erling1000 (826) - DENMARK - NOV 15, 2014
A dark belgian xmas ale. Palate like velvet. Aroma is complex, coffee, vineous. Taste is bitter. Interesting beer. Alengrin (5884) - BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2014
Complex ’massive ale’ in Belgian style with a long list of ingredients including four hop varieties, wheat flakes and candi syrup. Off-white, dense head, very dark burgundy colour, hazy. Strong aroma of dried spices and caramel with hints of orange peel, cloves, bayleaf, nutmeg, caramel, passion fruit, port wine, pear and hay. Dry and tingling spiciness in the onset (dried citrus peel), deep caramelly and chocolatey maltiness, candied fruits, yeast bitterness especially in the end, finishing with leafy hops and warming, sherry-like alcohol. Must be a great provisional beer with amazing ageing potential. VastActiv (7734) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle from local Alko. Originally rated 13122011. Colour is dark brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Belgian yeast, dark fruits, spices and malts. onceblind (10864) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Aged 2 years. Heavy dark brown pour, no real head to speak of. Nose is a bit restrained but contains some chewy plum and a touch of light herbal Christmas spices. Flavor is dark and plummy, with a bright cheesy malty middle with a wee herbal tone throughout. Not necessarily plummy, just a bit sweet and fruity-malty. A bit booze forward without the necessary depth. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Tap at Beachwood long beach. Clear inky red pour with mocha foam. Nose is somewhat medicinal, baked cherry, prunes, cinnamon dark bread. Taste is bitter, decently roasty, some cocoa, also some dark cherry and Pumpernickel bread. Dry, bitter cocoa finish.
rdixon77 (3106) - Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Super old review- fuzzy on details. Just remember incredible balance of Xmas spice, sweetness, malt, and dark fruit. Perfect beer for Xmas. Nice warmth without any boozy burn. kalervo (1044) - FINLAND - NOV 25, 2013
I have tasted this about two years ago, just mentioned I’ve forgot to rate it. Don’t remember exact notes anymore, just remember the feeling that it was wonderful beer. deyholla (12583) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle thanks to Jan! Pours a hazy deep brown with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has sweet dark grains, molasses and toffee with a hint of light spice. Flavor is similar with toffee and sweet dark grains throughout with hints of spice and Belgian candied sugar. Roonai (319) - - OCT 6, 2013
bottle shared by deyholla- thanks!
pours murky brown with no head though some yellow-brown foam around the edge. nose is rich chocolate and raisin. taste is smoooooth milk chocolate with a slight raisin bite- what was once, im sure, heat- this is a smooth yummo brew OKplus (788) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
750ml served in a St. Bernardus chalice.
A - Pitch black body with a creamy mocha head that retains well. Sticky speckled lacing left behind.
S - Strong and rich dairy chocolate, roasted barley, sweet vanilla coffee, chocolate fruit cake, cherries. Good stuff here.
T - Chocolate hits first, creamy and sweet with some bitter roast behind it, hints of oxidation, some muted cherries, and raisins, also getting some charred wood in the middle. The finish showcases powdery dry yeast with some bitter roast at the very end.
M - Full body but light and very creamy as well, moderate carbonation, no alcohol heat at all.
Haven’t had this fresh but at 1 year this tastes great. Not your typical BSDA but very smooth, creamy bold flavors that have seemed to blend well. Drinks more like a stout.
The way that this beer hides the ABV is very impressive. It’s almost non-existent. Well done.
Serving type: bottle