ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Peppery aroma with hints of dark fruits and some hard to define, but not unpleasant, sourness - almost like soy-sauce. Flavor is sweet and malty with a good sugary finish and balanced bitterness. Unfortunately the spices overpowers everything and almost ruins an otherwise pleasant beer. That is very sad, as Abbaye des Rocs usually brews excellent beer.
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very carbonated fizz az it pours. Lovely dark thick brown in the glass. Thick off white head that faded leaving clots of foam. Malty nose with citrus fruit. Very rich flavour, sweet malt, bread, citrus fruit, alcohol. Like a boozy malt loaf. No artifical flavours, nothing metallic or chemical. Long aftertaste. For me too malty - started off enjoying it, but I couldn’t finish the glass. It was like an alcholic vitamalt.
Christian (13079) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 Copper colour with a lasting off-white head. Big, complex aroma - raisins, dates, blackcurrant, port. Quite sweet and full bodied.
2014 rerate. This really is good. When de Rocs are good, they are really good.
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue)> For once no excessive sediment. Nice spicy flavours and sweetish biscuity malts. Straightforward flavours well executed.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (75cl) at home - shared with Mette - while eating the christmas dinner. Dark red/brown - offwhite head. Wheat, licorice, red berries, chokolate, hoppy, spicy, alco-burn finish. Very nice. A bit too high carbonated !!
larsniclas (6855) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from ~2000.
Dark, hazy brown. A lot of yeast sediments.
Extremely spicy with a lot of citrus tones.
Soft and snoot. Rather sweet and very malty.
jerohen (2215) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 Bottled BB 2005. Christmas Eve, what an excellent choice to pick this one. Hazy brown coloured, small dying brown head, big chunks of yeast floating around. Very complex aroma, molasses, malts, liquorice, walnuts and fruit (not sure which ones though). Sweet flavour, some alcohol and notes of ageing, thick mouthfeel. Flavour is not as impressive as initially imagined considered the aroma, but the finish most certainly compensates for this: it lasts and lasts. Never having had a fresh sample of this brew i wonder whether ageing has been beneficial to its complexity, but at least i can say that an aged (about 4 or 5 years) version has outstanding qualities (especially in aroma and finish). Very nice.
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Tasted at Carlsens.]
Sweet aroma and flavor. Notes of banana, butterscotch and bubblegum. Very much a sweet beer.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - DEC 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A ruby beer, with a very big beige head. Sweet aroma with yeast and spices. Also the flavor is very sweet, spicy and fruity, with a light hop presence. Full body and long finish. Overall a very good christmas beer.
JoeinDahlem (1472) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 RE-RATE: From bottle @ Brassigaume fest. Russy brown with amber highlights. Beige head, good lacing. Sweetish, dark-malty nose with caramelized raisins. Flavor brings immediate depth, dark fruits and dessert spices with touches of sour grain, bitter hops and rum. Awesome balance. When you think of Christmas beer, this is the sort of thing that ought to pop into your head. Glad I tried it again, more complexity than I noticed before.
Previous rating: 6/3/6/3/12=3. From bottle at Kerstbierfestival. Tasty but typical barley wine... Like Bush, heavy sweetness and achohol leave me wanting some bitter or sour for balance. Not the complexity I’d hoped for, but still warming.