jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Isaac Newton’s. Very strong bubblegummy aroma with a slight yeast hints. Orange look with thin head. Good flavor but it was very spicy, enough to where I couldn’t tell the difference. Not as balanced as I wouold have thought.
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 This is my 1000th beer and I was really excited about trying a really special beer. Sadly that is going to have to wait. This beer is by no means bad just disappointing for a special Christmas beer. The aroma has citrus, raisins, caramel, and yeast. The flavor is bitter and citrus like with raisins and what seems like tap water. The palate is also watery. I am glad I tried this but I won’t be getting it again.
Palidor19 (3176) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not quite what I was hoping for. The taste is very lively on the tounge, mild taste of spices and citrus flavors are apparent in this beer. Fine a for a big Christmas dinner
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very dark brown color with an average head that was mostly lasting. Aroma was very malty with notes of roast, caramel, rye bread, grain. Dry fruit, Christmas spice and some hops can also be detected. Warm mouth feel where evidence from the alcohol which is always the case with St. Feuillien. The palate had medium body with a light creamy texture and fizzy carbonation. Moderated sweet-bitter flavor. Finish starts off sweet and ends slightly bitter. This is defiantly a drinkable Christmas beer.
DruncanVeasey (8063) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2009 Caramac/mahogany. A nose that makes me long for Belgium. Strange, unameable, medicinally herbal, sharply yeasty. Clove, coriander, vanilla, apple, cinnamon. SPICY. Not to mention the honey and gooseberry. Just reeling ingredients off the top of my head, really. But it’s all in there. Definitely getting some Orval, but I always say that. Spicy, balanced, one to revisit (848417)...
(Revisit) Aroma of high alcohols over bubblegum, plum, distant loafy malt and wholemeal. 7. Harsh and warming with heavy liquorice- accented spicing. Too hot and dropping out of my top 50 shortly.
Whorst (15) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - DEC 17, 2006
1.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Tastes like bad extract homebrew brewed with a dry yeast. Sorry, love Belgians, but this is crap.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark red/brown. perhaps opaque. great dense head. raisin aroma. smells like some hot indian spice. metallic taste, but that goes away. not my cup of tea.
beastiefan2k (3748) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2009 Just picked up a stamped 2002 bottle yesterday. A nice little treat, about 4 years old. Pours brown with amber tints, murky, small head. Aroma is very present, the malt has really taken on an English biscuit aroma with almost a barleywine like pruniness. Taste is showing some age with a bit of oxidation, some biscuit. Also some alcohol in the flavor, has an old ale feel to it now. Feel some alcohol burn in the end. Lots of floaties of course. Nice beer, lasted well but seemingly on its way down.
A fresher bottle, best before 0830157, I am going to guess that best before late 2008, so probably about 2 years old. Still very vibrant, nowhere near the aged feel of the other brew. Its very Belgian-y black bread, raisin, and some pretty strong spiciness but I feel like it isn’t from the yeast. 8/4/8/8/3/16. Final score is come combination of these 2 ratings.
anders37 (24814) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber colour with an off-white head. Sweet malty spicy, yeasty aroma. Whith some hints of dark fruits. Sweet malty spicy flavor hints of yeast and dark fruits. Warming sweet malty fruity finish.
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this beer at a bevmo tasting in Laguna Niguel, California. It pours a medium brown color and had the aroma and flavor of dried fruit (raisins?)along w/ some caramel notes in its taste. It’s a very nice sipping beer.