teddybeer (4256) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 6, 2018 BlackHaddock (7956) - Shropshire, - APR 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taken from the bottle into a tasting glass at the 16th Essen Christmas Beer festival 2010.
Honey brown in colour, they use Pilsner, light wheat and caramunich 120 malts according to the festival notes.
The smell was of fruits, spices and malt. Not suprising when you realise they add orange peel and grapes in the mash along with mint leaves and cardamom.
Unfiltered and unpasteurised the beer retains all those flavours mentioned above, add the three hop varieties from around Poperinge and you have one hell of a beer.
The flavours somehow blend into a fantastic tasting beer, each sip being slightly different from the last one. It is more of a ’barleywine’ than a anything else, but whatever style you choose to put it in, it is a wonderful drink.
33cl bottle. BBD: 16-11-2016. Batch: 2722090610mircoas (328) - ITALY - JAN 6, 2018
Brown color with a minimal light beige head with short retention. Aroma has notes of candy sugar, toasted malts, ripe fruit and molasses. Flavro is sweet, no cloying, good maltiness, caramelish and molasses notes. Warm final, no alcohol presence that is hidded by caramelish notes. One excelent beer brewed by Struise...
33cl @ bottle. Invecchiata un paio di anni in cantina. Niente da dire, ottima birra invernale per De Struise che difficilmente delude. Non la loro birra migliore, ma rimane una gran birra. Franckg (1918) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2017 Bouteille millésime 2015 nommée sous X-Mas Ale et bue après plus de 2 ans. Robe rouge-orangée légèrement trouble et surmontée d'un léger col de mousse blanchâtre et dense. Arômes de petits fruits séchés, malt fruité qui semble se faire vieux, caramel à l'orange, sucre d'orge en perte de vitesse, quelques épices à biscuit. En bouche, saveurs de fruits foncés confits, figues, malt caramélisé, vanille. C'est intéressant jusqu'à ce qu'un arrière-goût vieillot s'installe. Ça goûte les vieux fruits, les herbes brunies, le malt âcre. La finale en est presque désagréable alors que ces saveurs s'imposent. Texture onctueuse et corps moyen. Peut-être un manque de fraîcheur, même si la date de péremption est encore loin (2020). beermastersasho (159) - - DEC 26, 2017
Aged, but only decent, lambic taste, a little bit sour and bitter. Something bad in the taste, or aftertaste actually. Drunk it version 2012 in 2017 december, closed to expire date. DonGregorio (612) - POLAND - DEC 26, 2017
2015 bottle. Light gushing after opening. Pours dark amber with quite large tan head. Aroma of caramel, spices, orange, apricot, toffee, a hint of pear. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter, of caramel, spices, ginger, orange, apricot, peach, brown sugar, with notes of raisins, herbs. Spices and fruits in the finish. Medium to full body, average carbonation. Very complex and tasty Christmas beer.
Luneylane (265) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - DEC 26, 2017
A bottle from l'Apero. Aroma: malt, soya sauce. Appearance: murky milk chocolate, tan lacing. Palate: medium bodied and slick, soft carbonation, very boozy. Taste: medium bitter, some vanilla, lacks finesse.
nathanvc (796) - Brugge, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2017
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Christmas beer evening; shared with Anke!thejackpacker (728) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2017
Labeled '2015'. Pours hazy dark orange with a small, off-white head. The complex aroma contains orange & mandarin, peach or plum, some vanilla, sugar, hops & herbs. It tastes medium fruity sweet and light to medium hoppy bitter; ending dry, spicy and even very light sour with lingering fruity touches. Of course, some pleasant, warming alcohol. Full body, slick/oily texture, soft carbonation. Great stuff, but being a heathen, I can't say that I would always prefer this to a more regular winter beer.
Bottle from supermarket. A powerful beer to knock your socks off before Christmas lunch. A powerful ale that feels like a barley wine...
Sweet and malty. Zlotta (4142) - Hagen, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2017
0.33 l bottle from 'Dranken Geers', 2015 vintage, best before July 2020, cellared for more than a year. Minimally hazy, ruby with a thin, frothy, almost stable, light beige head. Sweetish-malty, quite fruity and slightly yeasty-spicy aroma of raisins, figs, strawberry jam and some caramel. Quite sweet, malty, fruity and slightly yeasty-spicy taste of figs, raisins, plums, strawberry jam, some caramel and a touch of alcohol, followed by a medium long, moderately bitter, slightly yeasty-spicy, rather warming and a bit boozy finish. Medium to full body, slightly creamy and quite effervescent mouthfeel, average to lively carbonation. Warming and saturating BSA, quite on the fruity side, a bit too boozy maybe, but overall a tasty and pleasant Christmas beer. patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2017
2015 bottle - Pours amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is of malt, cherries, and yeast. The flavor is sweet and malty with Belgian yeast, toffee, spices, and tasty dark fruit. Cherries and figs come to mind. It's dangerously drinkable with the 10% abv well hidden. This is a delicious beer.