mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Self exploding cork. Really carbonated. Excellent beer. Pours light amber in color. Cloudy. Nice head. Caramel notes. Malty. Good belgian.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours with a cloudy, brown body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet and slightly fruity (banana, orange?) with spicy notes and a nice maltiness. The flavor is bitter, slightly sweet and very spicy with notes of banana and yeast. Full bodied, smooth and slightly dry.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a slight reddish orange hue. Decent head and lace. Aroma of fruit, grapes and bitter orange, floral hops, and some malts. Flavor is of sour fruit, maybe wine grapes, floral hops, and a nice balance of malts. Nice body, and a smooth palate with a finish of fruit.
Aurelius (4677) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruit, vanilla, caramel aroma. Hazy dark oak colored beer, long-lasting cream colored head, nice painted label. Fizzy, creamy mouthfeel, although thin at times. Good walnutty bittering on the backend. Very lightly sweet, mostly dry with non-sweet caramel. Woody, moderately bitter hop presence. A nice, relaxing Belgian, did well with corned beef and wild rice.
PorterPounder (6285) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2006 Rerate Market Square Liquors, Tallahassee, Fl - 750 ml - Thicker mouthfeel this time around, sweet, caramelly aroma, Some herbal and minty notes find their way in the back end this time. Much better the second time around. Original 2.8 Pleasant tea colored pour with a tight, thin, bubbly head. The aroma is not very apparent, faint spiciness if I had to label it. The first thing you notice is the intense carbonation - not unlike day old champagne - not to my liking. Slight caramel flavor with a tad bit of sour yeastiness. Just a hint of candy sweetness in the aftertaste. Finish is a bit acidic. Not one of St. Bernadus’s best efforts.
larsniclas (6145) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at The Bishops Arms, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Dark brown with a creamy off-white head.
A sweetish and malty aroma.
Really lively palate; champagne-ish.
Not really much flavour at all.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a murky reddish brown with a foamy-2-fizzy tannish head. Carbonation is lively and lacing is so-so. Sediment visible floating in the glass. Aroma is malty & yeasty, with some hints of citrus and raisins/dates/figs. Initial taste proves of the aformentioned smells, perhaps some grapefruit and cloves. Mouthfeel is nice, but the finish is a bit bitter as well as metallic. There is also a slight alcoholic tinge throughout. Probably wouldn't pick up another one, otherwise not bad.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dense, foamy white head. hazy, reddish brown body. Somewhat tart and sour nose. ripe, raisiny notes and hints of musty leather. yeast contributes a bit to the nose. Woody, and leathery, figs and dates. solid warming effect, full body. dries out, leaving some remnants of flavor, and emerging hints of chocolate. well balanced, smooth and complex.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with an off-white, quickly dissipating head. Strong dark fruit aromas, fig/raisin/dates. Nice maltiness in the nose, mild yeast. Deep malt flavors with dark fruits again making an appearance. Dry, mildly astringent finish.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, at the Dovetail, London.
Slightly cloudy brown with large beige Belgian styled head, dissipating. Bitter style, with tart, apple flavours throughout.