hackobock (3981) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
October 28, 2014. Bottle (2010) from tderoeck, thanks Tim!
Hazy reddis/brown with a large creamy off-white head. Aroma is canned peaches and pear, figs and dark sugars. Taste is sweet canned fruits, dark sugars and light spicy, light bitter in the finish. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation.
markoijelena (3093) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - NOV 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0.33l from De Hopduvel beer shop Ghent Belgium.Bottle is Winter 2014 Pour it dark color with medium white head.Taste and aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, little bit coffee, spices.Good carbonation and good balanced.
yngwie (16989) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. As Winter 2013. A dense, finger-thick beige head sits on top of an almost clear, dark amber to brown body. The aroma has a little touch of yeast and dough in the back, with dried fruits, brown sugar, caramel and some alcohol. It’s full-bodied and smooth on the palate, with flavors of dried fruits, brown sugar and some caramel. Quite pleasant this one, except some yeasty, bready notes in the aroma. 141108
Geokkjer (7607) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of red apples, caramel, malt and chocolate. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, spices, yeast and brown sugar. Medium body, average carbonation.
Meilby (11307) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours dark reddish brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, yeast, dried fruits, alcohol, brown sugar and hint of spices. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long warm, brown sugar and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Alengrin (5163) - BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2016 Dilewyns’ fourth beer, tasted as Vicaris Kerst in the autumn of 2009, served by the brewer’s daughter at the Horeca Expo of Ghent; later as Vicaris Winter 2011, and now as Vicaris Winter 2015, but it’s still the same beer. Yellowish white, moussy, lacing head, deep mahogany bronze colour, very dark but still translucent, initially clear but cloudy with deposit. Powerful and very perfumey aroma densely packed with suggestions of candied cherry, marmelade, toffee / caramel, chocolate bars, liquorice candy, bayleaf, grass, Liège pear syrup, amaretto, thyme, fresh peppermint leaves, cloves, strong coriander and even aniseed, candied dates. Sweet fruity but notably canded onset, raisins, dates and baked banana, soft carbo, full caramelly, lightly chocolatey and somewhat nutty maltiness, deep and mellow, spicy notes overseeing the whole; mild roasted bitterness appears in the end, along with herbal hops and a glow of warming, rum-like alcohol in the finish. I regret not having followed the versions of 2012-2014 but seemingly, the recipe has not changed all that much; in this latest edition, this is liquid Belgian chocolates, a bit less resinous than e.g. Gouden Carolus Christmas or similar offerings, but equally rich and perfumey, with quite a demanding flavour navigating cleverly between the dominating sweet on the one hand and bitter as well as a certain amount of umami on the other hand. Spiciness proverbially has no limit in this, and still it manages to keep pace with the malts. Fascinating and surprisingly rich - this deserves a high score as its many flavours are quite well balanced against each other. Over the top in terms of spiciness and candied sweetness, but nevertheless exemplary for a Scotch-inspired Belgian Christmas ale.
Japalo (1874) - DENMARK - AUG 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge beige foam. Dark redbrown. Sweet Caramalty notes. Taste more dry than sweet. Alcohol well hidden. Heavy body. Dry finish. Solid Winter brew. Took it before a spicy Thailand dish.
mikske79 (1641) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Een heel lekker kerstbier met een goede, volle smaak zoals het hoort te zijn.
Cuso (8561) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle labeled as "Winter 2013"from trade with Douberd, many thanks Christos. Hazy brown color with huge persistent beige head towering over my glass. Dark malt, dark fruits, caramel in aroma. Sweet dark malty taste with caramel, coffee notes, dark berries, raisins, vanilla alcohol. Good.
Bullit (4565) - Burgos, SPAIN - AUG 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Cafe Meijers, as Vicaris Winter 2011. Brown, ruby-red coloured, with an off-white head. Nose is toasted malts, caramel, dark and dried fruits, molasses, candied sugar. Flavour is caramel malts, dried fruits, molasses, some spices. Finish is slightly bitter.