patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Courtesy of and split with my good pal Vin. Pours a deep mahogany, bloody plum red-amber with a massive, meringue, creamy beige head. The nose begins with a rush of raisins, soft, buttery dough, and sweet yeast, following through on soft, warm sugar cookies, plums, dark cherries, figs, slight oak, molasses, toffe, Belgian candied sugars and finishes with subtle notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and banana bread. The body is as huge, warm, round, and jolly as Ol’ Saint Nicholas himself. Heavy. warm, comforting, and as smooth and clean as the freshest winter snow. This is, perhaps, the best Christmas ale I have ever had the privilege and pleasure to sip and snjoy. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. Cheers. BeerSherpa (10) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 17, 2011
My every new years beer. If I was going to make a crappy new years movie with a bunch of crappy actors that no one will remember next new years, and had to forget how crappy it was, I’d drink a case of these. holdleder (370) - Kongerslev, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 75 cl. champagne-flaske. 10,5 %. En. Suveræn god juleøl der passer perfekt til en juleaften. Stærk smag af lakrids. Re-rated 30/12-14. Suveræn lakridssmag leghorn99 (254) - roma, ITALY - JAN 16, 2015
Osservazioni: Si presenta di color tonaca di frate, limpido; la schiuma è color ocra, molto persistente, a trama fine, cremosa. L’aroma è pulito e molto complesso: al variare della temperatura nel bicchiere possiamo trovare zucchero a velo, canditi, spezie da lievito, glassa, banana matura, prugna, uvetta, ciliegia, mirtilli rossi. Un ottimo bouquet che crea grandi aspettative in bocca, dove arriva con un corpo da medio a pieno, carbonazione contenuta, consistenza oleosa. E’ morbida e gradevole, regalando subito note di toffee e frutta sotto spirito, datteri, prugne ed uvetta; l’imbocco è molto dolce ma già a metà percorso emerge una nota amaricante di liquirizia a bilanciare; all’aumentare della temperatura il livello di liquirizia cresce notevolmente, diventando un po’ il sapore dominante. Ha un finale abbastanza secco; il palato è abbastanza pulito per assaporare un retrogusto caldo e morbido, abboccato, di frutta sotto spirito e liquirizia. vicdelrio (1) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 18, 2015 does not count
Afrutada, agradable, sabor a regaliz y anís. Muy rica. La segunda mejor que hemos probado
erling1000 (719) - - NOV 6, 2016
A belgian, very dark brown, very strong X-mas ale with barley malt and wheat, and with very high, creamy head. Aroma is liqourice toffee, caramel, light malt, light prune? Taste is sweet and light bitter.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone charmarita (66) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2016
Wow! Truly amazing beer. Aroma is of delicatey spiced gluhwein and appearance to match, deep burgundy. Pours from bottle with beautiful tall off-white foam head. Taste mildly sweet with no bitterness or saltiness. Palate soft and supple. Fantastic beer. I almost thought I was drinking a rich red wine at first. Highly recommend, not just for Christmas. Top notch drop. shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Very rich, sweet Belgian. Pours dark walnut brown with thick head. Excellent strong ale! yankeefan21 (135) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Bottle: Pours a deep black walnut with a nice tan head. One whiff of this beer and I just knew this was the brew for me. I was pulled in by the delicious aroma of sweet malts and fig with just an undercurrent of alcohol. My first sip? Angels are singing "Merry Christmas!" There is a medium sweet quality to a complex host of flavors. There is a little fig, there is a little sweet cherry, there is a little vanilla... Each sip reveals a new flavor and before I know it the bottle is gone! This has a medium body slightly creamy mouth feel with a smooth warming alcohol finish that is pleasing rather than overpowering. My God is this a great beer! Right in my wheel house. It went down so easy I hardly notice the 10% ABV - which means it’s probably a good thing I only had the 1 330ml bottle! This is as close to perfect as I’ve ever rated a beer. I’m going to buy out the store tomorrow! Teran (331) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 14, 2016
Nice chestnut red colour, clear with good beige top. Tobacco, licorice, malt, candy brown sugar caramel, anise, etc. Very nice taste, superb aroma. Distinguished Christmas beer. Sugar is high, but for Christmas it must be.