SylvainCFC (173) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robe brune très foncée, presque noire. Col de mousse moyen beige/brun clair, aérée de faible tenue. Nez doux sur le caramel, le malt grillé, le chocolat et les fruits mûrs. Bouche sucrée, caramel, raisin/prune mûrs, malt léger. Bière brune chaude, sucrée, avec arômes fruits confis. Corpulence forte, texture presque huileuse. Bière d’hiver chaleureuse, simple, peu/pas épicée.
Icedwarf (1512) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2017
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Donker bruin bier zonder schuim. Smaak is licht rookachtig en licht zoet met iets van zwarte bessen en pruimen.
TBone (17047) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2017
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled 330ml (Beergium)
Dark brown color, small brownish head. Aroma has caramel, raisins, cocoa powder and hints of soya sauce. Medium-bodied. Candy sugar, cocoa, raisins, prunes, rye bread and odd dry hay flavors. Unbalanced.
Lore (2563) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown colour, half inch creamy beige-ish head; aroma of dark chocolate, some coffee, raisins dried figs and plum as well as hints of christmas spices; taste of mild roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dried plum made from unripe plum, some anise and burnt sugar; good Belgian strong ale, though not among the best ones
Alengrin (5087) - BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lesse’s winter ale, bottle from Beergium. Moussy, medium sized, pale greyish beige head leaving a dense rim around the edge but dissolving in the middle to a few thin beige veils, over an immediately hazy, very dark - yet still completely translucent - mahogany brown beer with ochre-tinged edges. Aroma of hard butterscotch candy, old fondant chocolate, unmistakable coriander, cloves, sugared tea, allspice (but subtly so), fermenting tree leaves, earth, old dried orange peel, ginger powder, dried out gingerbread, candied fig, soggy brown bread, dried banana, brown rum, cookie dough, beetroot, whisky, withering basil. Fruity onset but not overly estery, sweet with impressions of raisin, candied fig, red apple and dried peach, sourish elderberry-ish undercurrent, medium carbonation, some minerally accents here and there. Soft, smooth and full body, caramelly and a tad nutty, with a strong bready leaning due to the yeast, which provides spicy, clove-like phenols on top of this malt sweet middle; a mildly bittering toasted accent reveals that, as is the case with so many Belgian Christmas beers, this is inherently Scotch-inspired. The bitterness is further accentuated by a peppery and leafy hop note in the end, but the whole remains primarily malty, with a strong, soapy coriander flavor on top that sticks a bit into the finish. All the way at the back, this caramelly and lightly toasted maltiness, more sweet than bitter but with a bit of both, the coriander and the hops get the company of earthy yeastiness on the one hand and warming, vaguely whisky-like alcohol on the other hand, the latter flirting with astringency but managing to avoid becoming too obtrusive. In all, this is a very stereotypical Belgian, phenolic, Scotch-influenced Christmas beer with the usual coriander soapiness - very strongly so in this case, but luckily we are spared of an overdosis of other spices. Not the worst in this very particular genre I had, actually, apart from being clearly overcoriandered and showing too much earthy yeastiness even for this profoundly Belgian seasonal style. Still a bit pointless to my taste, safe and rather boring, but technically decent.
deanso (9919) - Doncaster, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle from Cagny .
Very thin ring off white head. Clear amber pour. Quite herbal.
mikske79 (1640) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MAR 31, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
De geur is al heel goed. De smaak is nog beter. Lekkere volle afdronk. Echt een topper!
Ysok02 (1388) - Mons, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Robe brune, belle mousse. Nez complexe sur des notes de chocolat, de torréfié, sur un fond lacté et minéral. Bouche à l’attaque épicée et chocolatée, fine bulle, de la longueur, de la complexité et de l’équilibre. Une belle brune complexe et équilibrée.
yespr (43040) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is yeasty, phenolic and roasted malty. Fruity, caramelish, breadish and roasted malty. Dry and bitter roasted finish.
markextrae (4319) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample at festival. poured a clear light brown colour with a tanned head. nose of caramel malts, red fruits, yeast, chocolate, and a small coffee notice. taste has something ’fresh’ into it. wich is quite annoying