andersand (531) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2009
Dark brown with a huge off-white head. Aroma is very sweet malty with light esters. Flavour is sweet and malty with notes of caramell, nuts, sweet fruit and bright esters. Very drinkable for the abv but a bit too one-dimensional and sweet. FROTHINGSLOSH (8267) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s in State College PA this beer poured a hazy dark brown with a small tan head that faded quickly. The aroma was light nutty, caramel and had a touch of ripe fruits. The flavor is tartish, bitter and had light notes of candied, ginger and faint caramel. The finish was medium length and the there was medium body. Decent. sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Tap->fluted water glass: pours a thin white head that exhibits fair lacing atop a cloudy, dark amber body. Not much aroma. Spicy flavor, thin body, and a semi-bitter aftertaste. Drinkable, uncloying, but at the price of not being too unique. andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2009
mahogany in appearance, frothy head, typical of the belgians. nose is at first whiff - pure pumpkin spice, follows with nutmeg and a creamy curry powder. interesting for sure - worth a good nosing. Taste makes me think of a subtly yeasty, mildly hoppy, spices-dumped-into-the-brew attempt. Lucklily, this is not overkill, simply an original winter warmer. subtle allspice, with tons of spices and holiday scents rightfully reminiscent of a BSA/Spice ale. This needs a dessert, i.e. pumpkin pie. or something similar. Yay! - unification of food and beer is present. rock on, chouffe! ClubGonzo (5683) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2009
Opens with a light "happy-to-see-you"-gush, just little enough to save almost everything into the glass. Pours a bubbly, foamy, off-brown murk into my trappist glass, leaving me curious towards its potential. My doubts are soon washed away by the delicious Belgian brown sugary notes, washing around in my mouth like waves on the shores of the Baltic sea. A distinct malty caramel flavor backed up by raisins and plums add to the feast; this is a very good beer. Points off, however, for not exactly being a Christmas brew - it’s much too similar to other, all-year-non-seasonal Belgian Strong Ales to deserve any such special attention, despite its cute Xmas label. Nevertheless, I’ll be drinking this again before Xmas! :-)
Nisse666 (8153) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2009 Bottle 2009 edition, christmas beer tasting 2009-11-27
have to add the curaco, that was there this year
Rating date: 2008-12-30!
Color: amber, fudge shiny head.
Aroma: Yeast of dark source
Flavor: Sweet and nice, heavy hops and bitterness
Getting better and better - this one you don’t whant to share - alchole level probebly have to do with this!t
Last in bottle in Karlskoga (picked it up from the display window :-))
(Had my first one 2002!)
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2009
2003 vintage bottle thanks to bleeng. Pours a cloudy, muddy brown with small white bubbles in lieu of head. Nose is of spices, raisin and cardboard. taste is of spices and raisin. this one was a gusher with way too much carbonation. Let it warm up too much. Jonte (1496) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle (about one year old). Beautiful reddish colour with an off white head. Aroma: sweet malt, caramel, big fruitiness, berries, pears. Flavor: sweet, malty & estery, fruit, berries, caramel, yeast, lightly fenolic, light alcohol. Nice! Rosebud butternuts (2398) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2009
bottle thanks to bleeng. poured hazy amber with an off white head. aroma of raisin, sandy beach, and cherry. flavor was raisin, licorice, and very tart. had some oxidation to it. Cavie (4874) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2009
2003 bottle courtesy of bleeng. Lots and lots of chunks of sediment in this. Smell is lots of wood. Some sandy smells. Taste is sort of caramelized but has dry sweet malts that fill in on the finish. I wonder if this is too old. Not bad though.