Dedollewaitor (16171) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2012
Bottle @ AA-Meeting, Western Denmark 2012. Pours ruby amber with a small creamy head. Spices and sweet malts. Caramel and fruit. Full bodied. Well brewed. Eructoblaster (4205) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
Bottle - 750ml. Hazy brown body with a thin beige foamy head. Strong, complex malty/hoppy aroma with brown sugar, spicy, and cinnamon hints. Taste is quite decent, but not as robust as the aroma. It carries spicy, woody, and brown sugar notes. Ends with a good bittersweet finish. Enjoyable Christmas beer. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2010
In short: An overly spicy (xmas beer style) strong ale with a hard-candy characterMrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when about 6+ months of age. Sent to me by matt7215, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Murky amber-brown body topped by a quickly diminishing beige head leaving minimal lacings. A very ugly beer.
In long: Nose is has a strong complex spiciness and a sour-ish component that I’d describe as Flemish Sour. Taste has a lot of things going on, this is far from a flavourless beer. Grainy toasted malts, Christmas beer spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg), candied apples, pancake syrup, yeast, hard candies. Also some fresh cherries, tannins as well as a surprising oaky-sour character (surprising because I don’t think the beer is oak-aged). Very little sweetness apparent for a 9.5% brew but this is certainly because my taste buds were saturated by the spices. Not bad, not good and very spicy. But what really stands out about this beer is how ugly it looked. Like a glass of mud. Very very ugly, it went down ok, but I hope it won’t call me back tomorrow.
Bottle courtesy of Jimmay. Deep dark cola brown with a puffy off white foam. This beer has an interesting earthy and spicy nose with some notes of dark bread. I get lavender, ginger, and chestnut with wet autumn leaves. Tastes sweet, but not malty, and more spicy and earthy again. Honey, ginger,maple syrup and bread crust. But the beer isn’t necessarily sweet either. Very strange little beer but enjoyable. Medium bodied with a chestnut finish. Thanks Drew! Sammy (12212) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2010
Bottle at Chancey Smith, with Milos. Glad I caught up with this. Dark brown with an off- white pretty foamy head. A bit funky aroma. Sweet spicey, honey not noticeable up front, corriander, ginger,basil, oregeno and dill, fruity. Very drinkable and unique. Easy mouthfeel, though some sourness in the finish way offset by the sweet spice.
barncatmatt (2286) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2010
750 ml bottle from a trade with jimmay. pours muddy brown/red. aroma of fruity red berries and spices. the flavour is berries, belgian yeast, spices. overly spiced for my pallate. the last pour from the bottle was thick with spice. i enjoyed the first pours a great deal more and would happily drink it again. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2010
A Mes rate: bottle at home thanks to Mario.LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JAN 15, 2010
Hazy mid brown colour with a good beige head. The characteristic Brùton hints of slight sourness and burnt malt, glorious spice and really tasty caramel. The spice is really upfront actually, and usually it would totally take over but somehow the rest of the beer still sings without any effort. Superb lick of alcohol and sourness in the finish that really makes it. Kinda an odd balance of citrus and burnt malt with a assertive sour feel. It’s just bloody lovely. Another excellent beer from Brùton, thanks Mario.
L’aroma è inizialmente un po’ strano, ha dell’acidino, penso "sob sarà andata", invece il sapore si risolleva completamente, è ottima, l’acido è soltanto una piccola punta, forse un principio ma sicuramente non abbastanza per rovinare quest’ottima birra, la cui speziatura mi ricorda alcune cose di Baladin (la Lurisia 8?); molto buona e ’calorosa’, si beve bene ma è adatta per le serate fredde e di neve. fiulijn (20516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2009
Magnum bottle at IBF 2009, Milan, thanks to all the guys at the stand for bringing this bottle especially for me!MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
Mahogany color, with beautiful red hue; medium creamy head. Good caramel aroma, good body strength, good caramel flavor; medium sweetness; mature, light subdued spices. Light alcoholic feeling. Well balanced, solid Belgian Strong Ale.
My Bottom Line:
Saliva-inducing dessert spiciness (cinnamon and nutmeg, mostly) grows within a dense dark bread which seems to house candied cherries, cranberries and orange peel, creating an amazingly nourishing and cohesive panpepato of strong ales.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam sits atop the auburn brown opacity.
-Mulled, this would become somewhat of a Tuscan hypocrase. I’d be curious to try.
-The body is rich (akin to good Barley Wines), but the sweetness never overwhelms due to the alcohol and leafy hops which peek through the finish.
-Honey is a welcome addition to the already complex flavor profile and sits well between all the voices present.
-The complex spice nose and dense malt deployment make this Christmas offering extremely enjoyable and full of personality.
-The malt signature is redolent of a bigger Momus.
-If you like panpepato, you should fall in love with this beer. If you’d be interested in an Imperial Gruit made especially for Christmas, this one is also for you.