kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2011 Bottle. Corked bottle opens up with a nice big pop but no gushing. Poured into to a tulip glass a clear light brownish red orange color wih a slight tiny bubbled head. Nice aroma of light fruit, oak, and red wine. Has an almost slightly slightly sour note in the nose. Light mouhfeel. Starts with a light fruit flavor like apricot and apple which leads to a tanic like wine flavor. Some booze type notes as well. Drinks really nice. Thanks to matsciguy for sharing.
portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle shared by matsciguy. Pour is cloudy copper with nice frothy head that settles to a collar around glass. Aroma is sour funky fruit. Taste is sweet and sour fruit with a tangy malty finish. Palate is medium feel with solid carbonation and a chaulky finish. Very good! caesar (7131) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2011
Bottled thx to jerohen. Dark brown color, medium head. Aroma of a spicy and sweet belgian strong ale, fruity esters, slight yeasty, chocolat, roasted malt. And then mixed with burgundy red wine, very fruity, grapes. Smooth oak and sourness added to the belgian strong ale. Nice combination, but to be honest not perfectly in balance. It almost tastes like wine and belgian strong ale mixed with each other. It still is tasty tho. jerohen (2296) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2011
Bottled, 2009 vintage. Copper colored, medium head. Nose really resembles a red wine, fruit notes, alcohol. Complex flavor, fruity, sour, some wood, perhaps some vanilla. Lasting finish. A good beer, the Bourgogne barrel aging clearly left its marks. However, too expensive for what you get to drink this more often. keepersj12 (3117) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Not as good as Scaldis Noel but pretty good just the same. Pours a murky brown with a decent tan head. Lively carbonation. The aroma is very sweet and fruity along with some spice and bread. The flavor is fruity sweet up front, then malty, finishing very warm and soothing. Quite smooth.
dnstone (3404) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Funky tart edge. Hazy dark copper color with no head. Excellent smooth but complex with nice funky tartness.
Notes: Kerstbier Festival ’10 Tim Webb (443) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2010
75cl bottle, 2008 vintage, good to end of 2011 according to the label. Bought from Geers in Oostakker, so in best nick, though hazy. Cheaper than most at a meer €14,95. Set it aside for a Christmas Day special, sadly. It smelt and tasted of oxidised wine up front, I guess because that is what was left in the cask. This clashed with the partially fermented, naieve, sweet, said-not-to-be-spiced barley wine. The effect was similar to spreading crumbled mature Stilton cheese over Corn Flakes and adding sour milk with Canada Dry. It got better after the initial shock but neither I nor my partner of the notoriously forgiving palate could finish it. I have nothing against experimentation but not at this price. BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2010
tasted this one before deyholla (11597) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2010
head: beige and creamy/bubbly
colour: dark , buttery amber
smell: port/sherry/wineous, malts, candy , bit of anis, vanilla , nuts, caramel ( tiny bit )
taste: very wineous old port start , malt bitterness, sweetness of vanilla and candy , alcoholic, reminds of gluhwein , absolutly gorgeous ! i’m def. a big fan of this beer !
Shared by Joe at Jackie O’s weekend. Thanks Joe! Poured hazy amber with a white head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma was quite ’wine-y’ with dried red fruits, acid and warmth. Flavor started with slightly sour red fruits and built into a strong wine-linke finish, highlighted by dry fruits and an alcohol burn. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Handsome 750ml courtesy of tjthresh - thanks, Tom! Dark caramel color with a nice froth from the bottle conditioning, it certainly looks potent and almost regal. The nose is delightful, and I just love the wine barrels with a BSA, giving both the aroma and the taste a nice but not overdone tartness. It comes across like a worthy substitute of the usual sweet malts for something a bit more pert.