brassin 2013. Bouteille de 330 ml achetée chez Julio’s Liquors (Westborough, MA) au coût de 4,25$. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe d’épices et de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #5808)
Taboada (409) - Compostela (Galiza), - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 mml Bottle tasted on 20/08/2014 labelled as X-mas 2012. Clear amber brown colour with a consistent off-white head. Aroma of bread, malts, red berries and toffee. Taste is lightly sweet with malts, dark fruits and caramel. Aftertaste is dry and bitter but well balanced. Next one please!
tommann (2912) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Pours dark orange brown with a large head. Aroma is sweet caramel and raisin. Taste has a little spice, lots of raisin and some caramel in the finish.
SarkyNorthener (2460) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Cotteridge wines. Ruby brown beer with small head. Aroma is nuts, toffee and rich malts. Taste is yeast, toffee, dark malts, spice and some nut again. There is a herbal note at the back of the tongue in the finish. Medium bodied, a little oil. Very good.
jrob21 (2705) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of plum and fig and raisin. Toffee and malt and spice flavors. Definite seasonal for the Christmas time.
anders37 (17904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours an amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy aroma. Fruity malty spicy flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.