GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Poured a hazy, deep, raspberry preserve ruby with a non-lasting, temporary head. Aroma is all acetone and nail polisher
remover. Taste is boozy and seems like I just had ocean water go up
my nose. Some ginger in the body along with tons of cinnamon and alcohol. Massive booziness. Numbing mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel but no head. (?) Brewing flaws abound. Travlr (25828) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2010
750 ml bottle shared with Bryan, Dan and staff at Brasserie Beck. Decent copy of a Belgian Christmas ale, with nice spice and some sweetness. Can’t complain. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
The beer pours a deep red color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and caramel malt, along with some Belgian yeast, brown sugar and cinnamon. The flavor is heavier on the spicing than the aroma. I get cinnamon and cloves, as well as some brown sugar, caramel malt, yeast, dark cherries and a little bit of alcohol. Still, the alcohol is fairly well hidden for a 10 percent ABV beer. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation. craiginseattle (7) - Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2010 does not count
Very nice spicy nose. Christmas in a glass. Starts with coriander and orange spice. Medium malty body. Finishes with a alcohol burn which diminishes from overall experience. A nice, but not great winter warmer. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2010
draft @ redlight redlight. Sweet and spicy on the nose, caramel malts with hints of peppery spices. Pours caramel amber with a thin white head. Smooth and caramelly malts with sweet citrus notes and white pepper with hints of cinnamon. Very nice holiday beer.
brigg (704) - New York, USA - DEC 16, 2010
(bottle) A small beige head atop a dark body with red highlights. The nose is of ripe fruit, some orange peel, yeast, with coriander and cardamom; overall mildly sweet with notes of alcohol. The spices are immediately and shockingly strong in the taste. I was surprised at how clear the spices come through in the taste, but I do like it. It’s also very fruity--dark ripe fruit and citrus. The body is medium-full. Alcohol is evident and nicely warming for the winter. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Tap @ Toronado SD. Pours a murky dark auburn with a thin-moderate off-white head that fades away by the second sip and leave scant lace. Pleasant aroma of malt, caramel, plums and Belgian yeast. I’m not getting all that much spice in the nose. The flavor is filled with rich malt, sweet caramel, plums, traditional Christmas spices, and Belgian yeast. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Tasted from a corked and caged 750mL bottle. Pours cloudy amber with a thick beige head that leaves an even blanket of lace. The nose is fruity and spicy Belgian yeast with some brown sugar and dried fruit sweetness. The flavor is cinnamon and allspice up front, moving to brown sugar and raisin. The body is medium with very full and lively carbonation and a long brown sugar and spiced raisin finish. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Bottle purchased at the Olive Tree Market in OB. Very nice aroma of spice, some clove, vanilla. tennisjoel (1484) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Strong scents of anise, candy sugar, spice and a small hop note. Flavor is again high on spices. Tone the spices down a bit and I’d like this more. As it is, a decent sipper, but better can be found.