maximalist (31) - Milano, ITALY - NOV 20, 2017 BlackHaddock (7690) - 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.
I drank it in bottle and on tap and have to say that and I have to say that in bottle it's a good beer but on tap it's excellent , red color full body, with equilibrated caramel herbs and spices very fresh despite its 9% esp0r (2930) - NORWAY - NOV 18, 2017
Bottle. Dark, amber, tanned head. Smell of dried fruits, anise, clove, other spices, dark fruity malts. Heavy sweet, dark and dried fruits, some caramel, seasonal spices, anise. Moderate bitter finish. Good stuff Lilja (3489) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2017
Flaska delad med Samuel214, tack! Passerat bäst före-datum med tre månader. Kastanjebrun med ljusbeige krona. Aromen är torkad frukt, lakrits, mörkt socker, lite menthol, anis, banankaka. Något större kropp, fortfarande ganska bubblig. I smaken kolaremmar, mörkt socker, kola, malt, nästan lite nötiga inslag, mörk torkad frukt. Samuel214 (1470) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2017
Flaska delad med Lilja, tack! Passerat bäst före-datum med tre månader. Kastanjebrun med ljusbeige krona. Aromen är torkad frukt, lakrits, mörkt socker, lite menthol, anis, banankaka. Något större kropp, fortfarande ganska bubblig. I smaken kolaremmar, mörkt socker, kola, malt, nästan lite nötiga inslag, mörk torkad frukt. daje (4535) - NORWAY - NOV 6, 2017
Bottle at the Aaahhh...Øl!!! Julebord 2016. Mahogny body with a tanned head. Aroma of raisin, bread, cherries, nutmeg. Christmas spicy taste with caramel and floral notes. Strong toasted mild alcoholic finish wit a sweet red fruit presence. A nice beer.
Bill Becker (1806) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 21, 2017
First off, once the cage and cork were removed, the beer started a slow gush. Poured in to my glass, it kept on oozing from the bottle. Watch out for that. (pulled straight from the fridge)
It pours a murky rust colour, great head of foam (big surprise??), good lacing.
Smells of dark fruits, caramel malt, figs, light cardboard. (oxidation)
Caramel malt and dark fruits up front, figs, oxidation, candi sugar tastes. Must have been quite the brew a couple of years ago.
Medium body with not so high carbonation as I reckoned when I started this little adventure.
Overall, I find it very enjoyable. jacobarts (244) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2017
50 cl Bottle shared with Lena. Dark red color with tiny tanned head (Christmas appearance) Aroma, not that strong. Some bread, christmas spices, orange, cloves. Taste has more power than the aroma. Cloves, some other christmas spice, (cant remember) some alcohol. The aftertaste has some banana.
First christmas beer of the season
Lena would have given this around 3.8
nathanvc (712) - Brugge, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2017
At Café Botteltje, Ostend. Pours hazy dark brown with a diminishing, beige head. The aroma contains licorice, candi sugar, caramel, malt, yeast and spices. It tastes medium to heavy sweet, light spicy bitter and very light sour. Long, alcoholic finish. Full body, oily texture, fizzy carbonation. Delivers what you can expect from a classic Christmas ale, but delivers it well. Smithld1 (325) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2017
Bottle. Not bad stuff. Not great stuff. Not easy drinking. As you would expect from the style. Piepenhenrich (1230) - Steinbach, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2017
Had it from a 75cl bottle with cork. Well-crafted Strong Ale with nice, complex flavors, not only good for Christmas.