Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2008
750 pours deep dark ruby brown with a big French vanilla ice cream colored head that seems to become part of the tulip - solid lace. The aroma is sweet, malty, spicy, and coriander. The flavor has vinous fruits, dark fruits, plums, coriander, hops somewhere in there, vanilla, and all sorts of things going on. I chilled it too long, so will need to drink slowly to warm… Begins to show some of the more musty and earthy notes as it warms. Pepper also starts to show. The palate is rich for the style (even though I taste more of a BSA). Overall, very nice. ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2009
06 Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium sized tan colored head. Aroma is honey, chocolate, prunes. Flavor is honey, chocolate, tart cherries, orange, grassy, hint of pepper. Palate is medium bodied, fairly heavily carbonated, finished dry and tart. Not sure if this embodies the holiday season or not, but I like it a lot. This has a ton of sour character from the wild yeast. I’d rather drink this on a hot day than by the fire in winter. Recommend to any sourhead! Zach Diesel (905) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2004
sweet raspberry aroma, cloudy apple cider appearance with an amazing creamy head, sweet raspberry tartness with some woody dryness on the finish and more ripe fruits as it warms ddemmingjr (890) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2011
pours cloudy, nut brown, soft, off white head. graham cracker, honey, nutty malts, Christmas spice, light citrus fruits on the nose. Yeast, distinct raspberries, caramel malts, toffee sweetness with faint alcohol heat and medium finish. solid flip_soeperman (881) - NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2014
Good malty beer, quite a bit of refreshing sourness, although very balanced. Slightly spicy. Not necessary a saison, but a good malty balanced beer.
tapefuzz (865) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2017 750mL bottle. Pours reddish (almost purple) brown with no head, but some sudsy bubbles. Aroma is yeast, cherry, berries, caramel, spice, yeast, clove, and brine. Taste is chocolate, spice, honey, pepper, cherry, dark fruit, brine, nutmeg, yeast, and red wine. Initially lightly sour, the beer then grows sweet before an earthy, herbal finish with just a touch of bitterness. Full body. Soft, barely-there carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky, creamy, and smooth. MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2003
Brown color with red notes. Aroma of too old beer (plums in Madeira, raisins). Alcohol totally hidden. Likely to an ordinairy bruin. Lack of flavor and intensity. Flavor kind of disappears in the mouth. Quite disappointing. DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2003
This one's spices were just ALL over the place. Im guessing they threw the whole spice rack into this one. The Fantome Noel was another one sampled at Obriens last night (a long list if you've noticed). This one poured a medium brown with a light tannish medium head as well. The aroma was brimming with a slew of spices including ginger and coriander, and of course wood. There were also hints of citrusy orangeness. The taste was very acidic with the spices dominating. Alcohol and coriander blending with citrusy hops to create one spicey meatball, let me tell ya!!!! The alcohol becomes really apparent as the Noel warms up. Total barnyardiness comes out as it warms...foresty, spicey, warm belly feeling. Not bad, but nothing that really caught my tongue and took it for the ride of its life. I repeat, i want to get my hands on a bottle of 2001. beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours Orange Tan and Hazy. The nose has some acidic funkyness with wood. Flavors are dry tart with barnyard like notes. Earthy but some medicinal like tastes. Not much sweetness, along with some sourness. Dry finish. Interesting, but not a whole lot to my liking. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2004
French toast aroma w/perfect amount of maple syrup on top. Garnet color. Chewy dense malts slapped against a juicy cherry. Carmelized honey banana flavors, creamy dark fruit esters. Somewhat astringent hoppiness comes out as brew warms. I didn't get a lot of funkiness out of this brew which I didn't mind. And I kept thinking of whips and leather and chains. I'm not sure why, perhaps it was the devilish look of the ghost. And Santa looking oh-so-frisky.