NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours ruby red in color with a rapidly fading pure white head. Floral aroma, fruity malt flavor with a citrus snap finish. All things considered, a really solid, above average Belgian strong ale. pineypower (3353) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours out a reddish copper color with a light off white lacing head. Aroma is almost of a hard cider, lots of apple, and some slight spice. Taste is a bit of a letdown, thin mouthfeel for a 9% winter beer, some tangy spice, apple and slight alcohol make an appearance along with a little bitterness. Not bad, but failed to come together. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Date: January 28, 2010
Source: Brusin Ales, Asheville NC
Appearance: hazy dark amber, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, light spicyness, balancing earthyness
Flavor: sweet and spicy caramel malt flavor, lots of earthyness, light spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
THOUGHTS: Like a not as good Mad Elf. A bit overly carbonated. Balanced between sweet and acidic. Very Fruity. A bit Christmasy, but not by much. Sweet and dry. Fairly interesting, if not extremely complex beer. Nice to know it’s organic. Sweetness and acidity overpower most of the flavor.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark reddish amber with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left virtually no head. The aroma was nice, but weak. There was light to moderate caramel and candy sugar; light yeast; grape, apple, cherry, honey and maple syrup. The initial flavor was sweet and very acidic; while the finish was very sweet and acidic with a fairly long duration. There was fruit, unsweetened cherry, candy sugar, other fruit, yeast, apple, grape, wine, caramel, maple syrup and toffee. The light to medium body was very dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly alcoholic finish. Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2010
This brew has a floral, sweet, and boozy aroma. It is amber sunset red with a bubbly appearance. It starts malty sweet and the 9% abv hits you strong on the palate, like a Belgian should. It settles right after that unfortunately with nothing special at the end.
Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Kind of your basic Belgian-style. Nothing distinctive or interesting. Cloudy reddish gold, basic Belgian spice on the nose, medium to heavy body with sharp, boozy, metallic/phenolic finish. Not bad, just nothing special. FROTHINGSLOSH (8449) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joe’s in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a dark orange-amber color with a small beige head. The aroma was crisp and fairly sweet with notes of coriander, lemon and BBQ sauce. The flavor was sweet, tart and fruity with coriander, cinnamon, orange, BBQ and smoke. Long finish. Fairly full bodied. Well done. nuplastikk (6652) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2010
22oz Bomber. Thick reddish-brown color, foamy cinnamon beige-red head. I’m not really a big Amber malt guy, but this one really exceeds my expectations. Maybe I haven’t had a good Belgian Christmas Ale for awhile, but this one really captures the essence of that style, mellow spiced fruity tang, coalescing just right with the hops. Sweet red beet candi sugar tastes permeate through the whole time, alongside tropical mango and pineapple. An almost oily full body, but retains some smooth malt tones. Great stuff. raphael (1322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2010
First smell my nose canclarify is smoked ham, which breaks down to smoke & caramel, then major white sugar. cloudy deep amber with modest off white head. flavors of a slightly better malt liquor—strong sugart, alcohool, faint caramel, only mildly chemical in the mouth. in the moutquick warming, sweet finish. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Pours a hazy dark red brown color with a thin layer of quickly dissapating light tan bubbly head. Aroma is sweet candied fruits and sour apples. Flavor is lighter than expected, very tart, candy like, with lots of sour cherry flavor and sweet sugary esence. Reminds me a lot of jolly ranchers. Overall, just ok.