BlackHaddock (6550) - Shropshire, - MAY 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Cybion (140) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 330 ml. Pours clear dark red with a substantial amount of soapy off-white head that settles down quickly. Moderate amount of visible carb, medium bubbles, thick lacing. Sweet, fruity, confectionery-esque aroma with lots of orange, brown sugar, rich caramel, some berries (though no tartness), hint of dark fruit and spices - bit of clove and coriander. Bit of a cakey undertone and slightly buttery. Taste is moderately sweet with fruit (orange, some lemon, slightly sharp), sugar and yeasty spice up front followed up by dark fruit and cakey, bready, moderately bitter malts for the finish, which is quite abrupt and dry. Lingering mild bitter aftertaste. Body is full, texture is thick and smooth, carbonation is moderate, leaving a bit of a tingle.
sharkydodson (1242) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - DEC 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
the aroma is caramel and spicy with hints of raisin, honey, milk chocolate, dark fruits, candy and bisquit... the taste is caramel and fruity with notes of plum, brown sugar, red wine, raisin, licorice, candy and berries... sweet, spicy and dry aftertaste...
Fules (908) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - DEC 2, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nagy, tartós hab, barna szín. Karamelles, medvecukros illat. Édeskés, karamelles ízek, enyhe medvecukros aromával. Testes, erősen szénsavas, enyhén keserű. Szokatlan ízvilág az édesgyökértől, de meglepően kellemes.
inbirraveritas (1526) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 33 cl.
Opal reddish brown colour, bigger sized creamy beige head with average duration.
Aroma brings caramel, citrusses, yeast, bread... taste is a combo of candies and tart fruits, mouthfeel is slick to syrupy.
Warming finish with toast and citrus fruits.
patricks110 (2456) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delightful but a little short of brilliant for me. Pours a bubbly, fizzy dark burgundy with a light beige head that fizzles away shortly. Nice prune and raisin notes with a pinch of spice and light floral notes. Mild alcohol presence and a bit of lingering Belgian prune notes. Nice full body, moderate carb. Nice brew overall!
Mr_Pink_152 (4044) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Hopology Nottingham. Rich reddish Amber colour. Aroma sweet fruity yet bitter citrus, yeast. Taste complex bitter sweet fruity and slight sour. Nice.
BBHansen (772) - Křge, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Hugos w friends/Don, Puddel etc. Appearance: pours clear brown with ok beige creamy head and lacing. aroma/taste: brown sugar, caramel, spices and a range of berry and fruity notes(green strawberries?). palette: strong yeasty and malty aroma, average carbonation, medium to full body, average to notable sweetness, somewhat balanced by a medium bitterness, average to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: very good Christmas beer
fajry (1679) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 6, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fľaša, Brusel v Poechenelleklder. Hnedá farba, hnedá pena. Vôňa sladká, jemne pikantná. Chuť sladká, ostrá na jazyku, káva, kakao a čokoláda. Pre mňa príliš sladké a vodové zároveň.
Cuso (7979) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Le Poechenellekelder, Dark chestnut color with off-white head. Aroma of candied orange zest, candies, coffee. Taste, chocolate, candied fruit, coffee. Good.
MisoW (3359) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 6, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in Brussels at Poechenelleklder. Pours brown color, lightly beige head. 1000th rating of this beer :). Aroma of chocolate, some spices, cocoa. Taste is sweet, raisins, chocolate, cocoa.