Idiosynkrasie (8198) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2017 Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: Hid alcohol almost unbelievably well. Very unusual. The pineapple was dominant and the spices weren’t very noticeable. This is a true rival to Mad Elf. Both are fruity Belgians that are deceptive in their strength. I wish this was a seasonal and not a one-off. Thankfully I have another bottle to age thanks to my brother and his fiancée. A very nice Christmas treat even if it wasn’t very Christmasy tasting.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, medium to dark gold with an average, off0white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had light colored cake; underlying holiday spices; hints of alcohol when warmer; mostly pineapple; and put them all together to get pineapple upside down cake. The initial flavor was moderate to heavily sweet, slightly acidic and lightly sour; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly acidic and slightly sour. There was mostly pineapple, spicy yeast, underlying holiday spices, honey , light cake, pineapple upside down cake; The medium body was a bit oily with sort of soft carbonation and an ever so slight alcoholic finish.
750ml bottle. Cloudy amber colour with small to average, frothy, osteoporosing, minimally lacing, off-white to beige head. Sweet-ish, fruity, malty and spicy aroma, notes of allspice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove etc., hints of pineapple, a touch of cherry and plum. Taste is sweet and bitter, spicy, slightly fruity, notes of allspice, hints of canned pineapple, caramel malty basis. Well hidden alcohol but definitely too strong for an outcome cruising around in a land of mediocrity concerning depth and complexity. ffaoe (1012) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2017
Strong fruity aromas particularly of cherry, plum, and pineapple. Amber in color with nice head. Malty and fruity flavors of cherry, pineapple, and faint clove faroeviking (11331) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 4, 2017
Botella. Late Fall Monster tasting. Hazy to cloudy golden colour, small white head. Sweet spiced fruity toasty aroma with some alc. Sweet spiced toasty malty dark fruity flavour. Quite sweet. Christos (5909) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
(The Bruery 5 Golden Rings) Bottle 750 ml at home, from the Molen beershop a couple of years ago. Served into a big tulip, ABV 11.5%
Deep orange colour on the body, slightly hazy, with one finger of white head, with good density and average retention.
Aroma of spices, ginger, tropical fruits, alcohol, peach and apricot, sweet hints of pineapple. Seems a bit weird at first but eventually works.
Taste is a combination of sweet and sour, with caramel malts, peaches and apricot like a belgian ale, tropical fruits, pineapple, maybe a bit too much of it, spices, alcohol, light ginger, cardamon.
Medium body with good carbonation, sticky on the palate.
Really interesting beer and eventually it grew on me, pretty good. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with a one finger white foam head that quickly fizzles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.
Heavily spiced aroma with lots of peppery coriander and, surprisingly, autumnal notes. Hints of clove, ginger and allspice followed by sweet citrus, pale malt and faint grassy hops. The spice presence is very prominent but I can still pickup the pineapple as well as some orange zest, bread and biscuit.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation and an overwhelming pineapple juice presence that clashes with the heavy spice profile. Taste more like a breakfast juice or cocktail than a beer. Really strong artificial pineapple flavor along with pineapple juice and some orange zest before the heavy spices come in. Thankfully
This provides a crisp, somewhat refreshing counterbalance to the overwhelming canned pineapple juice flavor. Some clove, ginger, pepper and coriander toward the back end as well as faint alcohol heat but the high ABV is well masked. An interesting idea but this beer is kind of a mess with extreme flavors on the opposite end of the spectrum clashing with one another.
dfearnley (2379) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle to tulip
Ginger, cinnamon, pineapple, mango, and candy. Translucent amber with no head. Taste is pineapple, ginger, candy, and quite syrupy. Ferris (17070) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle - Spice, caramel and pineapple. Clearish gold with a decent. Sweet pineapple and spice with a rich syrupy sweetness. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Poured into a snifter. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited over a beer. Pineapple juice!
3.25 A: Murky orange brown color. Just over one finger of frothy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.
4.0 S: Smells as advertised. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice spiciness. Candied pineapple, mango, and sugarbread. Rich, sugary maltiness. They really nailed the pineapple, at least so far.
4.0 T: Tastes just like it smells. Lots of pineapple in this, through and through. It even has the slight tartness of pineapple juice. Mango and orange can be found as well. Spices mentioned above. Everything meshes into a unique beer experience that also happens to be quite tasty.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess and not too syrupy like a lot of Bruery beers.
4.0 D: This may be my favorite installment of the Christmas series. It’s interesting and tasty. I think I have to go pick up another bottle.
DavoleBomb, Jul 04, 2013 alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2015
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99 from notes. Pours a hazy dark golden color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have a bunch of fruits, citrus, tropical notes favoring pineapple, cinnamon, ginger, tons of sweetness that probably offsets the alcohol a bit, holiday spice, nice to try but I wouldn’t drink a bunch of this by myself. JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle opened during the Christmas Movie Marathon on 12/20/14. Clear amber in color with a medium off-white head. Aroma of candy, Belgian esters, malt, pineapple and slight herbs. Malty and candyish sweet flavor with pineapple accents before a peppery yeast finish.