Alengrin (5249) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
Very traditional Belgian Christmas ale, as in: a spiced Scotch. Yellowish, roughly mazed, not very stable foam on a deep bronze beer with a wine-red glow, clear and transparent with vivid carbonation. Dark maltiness in the noses with hints of dates, dark chocolate, orange peel, coriander, a whiff of coffee beans, nuts, candi sugar, thyme, port wine, liquorice; tastes initially fruity with citrussy freshness and a rather harsh carbonisation, rounded and smooth mouthfeel with gentle spiciness, nutty malt base, a bit resinous, in the end chocolatey bitterish, little hops but dry due to warming alcohol. Delivers what it has to deliver in this genre but I’ve had many winter warmers in the exact same style which are a lot better. tderoeck (9471) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2014
13/IV/14 - 75cl bottle from Kerstbierenfestival (Essen) @ home - BB: 1/X/14 (2014-364) sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2014
Little cloudy reddish purple beer, big aery yellowish head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, red fruits, bit sourish, caramel, sugary. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, lots of caramel, dried fruits, bit roasted, bit of milk chocolate. Aftertaste: soft bitterness, lots of dried fruits and overripe banana. Decent but not great.
Poured dark reddish brown with an off white head. Aroma of caramel malt and some spiced fruit. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, toffee sweetness. jmgreenuk (9309) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle at the Essen OBER Kerstbierfestival 2013. Poured a deep mahogany with a broken off white head. The aroma is big toffee caramel with a zesty bubbly toffee malt palate. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. kermis (12869) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle sample at Essen Kerstbierfestival. Pours hazy brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of dough, bread and caramel. Flavour is light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Big fudge and toffee aspects coming out in the palate. Medium to full bodied with moderate prickly carbonation.
Benzai (15446) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2013
Sampled @ Kerstbierfestival Essen 2013. Clear deep dark red color, small beige head. Smell and taste malts, lightly sweet, a touch of herbs or spices. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Swaroga (2213) - Warszawa, POLAND - NOV 24, 2013
75cl bottle. Hazy dark brown with huge, tanned head.
NOSE : cooked fruits, licorice, toffee, dried fruits like raisins and figs. burned malts, cheesy yeast aromas. Lactic notes.
SIP : oily texture with moderate carbonation. Medium body. Sweet malty beginning with burned and yeasty background. Fruity middle with spiced clove and licorice. More spices further on which mixes with appearing hop aromas. The beer is delicately bitter, sweetness is dominating till the end. Aftertaste is earthy and spicy. Sweet coffee with milk like aftertaste.
OVERALL : tasty and well balanced. Nice discovery. txspartan (1065) - Berchem, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2012
Fleeting honey aroma. Horrible strong metallic flavour. Watery texture. Some malts. barakihunter (187) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2012
Aroma is toffee, not much else. Appearance brown in colour with nice tan head. Taste is super - spices, grapes, caramel, toffee. Palate is caramel-like, thick and rich. The tastes hang into the palate. Overall, quite sweet, but not too much! BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle at Kerstbierfestival Essen. Off white head on a red brown colored beer. Complex aroma and taste. Anice, cinnamon and alcohol. A bit smoky.