Gary (1999) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
(Bottled) Robust spicy alcoholic boozed nose..like drunken ginger bread-men , like Christmas morning even if that’s cliche . foamy beige above jam color BlackHaddock (7321) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2012
spices bombard the palate , rich and chewey malts , lightly hoppy and dry...
Pleasant , but cumbersome in texture ...not something i’d wanna drink lots of.
Dumpy 33cl bottle, best before Oct 2013, poured into a Westmalle chalice in March 2012, no sediment left the bottle.
Clear body of a red/light brown colour, on top a poor, thin covering of off-white bubbles that started as a wisp and collar before settling into a even thinner top.
The smell was of a banana milk shake with a liquorice stick in it.
The taste also had banana overtones but the spritzy, lively mouthfeel ensured the milkshake thoughts (from the aromas) where eradicated straight away: it has a malty sweetness but no creamy/rich texture. Interesting, but very un-Christmassy in the flavours I picked up.
The alcohol content sits below the surface nicely, so something is strong and powerful within the brew, I’m just missing the major points somehow.
I liked it, but I’d never have guessed this was a Christmas beer from the taste and smell.
marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a nice beige head and a treacle and candi sugar aroma. There is a hearty dark malt flavor with candi sugar and a lot of spice. There is a soapy finish that detracts from the otherwise good brew. VITUSBEERHOUSE (216) - SANTIAGO DE LOS CABALLEROS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2012
OLOR A MALTA Y ANIS,LIGERERMENTE DE CITRICOS,AL PALADAR UNA SENSACION FUERTE A REGALIZ Y ANIS CON TOQUES CITRICOS Y BUEN LUPULO,MEDIAMENTE CARBONATADA TIENE UNA BUENA GRADACION ALCHOOLICA Y ES BASTANTE AGRADABLE ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Spicy and sweet aroma and flavor with cloves and cinammon. Medium body. Pour a deep amber. Tried at the Kerstbierfestival in Essen in 2011.
Borup (14460) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle from Belgisk Bryg. Unclear amber colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, malt and spice. Oysteib (112) - NORWAY - JAN 8, 2012
From bottle. Cloudy, amber color. Some citrus on the nose, orange peel? On the palate it is surprisingly refreshing for this alcohol content. Nice caramel sweetness, and lots of spice, cloves, some cinnamon, licorice and orange peel, but not so much spice that it becomes dominant. Wonderfully balanced. A great christmas beer. JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2011
Bottled: Unclear orange-red beer with a short but foamy light orange head. Aroma is malty and spicy with strong notes of cloces, cinnamon, star anise and nutmeg. Taste is medium sweet, spicy and light bitter. The spices are too harsh and overpowering. Body is medium, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft. Much too much x-mas here..... kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
abemorsten (3610) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2011
Name: Abbaye de Saint-Martin Cuvee de Noel
Date: July 02, 2010
Source: Tasting, bsp
Appearance: hazy amber, creamy beige head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, nice spicyness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, nice spicyness, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
Clear copper body and a creamy, tan colored head. Banana, pineapple, peach and caramel on the nose. Most inviting. Medium body. Sweet, fruity and light salty. Gentle carbonation. Fails to deliver the promise of the fumes.