GregClow (3366) - Toronto, Ontario, - DEC 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the LCBO, fittingly enjoyed as a nightcap on Christmas Eve. Poured very carefully (i.e. leaving the sludgy sediment in the bottle), it has a lovely clear mahogany-copper body with a small beige head. Aroma makes it pretty obvious that it’s a spiced beer - ginger, cinnamon, clove and more - and the supporting notes of cocoa, molasses and dried dark fruit from the malt give the whole thing a great "Christmas pudding in a glass" vibe. The flavour isn’t quite as deep and complex as the aroma suggests, mainly due to the fact that the spice comes on a bit too strong, developing a slightly harsh edge that takes away from the sweet dark cake notes of the malt base. The finish is quite nice, though, as things dry out with hints of licorice and spruce. A great holiday treat, but not something suited for every day drinking.
Manslow (1517) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 27, 2017
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Butelka 500ml. Kolor ciemny, nieprzejrzysty, piana szybko opada ale zostawia ślady na szkle, ładne ślady. Aromat piernikowy, świąteczny, trochę czekolady. W smaku słodko-wytrawne ,korzenne. Głównymi atutami tego piwa są aromat i wygląd, bardzo dobre.
Sbstuba (23) - Trondheim, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2017
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Veldig fyldig, veldig smaksrik, veldig julete, ganske underlig og veldig, veldig god. Godteri på flaske.
bartlebier (3815) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2017
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl brygget 10/14, bb11/2017 Courtesy of ? palme/idiosynkrasie? - i forget... Merci anyways! - "Brobygger mellom øl og gløgg" - albeit a heavily spiced gløgg: massive cardamom in aroma, oddly overpowering and lushly contoured by clove and cinnamon. Reminds me of mace-laced (maced?) German Spekulatius as opposed to cassonade-forward Belgian speculoos. Matured nicely into a drinkable 6,5% warmer with a silky UK malt mouthfeel. Spices remain aromatic as in a tajine served in a Norwegian sauna where someone is trying to enjoy his Fuller’s Winter ale. Well done, but these spices are not really my thing. - - Instead of Norwegian Xmas cookies or cream–cheese smeared spekuloos, pairs also well with: Min Kamp 3, the disappointing New Year’s firework scenes.
Evilkniamhel (834) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2017
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Pours cloudy brown with a frothy cream head. Nose of sour cherries, ginger, cloves, toast, super spicy. Taste is treacle, cinnamon, more cloves, roasted malts.
mikeyo1 (792) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle @ home, aged five years in the cellar and still nice. Large frothy head. Spicy glüh-like taste and aroma with cardamon, ginger, herbs, caramel, licorice slight chocolate.
sir__v (2571) - FRANCE - DEC 26, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: deep dark brown beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: spicy domination with roasted malt balance. Nose with cardamon, and some Fernet notes. Very intensive. Taste: medium body with good roasted malt backbone, taste as a Fernet with huge spicy explosion, mint notes. Definitely not my style. Too much as a Fernet. Aftertaste: spicy and mint. Caramel hint.
lmojoh (673) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Luke 23 adventskalender 2016. Flaske fra Vinmonopolet Jekta. Aroma nellik, gløgg, krydder. Utseende mørk brun med beige skum. Smak gløgg, humle, krydder, litt alkoholsmak. Bitterhet i ettersmaken. En veldig god øl med mye julestemning.
LLaurin (436) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very different beer and peculiar. Nose is rich in herbs and notes of wine and glögg. Colour dark brown with red notes. Taste is also more wine and herbs than classic beer. Palate is dry and with some hoppiness. Really enjoyable but different.
DerGantzel (410) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of Christmas herbs and roasty chocolate malt. Brown hazy appearance. Medium-high sweetness and light-medium bitterness. Soft carbonation. Better than expected.
DraftDodger (1350) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copenhagen 14/12 2016. 50 cl bottle from Meny. Purple "Ø" with a couple of snowflakes to underline that this is a Christmas Seasonal. Can read on the back that this is a date between Beer and Gløgg which sounds pretty ominous. Pours murky brown with small yellow head. Aroma is heavy sweet and reminds me of Gløgg. Raisins, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and sweet wine. Soft carbonation and slightly thick palate. Flavor is heavy sweet and sugary with a light spicy bitterness. Aftertaste is spicy and kind of weird. Too much Gløgg and too little beer for me. But it is certaoinly "Peculiar".