RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Pours a tannish garnet with a creamy off-white head, lasting a while. Aroma offers quite a bit, from caramel, molasses, brown suga, cinnemonr and yams, to pears, raisins, grapes, a slight bit of rotten fruit and alcohol. Interesting, and it keeps the lesser elements in check. Tastes of a sort of drier brown sugar and caramel malt, bread crust, raisin, honey, and a bit of that pear/grape/slightly rotten fruit flavor. Finishes pretty warming with a cinnemon drying sensation, bitter dessert bread, and a cloying sensation that’s out of place for something not overly sweet. For the moderate strength of the flavors, the carbonation is way too high and makes it seem weaker than it should. Still, this beer’s worth trying, especially for the pleasant malt flavors and aromas. Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Draft. Rich amber color with yeasty holiday spice aroma. Tan head. Fruity and smooth with mild sweetness coming through at the finish. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
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. TomHendriksen (1018) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2017
Fles gedeeld met Inoven, BartvG en JoepvW. Het is een donker bruin bier. Het heeft een gebrande kruidige smaak. jmm635 (1017) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Pours brown with a reddish hue. Head was slightly off-white and creamy. Aromas of sweet malts, spices, and a small amount of yeast and cherry fruityness. Flavor is mostly malts and yeast, but there’s some sweetness there.
mauritsio (1014) - FINLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle from Alko. Brown with xxl head. Dark berries with some alcohol. Lasting bitterness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Jyrsa (1013) - - DEC 25, 2017
Bottle from Alko. Dark ruby with strong nature white head. Cherries, other red berries, a hint of tartness. Tart with hay malt, red berries. Thick, sticky, slightly sour. A nice christmassy belgian. vickey9 (1000) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012Scrumpy369 (986) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 13, 2016
Dark, with a large, foamy head. Spicy, yeasty and malty nose. Fairly smooth. Medium to full bodied, oily texture, fizzy. Rich palate with overhelming chicory and coffee mouth. Bitter finish. [email protected]
Bottle at hopaholic. Deep copper, almost brown colour small white head. Nose is anise and karamom. Taste is medium sweetness, strong kardamom. A little bit too much for me. Nice otherwise. Hanoi (982) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle 2012: Nose is cloves, some bead, touch of mint, slight over ripe grapes. Taste is sweet and ripe, cherry, strong aniseed, some soft fruits from the yeast leading to spice and a deep alcohol warmth and candy sugar.
Mouthfeel is full. This is a perfect example of a Christmas ale in taste and texture. Very nice. (Why am I drinking it in June though....)