BlackHaddock (7232) - Shropshire, - MAY 1, 2012Beamer (45) - - JUN 11, 2017
April 2009: Brown 33cl bottle, best before Oct 09, it had been hanging around in my stash for a couple of years and I decided its time had come!
I knew it could produce a stupidly large head, so I used my equally large ’Judas’ glass to review it in.
Because the glass could take it, the beer looked fantastic. The body was a dark ruby colour, but clear when held to the light. On top sat a wonderfully full off-white, slightly tanned head. At the end of the review there was still a full covering of head, thinner but still a full covering, with heavy lacing down the glass.
The smell is toffee apple with malted biscuits, cinnamon and liquorice, I’ll let you decide which is the strongest when you try the beer.
A hidden sweetness comes through in the taste, not the sickly over-sweet flavour some Belgian Christmas beers have, but never-the-less, it has a sweet side to it. For me the liquorice is the dominant feature of the taste, this gives the beer a dryness that the first sweet impression doesn’t even hint at. Other Christmas type spices arrive as the beer warms (chives?), very moorish!
Rich but not creamy (the liquorice sees to that), the flavours do hang around and the 9% was more and more evident as the review progressed.
For the last two years I’ve been to the ’Belgian Christmas Beer Festival’ in Essen. I like to think I know a bit about this type of beer and this one is worth getting hold of.
Erg lekker winterbier, kruidig en stevig van smaak. Mooie donkere kleur en schuimkraag.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone puren (1071) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - APR 13, 2017
klarowne, brązowo-rubinowe, obfita żółtawa piana opada do trwałej milimetrowej warstwy, nie oblepia szkła;Ritzn (1311) - GERMANY - MAR 12, 2017
słodki, kandyzowane owoce, przejrzałe brzoskwinie, syrop klonowy, pumpernikiel, rodzynki, rum;
ciało średnie, wysoko nasycone, lekko puszyste, ale też szczypiące w język, troszkę wykleja podniebienie, alkohol subtelnie rozgrzewa przełyk;
mleczna czekolada, metal, syrop klonowy, niska drewniana goryczka;
bardzo pijalne, mimo słodyczy i dużej zawartości alkoholu; ma świetny zapach przywodzący na myśl barley wine, smak psuje silna metaliczność.
Murky brown with medium brown head. Aroma is christmas spices, raisins, quince, figs, slightly burnt caramel, phenols, quadrupel stuff. Taste is intense bitter phenols and spicy yeasty stuff, some fig sweetness. The late bitter stuff ruins it a bit. Wild yeasts gone wild here. madnorwegian (222) - FRANCE - MAR 12, 2017
Best Xmas beer I’ve ever had. Not one of those syrupy sugar bombs like most xmas brews. This beer has class. Beautiful spiced mulled aromas that are truely unique: clove, ginger, dates but also candied citrus. Great stuff vinivini (2229) - Gomel, BELARUS - MAR 9, 2017
Hazy mahogany brown, big ivory head. Stays. Licorice, caramel, toffee, spicy yeast, dried fruit on aroma. Medium body. Spicy taste. Rich malts. Caramel and toffee. Dried fruit. Low bitterness. Well done.
lello4ever (967) - ITALY - FEB 27, 2017
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2017 Ambra rossastra, Sottile schiuma beige. Al naso caramello, zucchero candito, spezie. Molto. Dolce al palato con dark fruits, eccellente strong Ale speziata, ben alcolica e frizzante. SeniorZozo (1841) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 20, 2017
@ Budapest, Csakajosor // Pours dark red amber with rich head in of white. Taste is also fruity with yeast and light sour. Palate is rather short but sharp with even some bitterness. john44 (3062) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle. Amber Brown. Sweet & aromatic, tangy, fruity (oranges & dark fruits) & spicy Christmas ale. Aromatic herbs & spices. Caramel malty & vanilla. Low bitterness. Warming alcohol. Fruity spicy caramel malty dryish finish. (2008)
murran (638) - - FEB 4, 2017
Pours a redish brown body with a large beige head. Aroma of sweets and dried fruits. Taste is rich of malty flavours but foremost raisins. Very nice and well balanced. caribou43 (989) - Lausanne/Sevilla/Lima, SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2017
I bought this bottle at amstein and I drank it in family yesterday in Lausanne. In my opinion, it is a pleasant beer. The color is brown and orange, brown and white foam. The carbonation is average. The taste is sweet, malty, bready, good notes of apricot candy sugar, some hop. For a Christmas edition, there is maybe a lack of ginger bread, good one.