pictoman (1061) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 650mL bottle. Mahogany brown with light tan head. Candi sugar, plum, and raisin, hint of spice. Good attempt at an abbey dubbel, but finish is a bit too metallic.
cards04 (2764) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 13, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent dubbel. Pours a dark maroon. Aromas of dried fruit, yeast and bread. Tastes like it smells. Fruity and malty with a bit of a tangy finish. Nice.
jgb9348 (6055) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown body with a vibrant ruby tint and a thick, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, malt, earth and a bit of english hops. Medium-bodied; Strong caramel and malt flavour at first with a big earthy and nutty flavour that persists throughout and only shows a touch of sugar at the tail end. Aftertaste shows some malt and funk with a lot of mushroomy flavours, but also a lot of sugars. Overall, a pretty typical beer with some good flavours, some bad ones and a decent finish. Not too much complexity and the flavours were decent at best, so this is probably worth passing on, especially if you have to bring it across country lines and all the way across the whole of the country. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Legacy Liqour Store in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on 08-June-2015 for CA$10,65 sampled at home in Washington, on the other side of both countries on 16-December-2015.
Crit (3944) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut, tan head.Malt nose. Lightly yeasty malt palate,notes of brown sugar. Light alcohol and hops.1 of their best but that isn’t saying much
bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #1401 24.12.2014 Xmas Eve Beers @revolutionyeg. Might have to be an annual tradition. Pours a dark mahogany, coppery colour with a tan foam that bubbles away slowly. Aroma is roasted malts, oak, butter caramel, and toffee. Taste is quite smooth, lightly hopped and rich in roast malt flavour. Finish is quite sweet, honey, toffee, and that oaky tinge as you swallow. Delicious winter ale.
Alengrin (5115) - BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle generously donated by the brewer and obtained via my colleague Marie, thanks very much for this one! A gentle and sunny afternoon in late September is probably not the time to have a winter ale, but I was too curious about this to wait for three more months... From a 65 cl bomber with nicely decorated label. Light gushing, but fortunately not too violently so. Pours a deep hazy burgundy brown-red colour, warm and attractive, under a lacing, medium sized, light yellowish white, moussy head with good retention. Aroma jumps into the nose with a truckload of melting brown sugar and cocoa nibs, along with hints of cinnamon, medlar, warm toasted bread, plum brandy, banana liqueur, sweet sherry, hazelnut paste, ruby port, marmelade, thin gooseberry sourness, clove- and slightly varnish-like phenols - the sweet and spicy, seductive bouquet of a rich, English style winter ale indeed. Some maderisation is already setting in too, but only to add complexity; this is clearly a beer which ages graciously. Rounded, sweet onset, residual brown sugar but not cloying at all, counterbalanced with a light fruity tartness (brambleberry, passionfruit); banana and candied orange flavours are there as well. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, with medium carbonation. A smooth, oily, caramelly and nutty but also notably oxidized maltiness ensues, adorned with spicy hints and leading to a finish which brings some drought to further balance the initial sweetness; there is an earthy, lightly peppery hop bitterness doing its work, as well as a very light kind of lactic tartness, but too subtle to call it infected. Warming alcohol balances on the brink of astringency in the end and spicy phenols finish it off retronasally. A lush, elegant winter warmer, in which the ’overdose’ of sugar has fermented out very well, leading to a well-controlled sweetness with delicious liqueurish effects here and there, accentuating its English old ale affinities. Lovely example of the style!
northropfrye (3443) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark plum coloured body. Malty aroma. A bit of a tart tang. Taste is sweet malty dried fruit. Almost belgiany. But also roast and cocoa. Quite nice.
TimE (5609) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tons of caramel malty with raisins and cherries. Easy drinking. Lingering cherries and toffee finish.
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Spicy beer with a noticeable alcohol heat. Very sugary with lots of fruit flavours. Not bad, but as far as seasonal Christmas brews go I like mine a lot darker and less sweet.
dresden (1570) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown. Aroma of dark fruits, some spice i cant identify. Rich caramel and fruity flavour, quite nice for a beer style i dont tend to enjoy much.