Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2007
750 ml bottle of unknown age (probably about 3-4 years old). Pours borwn with a thin tan head. Smells of sweet fruit, caramel, sugar, molasses, some breaddy hints. Tastes nutty with some spicy elements and lots of sweet malt character. Mouthfeel is full bodied. Finish is of cinnamon and touches of nuts. A pretty solid example of a Belgian Christmas beer. malrubius (3090) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 3, 2007
11.2 ounce bottle in pint glass. Deep dark reddish brown with lasting light brown head and lace. Earthy doughy aroma with some fruitiness. Pleasant fruity flavor similar to their brune but maybe with a little added spice. Medium body and medium-low carbo. Very nice but not outstanding. My first winter Belgian of the year; maybe I’ll adjust this rating later after a few more. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
25.4 oz bottle, 5/05 on the cork. Foggy amber brown with a thin beige head. Woody caramel with hints of ginger and nutmeg. Medium light with a tingle. Toffee apple, yeast and cinnamon. Finishes with bitter dried apricot and an earthy drying. A nice spicy holiday brew. Refreshing, a bit sticky, but not cloying. EHSRanders (2102) - Tjele, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2007
Bottle. Murky brown colour with medium creamy off-white mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt and caramel. Sweet spicy flavor. Bitter finish. oily palate. FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 31, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Keg (Poirotti Eira, Helsinki)
Rich ruby red. Thin light persistent head. Initially a cnadifloss sweet aroma with a sharp mint component, and a slight hint of banana too. Soft lightly carbonated, feels lovely in the mouth. Sweet malty body. Finally it clicks! The aroma has caroway in it, it’s almost like some aquavits. Classic strong Belgian beer.
Rerate of (6-4-8-4-13=3.4)
330ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Winter Ales 2004)
Distinctly belgian. Brown, with a fluffy head. Flowery but rich malty aroma. Brown (brun) malty taste.
uhre (384) - DENMARK - OCT 28, 2007
It has a malty aroma with burned tones of fruit. The flavor is of caramel, malt, figs and prunes. Although not as complex as you would expect, from a Belgian christmas brew. Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Good sipping beer! Chewy. Cake-like qualities. Rich, creamy, spicy, and not too sweet. Dark and full of sediment too: fun to drink at a fireside or not. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Cuvee de NoelEthereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Source: Brick Store Pub
clear ruby red, big beige head, touch of lace, light fruity aroma, big spicy malt flavor with hints of cinamon and nutmeg, light bitter finish from the spices, settles down to be a creamy sweet and spicy beer with caramel sweetness on top of the spices,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
On tap at the White Horse, Parson’s Green, 28th Jan 2007. Clear reddish amber with a little line of head. Amazing aroma of whisky and citrus when freshly poured. The taste delivers - balanced malt and hops underscore a plethora of spices, fruits, orange peel, grain and a touch of honey. The palate is smooth and reasonably light, with the warmth of the alcohol gently coming through. This is a delicious beer to savour. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Bottle: Pours a deep copper color with a light tan head. Aroma, spices, malty, caramel. Flavor, sweet malts, some spices, bready, with some fruity notes as well. Not bad.