Huhzubendah (3625) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The beer is near black in color with a thin beige head. The aroma offers spices, mint, dark druit, yeast. The flavor is sweet and spicy, a bit overly so. Dark fruits and licorice with notes of anise. Not in the upper half of the style. Medium bodied with lingering spices and a touch of warming alcohol. Very reasonably priced, but you get what you pay for.
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Starts out very carbonated, hope it mellows on that with time. Also, it has an interesting colored head, very light and chalky that is a nice contrast to the very dark color of the ale. Almost looks like a stout but the flavor profile is strongly Belgian. Yeasty, Christmas spicy, raisin, and rich bread. Palate is decent but carbonated. Not overly heavy but not thin, decent lacing as well. Merry Christmas to me!!!
thornecb (5678) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark mahogany into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes leaving trailing sheets. Earthy caramel aromas. Sharp with caramel and treacle upfront turning to pit fruit in the dry, lasting earthy finish.
BeerSquare (117) - - DEC 24, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting beer. . . the nose is all cocoa, leather and cinammon, not hinting much at the sweetness of the beer.
Taste has all that Unibroue belgianity you would expect, but it’s way darker and thicker than most of their. . . somehow, strangely maintaining the very effervescent carbonation of some of their more champagne offerings (ephemere comes to mind. . . but only re: the bubble).
Good for a winter evening. . . I’d like it better if it had more richness and zing to balance the sweet spice, but it really is pretty good.
I think it would be in a good "introductory big belgian" for nonbelievers; big meaty belgianness, but nothing too out there and plenty of reassuring familiar spice flavors.
mikem409 (2010) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours tan with off white head. Aroma of spice and Belgian yeast. Taste follows lots of spice not much else sweet chewy
k9coug (114) - USA - DEC 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Seems like an immature and forced carbonation version of a light-weight Holiday ale served with undeserved pretention. Has flavors of powdered nutmeg and pumpkin spice.
jefcon (1684) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of my favorites in the series. Nice berry complement to the vinuous notes... light hopping, but not astringent. I typically want more from these belgian strongs, but in this case the alcohol is just right for the fruity, biting nature of the palate... It’s a good sting.
benpickens (491) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a tan mouse of head; plums, figs, and stewed dark fruits... creamy mouthfeel with nice long port like finish.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a near black hued body with a lasting tan head that leaves good lace. Aromas are spicy, cardamom, Unibroue house yeast, dark fruit, candied figs, tobacco with a complex maltiness. Flavors show a low but slightly persistent roast, cardamom, spicy phenols, cola. Warming, medium malt, somewhat bitter, earthy, tobacco notes in the finish. Warming with lively carbonation and a dry, effervescent finish. Always a steal and something I look forward to every year. Possibly not my favorite vintage, but at $4 per 750, buying a case to drink/sit on might be in order!
dwyerpg (5829) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yet another excellent unibroue beer. Tons of bubbliness and a good flavor that isn’t too sweet at all. The only redeeming part of the day as my fantasy team got crushed.