tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Amber/brown color. Big off-white head. Sweet, malty and fruity, hops and a bitter ending with a strange aftertaste.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured cranberry red with a large billowy white head. Aromas of malt, sweet caramel, and raisins fill the nose. The palate is creamy and the carbonation is good Flavors of sweet malt and Belgian spices fill my mouth with a nice peppery finish Great bottle art and this thing hides the alcohol well what more could ask for in a Christmas offering
clueo (181) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great aroma and a nice pour with a small head. A nice milky appearance. The flavor is malty with a nice smooth finish. A very enjoyable Belgian seasonal!
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a deep rusty color with a fading, fizzy tan head. Soft and sweet fruity aroma. Plummy, raisiny and with a big alcohol presence. There’s also a mild herbal note peeking through. Flavor has an apparent alcohol bite. Peppery ethanol, and sweet Belgian malts. Has some sweet raisin notes as well, but that’s about it. Simple and alcohol dominated. A bit of a let down.
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz bottle. boy would I like to do a vertical tasting with this one and the stille nacht. poured little to zero head with varying size bubbles in the foam. Dark copper color and a subtle hint of red. smell was first prunes then honey and cherries. thick on the palate - the glare off the top of the glass was textured. taste was cherries and toast. thick malty aftertaste.
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Tap) Pours a hazy reddish brown color with almost no head. Light dusty aroma includes some spice... maybe clove or allspice... and light hops. Interesting taste incorporates the spice and some vanilla notes with dark fruit as well. I caught some apple notes, yeast notes, and lots of candy sugar as well. Above average mouthfeel with fine carbonation. I couldn’t drink this on a daily basis, but I think it’s an exceptional beer overall.
Habanero (4510) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2012 Bottle, pours hazy, dark brown/ruby with a medium sized beige head. Nose with lots of burned malt and fruits. Flavour of figs, brown sugar and molasses. Slightly hoppy finish. Medium to full bodied. An ejoyable christmas beer.★★★★
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brownish / amber pour with lots of malt particles and a thin off-white head. Very sweet aroma; candy sugar, raisens, lightly spiced and nutty. The palate is creamy. Flavor is a little odd, lots of spices up front, with dark fruit, and malt; then it sort of transforms into a spicy juice-like substance with some hops and cinnamon. Lots of flavors, but they don’t work well together and provide for an odd tasting experience.
juiceisloose (1384) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a reddish brown color with a medium tan head that receded very quickly. The aroma was of dark malts, caramel, belgian spice, and dark fruits. The dark fruits come forward first then the spices and malts mix in to give a semi sweet taste. The alcohol is masked nicely. This has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture that finished with some spices and a little hop bite. Pretty good for a christmas beer.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours cloudy dark bronze, with a head of large bubbles that fades very fast. Aroma is big alcohol upfront, with dark fruits and some candi sugar and malt backing it up. Body is suitable medium to thin for a Belgian beer. Flavor is very fruity, sweet malt, with some balancing hops, an d a bit of sharpness from the alcohol. Finish is sweet but not heavy or cloying.