beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to hopdog. very surprised that this was 11% when i went to open it. very strong aroma of spices, cherries, and other holiday goodies. beautiful red-orange colour with frothy head. taste is congruent to aroma. high alcohol content disguised flawlessly by pleasant flavour. a nice treat.
PhillyBeer2112 (2776) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A slight butterscotch aroma is the first to arise, followed by a gingery spice note, and the faintest hint of cherry pie. Generously sweet, with a slight tart quality. Mild hints of cherries. Semi-sweet to semi-dry finish. Spice flavors show up as a lingering quality, with dried ginger, cardamom, grains of paradise, perhaps. Lightly cloudy orange-amber color.
Lubiere (13271) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, July 16, 2005. Orange amber ale with a light white head. Cherry aroma with light lactic notes. Medium sweet ale with light hops, little cherry notes. Boring for the style.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (Thanks argo0). Color is reddish, amber, with a small white disipating head. Strong cherries in aroma, with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is yeasty, and subdued cherry and honey. Has feel of belgian style fruity ale, but flavors don’t measure up to it.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a very clear, reddish-copper with no head at all. The aroma is sweet and alcoholic. Hints of honey and cherries are believable. This is, however, where my enjoyment ended. This has an overall watery body that finishes with a bit of syrupy mouth feel. The flavor is nothing like the aroma would suggest. Very light hints of nuts and fermented honey by products (not pleasant). Harsh alcohol is presence, not in mouth feel but flavor. Very disappointing. Oh well. Still glad I got to try it. Thanks xray.
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hard to believe the ABV on this one till you’re on your 3rd. Cherries dominate with just the slightest warming from the alcohol till just before the ’uh-oh’ point. So gorgeous in the glass even without a head. Much different from last year’s version, definitely sweeter with the cherries being more dominate. I’ll be laying a 6er down to see how it does next Christmas.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
the alcohol was well hidden on this one i would have figured 7%. It was mainly a honey presence on both taste and aroma which was good at first but then grew blander. could have used some more hops and more cherry tartness. amber hue and frothy off white head was a nice side.
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
the color in the picture is deceveing. it is flat brown. I dont really taste any cherries, just heavy yeastiness. 11% and I cant taste it so its not all bad. can definitly taste the honey. I guess I was disapointed
MattShizzle (606) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
OK. This beer is overrated in my opinion. Doesn’t taste so strong. Can’t even taste any cherry flavor.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Beautiful deep red color with no head. Nose is roasty, toasty malt and dry, tart cherries. Flavor is a very fresh grainy malt, full and rich, with a hint of cherry and a wonderfully dry palate. Dry cherry aftertaste lingers. The alcohol is completely masked in flavor but provides a nice warmth throughout. I really enjoyed this one, a nice surprise!