Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2001
Firm, yeasty-malty palate. Faintest hint of apples & cinnamon. Lacks development of malt character. chrisv10 (17271) - DENMARK - NOV 9, 2010
Tap @ Ris Ras. Murky brown with medium tan head. Flavour is malt, caramel, dark fruit, sweet, roasted malts and spices. mcberko (17178) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
750mL bottle, split 5 ways, pours a hazy orangey brown with a medium beige head. Aroma of candied sugar, licorice, mint and nutmeg. Flavour of X-mas spices (including nutmeg), licorice, slight mint and caramel malt - quite muted though. Medium carbonation with a flavour profile that dies quickly. Decent, but nothing special. yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2007
Bottled, 75cl champagne cork. An unclear, reddish brown beer with a tan head. Nice roasted aroma with some caramel. The roastiness is a bit toned down in the flavor, and there’s also some sugar and cellar, as well as caramel. Fullbodied, sweet mouthfeel and a nice, sweet and spiced finish. Nice one. (061229) brokensail (16432) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown color with a surprisingly thin yet creamy off-white head.
S: Lots of banana esters to the nose along with raisins and plums. Plenty of nice caramel and brown sugar aromas to provide sweetness and just a subtle all-spice note.
T: Starts off with sweet brown sugar and caramel, and clove coming through after that. A fair amount of banana and raisins, perhaps a bit of cherries. A bit more alcohol presence that I had expected.
M: The body is medium to full with a pretty high carbonation that is typical for this style.
D: Not quite as good as some of the other Belgian Christmas beers, but this one was still pretty good. Would have this again.
Dedollewaitor (16055) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
1,5 liter bottle: Dark amber with fine creamy head. Sweet malty & spicy notes. Ok filling body. Lively carbonated almost sparkling. Soft & smooth texture. Lasting spicy bitter finish. Very enjoyable on a cold night! FatPhil (15961) - 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. MiP (15650) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2004
Bottle. Dark chestnut colour. Big creamy head. Malty, sweet aroma. Malty, sweet, spicy and peppery flavour. Benzai (15433) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle at Cafe buitenlust, Oirschot. Don’t really like the smell but the taste is fine. Hazy dark brown color. Medium body, decent carbo. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
Bottle at home. Dark brown - white head. A lot of dried dark fruits (Raisins, prunes), nice hopped, sweet malty, licorice, cherry, spicy.