beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Pours very dark copper with a lighter tan head. Very sweet in the aroma and flavor. Heavy body and very smooth for twelve percent. Light spiciness to the finish compliments a fruity malt flavor with a light earthy and woody flavor and slight citrus note. Very warming beer for a cold day. patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2006
bottle from the Fort Wayne tasting - Pours coppery with a moderate head. It has a mild malt aroma with alcohol. The flavor has some kind of fruit that I couldn’t really put my finger on, and again the alcohol is quite evident. Light carbonation and a medium body works well enough. Then there’s a mild, dry finish. Overall it’s pretty good. I didn’t know the age of this bottle, but it tasted like it could have used some aging. PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Had on old bottle: Labeled as 13% alcohol. (I think it was a 2002) Had it in December of 2006. Very lively, clear bubbly orange/bronze pour with slight sediment and thick falling tan head. Huge toffee aroma, hint of musty fruits (kiwi, cherry?), brownsugar, yeasty, and a hint of bourbon whiskey (the alcohol content). Musty basment aspect, enormous alcohol and burn. It devours the other flavors or qualities in my opinion. Upfront quick and sharp sweet fruity hint (dates). Then an overwhelming burn. Harsh on he palate. My bottle had on the back label (the strongest Belgian Christmas Ale). I like high alcohol brews, when it’s masked and has other flavor qualities. Almost seemed like a carbonated, low quality bourbon. Dissappointing. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Bottle. Thank you Stegosaurus for getting me this gem. Pours a coppery amber color with thin 1 finger white head. Belgian yeast with a bready aroma. Flavor of belgian spices good hint of alcohol citrus and a hint of caramel. This was decent brew. Very enjoyable and a perfect blend for having such a high alcohol content. DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2006
250 ml. bottle. Pours a deep amber showing a medium off white head with some reasonable lace. Noticeable alcohol followed by some fruity esters and caramel. Medium body, light carbonation, and faintly astringent. Malty sweetness predominates, although a little spicy bitterness comes into play to ward off any sticky sweetness, and drying up the finish a bit. For a rather puny bottle at a somewhat high price, I was expecting something special, so from that standpoint this was perhaps a little disappointing. Although it’s good, there are many other Belgians out there that are much better.
JoeinDahlem (1523) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2006
The Bush Ambree has bitterness to save it, but here the brown sugar overwhelms what might have been more enjoyable malt, chocolate, spice, and alcohol. To sweet for my blood. cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle: Pours a nice dark amber, almost brown. Head is nice and full, mostly white. Smell is a very flavorful smell with notes of banana and maybe some hints of what might be apricot. I detect just a tinge of citrus in there as well. The smell is very pleasing. The taste doesn’t disappoint either, but is not as good as the smell indicates. I notice some banana type flavors in here as well, again with that apricot flavor. Sadly, even though this beer is very good, the alcohol is not masked by the spices as one would think. The carbonation also seems a bit high in this one. Overall, very good, but could have used more age. IrishBoy (4202) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle; Nose is caramel and spices; amber with bearly any beige head; flavor tingled my tongue in a thick body and was caramel, spices, and alcohol. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2006
8.48 oz bottle. Pours out a dark red color with a white cream colored head. Smell is rich toffee and dark fruits and a slight alcohol note. Taste is sweet and dominated by alcohol at first but as it warms up and breathes a little better it becomes a nice fruity little sipper. Interesting beer, one to try, but probably not one to stock up on. Unless you like strong alcohol notes mixed with fruits. hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2006
I just had one of these at the Herot! they’ve got plenty..First off of coarse you put it to your nose..nice aroma smells like banana bread.Pours like a Trappist beer without the head which disappeared as fast as it was poured . First taste was warm with a strong alcohol finish and was fruity sweet.By the end of the bottle 8.5oz..the alcohol strength was dominate and seemed to pull through more towards. the end. still
all said a good seasonal beer.