jamesp (13) - Thornton, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoa. Nearly had a beertastrophe when I opened the bottle. I wasn’t paying attention (ie, I wasn’t covering the cork so it wouldn’t go shooting off) and the cork shot off, nearly maiming my two small children, and, worse yet, spilling some beer. But I digress. Almost all head when I poured it, but some nice lacing after it subsided. Kind of a muddy brown color, not the greatest looking I’ve seen. Aroma is great, but the aftertaste is a little too much. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had a beer in over a month.
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 (Bottled, Nth re-rate) Nice, very hazy dark brown color with a medium, tight, beige head. Sourish, yeasty aroma with cherry, pineapple and banana. Dryish and slightly sour, malty and spicy flavor with banana and a christmasy-spicy ginseng/anise/licorice finish. Medium-bodied, high- but smooth-carbonated and oily palate. A nicely balanced and smooth, very easily drinkable, yet quite complex - and not at all sweet dubbel. Another quality brew from St. Bernardus.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish brown with a huge head. Nose is prunes, dried fruit and belgian yeast. Flavour is prunes and malt with a slight spicyness.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not anything I particularly care for. Dark amber with an off-white head. Fruity aroma with some spice. Body was medium to light. Flavor was alcoholic with fruit and spice notes. I'll pass.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2004
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sweet nose with hints of wheat. Nice amber colour with a rich brown frothy head. I liked the sweetness and spice in the nose but when it got right down to it I cant take the fact that this is a belgium beer. The yeast and wheat just makes me want to vomit. Just my style likings tho.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a frothy head; spicy nose, some citrus and yeast, a little hint of cherries; sour, light bodied and somewhat astringent, somewhat phenolic; not sure how the cave helps this. Overpriced and dissappointing.
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
color is very deep amber, head is beige, creamy and lasting. aroma is spicy (clove) and yeasty. flavor is fairly fruity, has a nice sweet/tart thing going on. flavor has a musty and earthy quality to it as well. alcohol is not that much, but i've tasted it plenty of times in 6.5% beers....well-hidden here. mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, sugary sticky sweet. this is better than i thought it might be from the ratings. seems to have a little more bitterness in the finish than most of the belgians i've tried..pretty damn good overall.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap from the Toronado.Wet yeasty caramel aroma. Dark chestnut appearance with big light tan head.Smooth yeasty earthy nutty flavor with mild hops and caramel as it warms.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle. Pours a big foamy head that then collapses and leaves lots of lace on the glass (kind of like my homebrews). This beer's biggest strenght is its great malty, yeasty, bready aroma. Mild flavor and weak mouth feel - not as full as many other browns.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A Belgian, yes, a thick tasy beer, no. This beer was quite ligt and lacked the satisfying fullness of most Belgians I've had before. Tasty, just thin.