olsvammel (7312) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2011 It poured a ahazy very dark amber liquid with a small white foam. Sweet smell and taste of red wine, spices, yeast and grapes. humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2009
Rich brown, turbid with a dirty crown. Smell is complex: herbal, vinous, hazelnuts, caramelized dark fruits, curacao liqueur. Flavor is sweet, salty, nutty with fruity esters, vanilla and orange. Body is medium, slightly oily, with an astringent finish. This ale had great character but lacked depth. wekker84 (2530) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2009
750 ml bottle a dark brown colored beer with a beige head aroma of dry fruit sweetness and some spices taste dry fruit sweet spices and sweetness some alcohol carruthm (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2009
2008 vintage, tap from Uber. alcohol is very present. almost cloyingly sweet with a slightly bitter finish WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours a very hazy brown color, almost no light coming through. Medium head with a decent amount of lacing. Roasted sweet malts, slightly bready and yeasty with hints of ripe fruits and banana bread. Has that really nice Belgian profile that so many other beers try to duplicate. Alcohol is well hidden, and only appears very slightly in the finish. This is good, I could drink this all the time!
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Pours a dark chocolate amber, not hazy with a thick dirt-colored head. Aroma is very clean, notes of nuts (almond and hazelnut), some vanilla and hints of caramel/candi sugar. Flavor is very nutty with earthy notes mixed with raisin and vanilla. Definite notes of candi sugar however it is more of an accent than taking over the flavor. subtle notes of orange zest. Body is creamy yet mixed with high carbonation. A very great, well-balanced winter ale. Linnet (1935) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2009
Ruby colour, dirty tan head, lacing.
Aroma is sweet and malty with a nice dept to it, raisins, honey, jam, oranges? and marmalade.
Flavour is full of dark fruit and again oranges? ABV is dangerously well hidden and with a nice but weak bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is average.
This is good but not exceptional. gunnar (9921) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2009
Bottle @ Cardinal. Pours reddish with a small off-white head. Slightly sour aroma, dried fruit and caramel. Taste is sweet malty esters, fruit, berries, caramel and some yeast. Weak alcohol warmth at the end. Full bodied and a good one.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2009
750ml shared... Pours a deep amber with an average tan head that fades... very pleasant aroma filled spices, apples, raisins, candi sugar and Belgian yeast... light to medium body with more of the same... smooth and pleasing finish... there is a nice holiday sweetness... great. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2009
On tap at Zeno’s Pub - State College, PA. Pours a copper red-amber-brown, with a slick of white. Warm ginger and honey aroma, filled with aromatic yeast and alcohol. The flavor is rich and nuanced. More orange blossom honey, fresh out of the oven vanilla cake, and snappy ginger. Spicy and vibrant. Finishes on some almond paste. Very very soft and smooth.