DruncanVeasey (8456) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2010
BC, 7.6%, Beers of Advent day 5. Dark ruby with a slender cappuccino collar. Juicy mulled orange, berries, apple strudel aroma with a hint of Flemish sour and cinder toffee as it warms. Fine and syrupy with a suggestion of oak, lots of mulled berries and orange peel swimming about, earthy apple peel yeast, the glow of alcohol and a balanced malty aftertaste cushioning the heat and finishing bitterness. Quite acidic and yeasty; a sprinkle of cinnamon, but not overdone. Good, but had to share- a whole bottle would be a struggle. BlackHaddock (7961) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
500ml brown bottle, best before end of Feb 2011, reviewed 30 Dec 2010. Poured into an ’Abbot Ale’ glass tankard. This a bottle conditioned beer, so it was poured carefully and slowly.
Dark red in colour, clear and clean. On top a small off-white crown.
Lambic, sour aroma with plums and sweet malts coming as the beer warmed.
The taste was rich, Christmas pudding type flavours with all sorts of fruit coming into play. Yet that lambic sourness in the smell also had a huge impact on the taste and mouthfeel too. The combination of the richness and lambic feel made this an interesting and certainly different beer.
When cold this beer was poor, but as it warmed it became better and better. Geokkjer (7667) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle .Pours reddish brown with a small off-white head.Aroma is malt , berries , grassy hops and lot’s of fruitiness.Flavor is sour red berries,lemon ,sweet malt and fruitiness.Medium body,soft carbonation.Not very well balanced and kinda weird. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle from the Rake. An amazing bright ruby colour but no head at all. Nice creamy alcohol and cakey malt. Chunky dark fruit and a pleasing liquidice note. Straight forward but very enjoyable. AshtonMcCobb (7029) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2012
50cl bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours a lovely mahogany with a nicely proportioned head. Looks great! The nose has a hint of cheese, some old dusty cellar. The taste has malt, spice, honey and a dry malty finish. The palate has a medium body with a big malty texture and a dry malty finish. Overall, a nicely balanced and well made beer.
berkshirejohn (6771) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2009
50cl of Christmas Ale at 7.6% from Utobeer, Borough Market. A slightly hazy golden brown with a small and rapidly fading off-white head. Rich christmas cake aroma with glace fruit, brandy, port, raisins and caramel and just a hint of vanilla. Thick, oily, texture, with a luscious booze-soaked fruit cake flavour - with chunks of apricot and pineapple as well as raisins and sultanas. The finish is warming and port-like and covers the alcohol really well. Excellent, even though Christmas was five months ago. Mr_Pink_152 (5772) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2017
Tried at the Plough Shifnal, Nr Telford. Rich golden brown colour with a thin off white head. Aroma tropical fruity, citrus and caramel. The taste sweet and fruity. Sticky body. johndoughty (5600) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2006
Bottled as Christmas ale 2005.A perfect example of what can go wrong with a bottle conditioned ale. Brown appearance with a sour aroma.Initial impressions were not good but got worse.Vinegary is the only way to describe this beer that was just about drinkable. Drinking this was not a very pleasant experience. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle at the rake with mes, ian and chris. Alround rating: The cad pulls one out the bag with his super power exstreme memory that others can only marvel at. Big ruby malt character, rich fruit cake, a bit yeasty, no hops. Alround a good effort.