Oakes (17132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber-brown. Nice Belgian strong, alcohol and a touch of bubblegum phenol, with stewed tree fruits, some mace and cassia but subtle. On the palate, strong and boozy, with a light fruity character, a lot of malt, with just a touch of fruitiness. Actually has a fair amount of bitterness, too, though it’s generally sweet.
mcberko (16927) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, pours a cloudy dark amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is quite earthy upfront, followed by candied sugar and Belgian yeast. Flavour is very Belgian-esque, with candied sugar and Belgian yeast upfront, followed by floral notes, a little earthiness, and bready caramel notes. Not the most complex or elegant, but it’s constructed very nicely.
melush (3849) - SPAIN - JAN 9, 2017
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Irreale, Madrid, Spain.
A: Dark brown.
T: Malt, sweet, yeast, spices, alcohol.
ulrikolsen (573) - DENMARK - JAN 8, 2017
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy amber with fading beige head. Aroma is sweet malty and fruity with caramel and brown sugar. Taste is semi-sweet malty with biscuit, caramel and dried fruits and fruity esters and brown sugar yet somewhat dry. Finish is sweet malty, dry and lightly alcoholic.
josanguapo (1555) - SPAIN - JAN 7, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. After dinner. Alcohol highly noticeable, but still pleasant thanks to molasses notes. I understand that it may not be of everyone’s liking, but I enjoyed it. High carbonation on first pour. 75 cl.
Plovmand (8231) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap. It pours mostly clear amber with a creamy off white head. The aroma is dried fruity and sweet malty. Quite dry flavor with caramel and dried fruity notes.
MrTipple (4492) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Belgian yeast, creamy, sweet, grain and cereal malts, light spices, dark fruits. Slightly hazy, dark brown, medium, creamy, beige head. Very strong, bitter, alcoholic malts continue, light spices, toffee. Not quite my taste, feels a bit off in the aroma. Keg at The Bootlegger, High Wycombe.
DraftDodger (1408) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copenhagen 25/12 2016. 75 cl bottle from Meny. Does not look especially Christmas like except that "Santa" is a part of the name. The label looks like a sign post from the Municipal services. Pours slightly hazy light amber with off-white head. Settles as thin but creamy layer of foam. Lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is quite fruity. Orange, lemon and Belgian yeast. Kinda reminds me of a Orange riddled with cloves which some people use to create a bit of Christmas atmosphere. Medium carbonation and thick oily palate. Flavor is medium sweet followed by distinct fruity sour bitterness. Aftertaste is long and bitter. Not much Christmas to this - except for the cloves and the name. But a nice way to get an decent buzz.
Theydon_Bois (18927) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the Bootlegger, 24/12/16.
Rich chestnut amber with a decent light beige covering.
Nose is dark fruit mash, spice, dates, fruit cake, booze tunes, light varnish.
Taste comprises tangy fruits, treacle toffee, brown bread, spice, hint of molasses, dates, figs.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, boosty warming close.
Ok strong if a touch unrefined.
Koelschtrinker (19730) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 22, 2016
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Seifiger Geruch. Malzig alkoholischer Antrunk, trocken, leicht herb. Geringe Bitterkeit, brennend, wenig aromatisch. 9/7/7/8/7/7