sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2012
Pours dark with a loose and rapidly disappearing head. Deep fruity nose of cherries and spices. Not quite as heavy a mouthfeel as I would have expected, more laid back in the fruit flavours, a hit of malt. Slightly dry aftertaste. At least it’s not like liquid christmas pudding. Idiosynkrasie (7533) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2012
330ml bottle. Clear deep dark red with average frothy to creamy, moderately lacing off-white head. Fruity and slightly spicy aroma has notes of cherry, coriander, a touch of clove, a dry to soapy hop overtone. Taste is initially dark malty with an upflashing touch of cherry, slightly soapy hop note, becomes later earthy and minimally spicy. Unbalanced. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
3rd July 2010KoNrRiI (1514) - Århus, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2012
Hazy brown beer, good off white head. Fairly neutral palate. Palate is slightly soft. Sweetish malt - creamy. Nice fruity undertone - cherry dominant. Finishes semi dry and malty. Not bad for a Xmas beer!
0.33 bottle. Aroma seems to be rather equally divided between hops and malts, some christmas-like spicy additions in the background along with a delicate alcoholic scent and a subtle. Dark scarlet color and a small off-white head of very poor retention. Taste is pretty pleasant, sweet and malty, not very intricate. The beer has medium body and a fine creamy feel, however carbonation is somewhat to lively for this kind of beer which I feel should be enjoyed with family or a group of friends on a cold afternoon by a fireplace. The aftertaste is short and sweet, does not leave any sour or bitter residues. Overall it is a fine beer, very well suited for winter, quite drinkable for its kind and not overly sweet. Lowenbrau (4287) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUN 1, 2012
330ml bottle. Sweet berries aromas, some nuts. Pours hazy amber-ruby colour, with vanishing head, leaving some lacework. Medium body and average carbonation. Taste is berries, some spicy and malty. As it warms alcohol gets dominant. Enjoyable.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 28, 2012
Die Schaumkrone hält mittelmäßig, Farbe ist rötlich-bräunlich. Geschmacklich fruchtig leicht Alkoholisch, etwas süß, säuerlich. Fazit: Schon gut und lecker, aber für einen Belgier und ein Weihnachtsbier eher unspektakulär.
Test vom 27.3.2009, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 9,10,9,10,11,10 - 9,80 vipinvelp (4430) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2012
It’s really too long ago since I drank this beer to remember all details. All I know that I drank it eating pizza and the taste was just perfect. However nothing special with this beer. danielyabu (1658) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - APR 29, 2012
average frothy offwhite head. fair lacing. mostly diminishing. translucent, average-density dark amberish-brown body. aroma: dark chocolate, raisin, red wine, wood, alcohol. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: moderate sweet bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic finish. dulçor caramelado, amadeirado, lembra tinto-seco, único defeito é o paladar, muito aguado; sabor e aroma bem agradáveis, sabor traz presença de frutas secas
BlackHaddock (7346) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2012
33cl brown bottle, poured into my huge ’Judas’ tulip glass. Best before 11 Mar 2012, so this is a young one (reviewed 14 Dec 2010).
Looked impressive, ruby red body with a vast tan coloured head of foaming bubbles on top. The head fell away quickly, but left some lacing on the glass as the beer level sank.
Red berries and Christmas spices filled my nose, along with hints of yeast smells.
The taste followed the aromas, red berries, spices and yeast: add alcohol and some marzipan to liven and sweeten it up.
The marzipan type flavours I got began to take over as the beer warmed and the beer then seemed a little sickly and too sweet towards the end of the tasting, pity.
Overall, OK, but strange the way it changed completely as it warmed in the glass: drink it cold.
ganache (5905) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle by 18/09/12. Fruity nose, biggest on cherries, I think, but there’s some indeterminate pitted fruit here with mineral-yeast and malt. Red-amber body with a foamy beige-tan head. Semi-sweet body dries out, crisp and attacking with light acid, alcohol seems stronger than the 6.6% claimed. Malt a little simplistic, but touch of smoke with light roast and even good woody noble hops in the back. Medium-full body with swishing yeast to close.