Dark brown pour with some sumptuous, cherry red, garnet highlights. Head is decent, and fades to give nice, sticky lace and some thin, creamy foam on the surface of the beer. Looks good.
Nose has some sweet raisins in the typical, BSDA tradition.
It is sweet, and it offers very little in the way of spice. I really don’t find this beer especially ‘spiced’, and certainly not compared to similar Christmas beers. In fact, there really isn’t a huge amount of flavor beyond the sweetness here. It’s a Belgian Candy sugar so that’s very much in it’s favor and appropriate, and the beer drinks relatively lightly, but at the same time this is in no way spiced to my palate.
As a Christmas beer I’d call this disappointing. As a Belgian Strong Dark it’s pretty ordinary too TBH. It’s not poor in any way, it it’s very run of the mill.
Pretty disappointing all around if I am totally frank.