MadsR1977 (3) - DENMARK - MAR 27, 2006 does not count
A oasis in the jungle of too sweet and tasteless christmas brews. An absolute favourite. Note: Tastes great in January as well ! Christian (13809) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 2005: Hazy brown beer. Hoppy aroma with some grapefruit. Light malty flavour with a distinct bitter finish.
2006: Score unchanged, it is that good. I notice more coriander taste, but that might just be my tastebuds that evolved.
2007: Still great, still filled with coriander.
2006, tasted 2007. Makes my nose very happy. After a year it’s still got the IPA feel, and I love it! And I love it! And I do LOVE it! fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 2007-11-01, Cask Conditioned at Ølbaren, Copenagen, 8-5-9-5-17=44Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - NOV 4, 2007
Cloudy red amber color; persistent thin head. The aroma of the cask version mixes the caramel and hops to a new toffee component, fudge. The natural temperature allows to appreciate the true flavor, good malt-fudge-toffeen sweet but not too much, with fruity and resiny hops. Excellent!
2007-11-01, draught at Lord Nelson, Copenhagen, 7-4-8-5-16=40
Cloudy red amber color; thin creamy head. Good aroma, with malt, hops and bitter oranges. Good body strength, very good malt flavor, sweet, with caramel, balanced in an elegant way by a quite powerful and well aromatic hopping, bringing in very good fruits (ripe grapefruit over all) and some subtle resins. The final too is balanced, quite strong and long. Very good.
2006-01-30, bottle, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Cloudy dark amber color; compact head. Pleasant malt and hop aroma, even more evident in the taste; the mouthfeel is thick, almost oily; the maltiness is strong, with a lot of caramel and good hopping, both for the quantity and the quality. Very good.
<draught at Ølbaren>
Very different from the other christmasbrews i had that night, but still definetly a christmasbeer. Very hobby nose, combined with coriander and some sweet wheaty notes. Flavor is quite fresh and not as heavy as other christmas beers, but very intense still. The dominating hob aroma isnt as dominating in the flavor, but backed up by fruity sweetness, minor roasted malt notes and spiced coriander. Lucky for me, i didnt detect any cinnamon :) BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Bottle and served in my NB Worthy glass: Beautiful mahogany hue with a lasting frothy off-white head which left very good lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of juicy but faded citric American hops, moderate clove, pepper and coriander, rich classic malts and hint of cane sugar. The taste starts with a blend of sweet heavy malts and twangy dark fruits. The spice additions were just spot on, accented the malt versus hop interplay perfectly. There are constant nuances and depth rarely found within this often over hopped or over boozy "style". BRAVO! Utterly brilliant and now a must have for the upcoming holiday season. Jule Ale in August, who knew? I wanna lick every drop out of the bottle.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2010
THOUGHTS: Spices and hops — an odd combination. Nice, but I didn’t know how well the two flavors went together. I thought it would have been better if they focused on one or the other. But, it grew on me. It could probably hidden the alcohol a little better, but I’ll forgive that on a cold night like the one I tried it during.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark, orangey, brown with tons of orangey, red highlights in the light. It also had an average, off-white head that mostly diminished but left excellent lacing. The aroma was moderate caramel malt; hints of chocolate; moderate to heavy pine, resin and grapefruit hops; alcohol, and ever so slight Band-aid. The initial flavor was sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was rather sweet, bitter and a little acidic with a long duration. There was caramel and chocolate malt, spiced, cinnamon and then citrus and pine hops, a little alcohol, cardamom, a little pepper, alcohol, hints of coffee and brown sugar. As much as I didn’t like the idea of the spices and hops at first, I must admit the flavors were very well balanced. The medium to full body leaned toward full and was sort of creamy with fizzy carbonation and a light to moderately alcoholic finish. MPA (999) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle (from the november 2005 RB-tasting at Dixens place - notes have been damaged by flooding of my basement, but this was such an insane tasting for me as I was new to such massive tastings, so I gave up on the detailed notes quite early). Delicious, hoppy aroma of flowers. Hoppy and bitter flavour. Nice! madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2005
Draught @ Fynske Øldage: Dark amber coloured. Murky. Dense light brown head. Sweet, spiced, herbal, light hoppy and quite malty aroma. Flavour is smooth, malty, fruity flowery, light herbal. Quite full bodied. Has a smooth spiced bitterness in the end. Hope to see this on bottles, because I’de love to serve it for the traditional "Julefrokost". ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2005
Draught at Ølbaren. Served in goblet. Hazy brown. Nice, compact beige head. The aroma is nicely, darkly malty, spicy, and powerfully citrusy. The flavor is highly complex, boasting a full, quite dark malt backdrop for interesting Christmas spiciness and raging citrus hop attack. The finish is miles long. Full mouthfeel. Good drinkability. An interesting and brilliant beer that reminds me of Nøgne Ø Batch 100 because of the intriguing combo of dark, full maltiness and Columbus (so I’m told) hops. Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2007
Ølfestival Horsens 2006. Beautiful brown beer with a nice, golden head and a wonderful fruity, hoppy aroma. It has a nice bitterness and just enough caramel sweetness to balance it. It’s an aromatic and complex beer with a perfect hop choice. 1666