Fatehunter (2517) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin head with a reddish/brown colored body.
Smell is a hefty dose of licorice and chicory coffee. Heady but nice.
Taste is licorice also. Quite sweet overall. While it’s good, it lacks complexity.
Texture is sticky, medium to thicker body and low carbonation.
A warming ale for sure but the licorice was a bit strong for me.
teddybearontap (14) - - APR 21, 2017
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance - beautiful mahogany brown color with a creamy foam top.
Aroma - raisins, honey, a hint of toasty maltiness, nice and spicy with clove and anise-seed.
Taste - echoes the aroma. I normally dislike Belgian strong ales due to their banana-y cloyingly sweet esthers, but this was a very welcome exception. The sweetness had more of a honey, even raisin characteristics without being annoyingly sweet, and the star anise notes I got from it were simply gorgeous.
Palate - not watery, not too syrup-y, and not so fizzy it drowns out the flavors. Well done.
Overall - a very, very well-made beer. My favorite holiday beer to date, indeed: my favorite spiced beer in general to date. I really, really enjoyed this and definitely got me in the christmas/wintery mood. Honestly, the only thing this beer needed more was a fireplace to enjoy it by and snow falling in the background. And I say that despite the fact that I normally, full disclosure, absolutely despise Gouden Carolus (I find it too cloyingly sweet for me). In fact, this is the beer that inspired my first homebrew. I’d say that speaks for itself.
Hector44 (7) - SPAIN - APR 20, 2017 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Una gran cerveza, muy aromática, destacando los toques de regaliz y frutos rojos, dejando en el paladar el gusto de café junto con las pasas y regaliz
thetmaxx (913) - West Sacramento, California, USA - APR 9, 2017
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really liked this beer, kinda sweet and Candi buy it’s good. Poured nice frothy head.
Rehkopff (70) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Meget tydelig lakrids duft. Flot brun og behagelig første indtryk.
Juleøl som nydes alene uden mad - men en fantastisk øl.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
davidf93 (78) - Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 12, 2017
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cumin liquorice sticky toffee notes. Dark red colour with medium to light tan head, good amount of lacing. Sweet slight bitter lifeless body. Not too bad.
balloonbuffoon (142) - - MAR 10, 2017
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2floz bottle with an unclear date of ??/08/2014 (smudged ink) on the back label. Paid a discounted price about $2 two months ago. Fills my tulip glass with a fizzy, murky, amber hued brown body and a quick receding head. Beet sugar is alive and well in the nose. I consider it to be the the highlight as lacks a certain pizazz otherwise. Feels lighter than it should given its alcohol content Yet alcohol is present as a sugary and subdued fennel are noted on the palate. Decent, although I remember liking this more a few years ago (5-10) when I had it once or twice.
martjoobolut (3869) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 10, 2017
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle, BB 19.09.19 (from beergium). Pours copper with beige head. The head stays. Aroma is massive spices, wormwood, anise, sweetness, malt, fruits. Flavor is sweet, malt, fruits, spices, anise. Finish slight bitterness and booze. Overall: not a huge fan of anise, ant this basically sweet-malty anise syrup... Well at least it was cheap, so it is a way to get drunk and I could force myself to drink this... but then again I would prefer some good ESL to this, so nah..
Jenner707 (82) - DENMARK - FEB 27, 2017
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark Amber beer with head Small head through Out the whole beer. Medium body. The aroma is liqorice with fruity hints and a sour fruity aftertaste
nathanvc (357) - Brugge, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2017
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a lasting beige head, particles noticeable in the end. The smell is very intense and has dried fruits, perhaps citrus, and licorice. The aroma contains lots of licorice, spices, herbs, yeast, caramel, but also hints of cough syrup. Initial taste is heavy sweet, then medium sweet and light spicy bitter. Oily, a bit sticky texture, medium carbonation, full body. Alcohol is relatively well hidden. Reminds me of N’Ice Chouffe but with a heavier smack from the licorice and spices hammer.
DocJitsu (1925) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2017
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a muddy bourbon brown with a short cream-tan head. Mild fruity nose. Banana bread as well. Viscous mouthfeel. Brown sugar, sorghum, and banana. A bubble gum note at the finish.