Brewed by Viru Õlu (Harboe)
Style: Dunkler Bock
Haljala, Lääne-Virumaa, Estonia


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 2.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Tume Pühadeõlu
Christmas Goat is in Viru Õlu beer assortment for the second winter. It is a dark Christmas brew, alcohol consistency 6,0%. Christmas Goat was a part of old Estonian Christmas masquerade. Originally, on the secnd day of Christmas, people dressed into different characters to demand food and gifts from neighbours and bring luck to the generous ones. Like in all Scandinavia, Goat´s character (Yule Goat) used to be the most popular. Till today, Christmas Goat has remained a symbol of Christmas. Figures made of straw are used for decoration purposes.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ectuohy27 (1099) - - MAR 2, 2013
Ehh. Perfectly drinkable and even nice, after a fashion, but far too thin and watery. Tastes (and especially looks) like flat Coke with some sprite or lemon mixed in, as well as a *touch* of malt. Definitely would have expected better--from a brewer in another country :) (vabandust, eesti!)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
oops (211) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours dark, beige medium top. In aroma there is only roasted malt (at least for me). Tastes sweet and resembles local root beers. Palate is nice, low (almost nonexisting) carbonation. So if you want not carbonated, sweet and non-ambitious beer then this is right for you.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jinroh (1437) - ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2013
Pours mahogany brown, white bubbly head. Fresh watery aroma, a bit of usual dish washing liquid smell. Taste is slightly bitter, malty and even with some roast notes in the aftertaste. Aftertaste itself is weak and short. Overall drinkable but quite boring for a Christmas beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Senka (1080) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 21, 2013
50cl bottle. Freshly brewed Jõulusokk. Faint caramel, dark malt nose. Slightly pungent yeast on top. Pours clear black with a thick creamy head, that goes in 20 seconds to 0, with thin lacing. Rather sour, with plenty of yeast as if it is some kind of dunkel-lambic beer. Sour at first, acidic afterwards. Thin bodied, oily beer, and thus I wont call it bock. 6% abv is also not really "bockish". Overall, this is so far the weakest competitor for top Estonian x-mas beer of 2013 (or any other year previously, if that matters). Not a bad beer, but not to my taste either. Was better last year.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hens (736) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - NOV 21, 2013
0.5L bottle. Malt, bread aroma. Watery beginning. Dry, high malt, Halljala brewey style original malt and hop game. Maybe some cinnamon and old home made apple juice. Watery end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
visionthing (5124) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 28, 2013
50cl bottle from Stockmann Tallinn. Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a rather small, beige head. Moderate malty aroma with dried fruits, some lightly spicy and roasty notes and hints of caramel and metal. Medium sweet and malty with a lightly bitter finish. Not as sweet as expected and quite well balanced actually. A bit watery and mild in flavour, but quite drinkable. This one was from last year so maybe a year in my closet has done some good to the beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (9941) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110402.
Pours brown color with a small head. Aroma of yeast, malts and mild fruits. Flavor is the same.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (7173) - Reval, ESTONIA - APR 27, 2012
0,5l bottle. Dark brown- reddish color. Medium beige head. Sweet aroma, faint dry dark chocolate. Watery, caramel texture. I expected more of it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (8249) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2012
50 cl bottle @ olio, BBE 06.08.2011. Rated on 04.04.2011
Aroma is rather unpleasant and stale with roasted malt, glue and hints of coffee. Flavour is decent with some roasted malt and hints of solvent. I guess this is what a Christmas sock tastes like…

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle from Solaris, Tallinn. Ruby with a falling beige head. Black cherry aroma with hints of rye bread and liquorice. Simplistic malty taste; malt loaf, cherry and liquorice with faint undercurrents of Bovril and Baltic saltiness. Easy to drink, without any glaring faults. Unconvincing.

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