Beer5000 (6327) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Copper red body with a dense white head. Aroma is dominated by a warming alcohol feeling together with candy sugar. Also some hint of fruit in the background here. Flavor is sweet malt, candy sugar, citrus and herbs. A full bodied beer with a complex taste of Christmas.
jonno (2687) - JAPAN - JAN 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A joyful surprise. Looks great and has a great chocolaty sugary taste, without being too overpowering
SSSteve (4006) - - JAN 14, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
murky orange/red/brown with a small tan head. fruity, medicinal aroma. flavors of cherry,plum, mint and spices. i don’t see what big deal is with this.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
As soon as I popped the cork on the 750 ml bottle, I could smell this wonderful caramel malt aroma. Further inspection led to a sweet yeasty bread and some brown sugar. The beer is the red/brown color of strong tea, slightly hazed, and topped by an impressive head of creamy tan foam. Good head retention and lacing.
One delicious brew - with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and fig. There is a hop bitterness for balance that is not detected in the flavor until the finish - where it is a bit spicy with a mild citrus character. Toffee, black tea, leather, spice, bread dough, and alcohol linger in the aftertaste.
Medium to full body, with gentle but very full carbonation.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cola-like with a hazy, burgandy color; head is somewhat small, fizzy, and pale tan in color woth minimal nice lacing and a small head that sticks around, creamy-like. Intriguing nose, cola, rum soaked prune, sweet caramel, very bread like qualities, and a zesty fruit note that I can’t put a finger on. Flavor is like the nose would have suggested; still cola-like, very toasted bread, almost nutty, prune still there, light brown sugar, and the zest (I’ve seen coriander in other notes, that could be what I am tasting?). Palate is lively, medium-full, round and a little oily. Finish is unexpected, drying out and lingering with burnt bread and anise; mild bitterness is also noted. Nice winter Belgian, very palatable and nice to enjoy the whole bottle, without a struggle. Not something I would want all the tiime but certainly worthy of a try for the Christmas season.
pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Red-brown colour, nice well lasting head. Sweet caramel and some roasted malts in the aroma. Good caramellic and malty flavour with some alcohol. Bit creamy. Tasty beer!
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Chestnut coloured with a thick beige head. Very pleasant and unsual fruity aroma, something of rootbeer smell about it, but in a good way. Smooth and softly carbonated and quite light bodied. taste of caramel and spices, malts and dark fruits. Some warming alcohol in the finish. Nice.
faroeviking (10683) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Red-brown colour, nice well lasting head. Sweet caramel and some roasted malts in the aroma. Good caramellic and malty flavour with some alcohol. Bit creamy. A really tasty Christmas brew!
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl 2005 bottle – Orange brown body, huge beige head; Soft pleasant aromas, fruity and malty, balanced; Very soft big carbonation, soft texture, a little thin, very well balanced, lacks a bit of depth; Medium long finish, caramel malt aromas. Not the best Belgium beer I have had.
chicagobears (467) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Dark ruby with a tan head. Strong aroma of herbs and spices. Full of ripe dark fruits, licorice, raisin bread, spicy. Balanced and complex. The alcohol is warming and flavor is explosive. Wonderful seasonal ale.