zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Disappointing. A bland belgian, with not much taste or aroma. If it were $3 a bottle instead of $7, it might be able to getaway with the lack of flavor.
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2004 (Bottle: Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party in Carlsbad, CA) (Draft: O'Brien's in San Diego, CA) Spicy and mildly sweet, but the malty flavor is dominant; Mild bitterness from start to finish; The nose is somewhat light, but it is malty and mildly spicy; Ruddy brown in color; Medium to full bodied on the palate; Very carbonated mouthfeel but there are no visible carbonation bubbles; Smallish, light tan head fades to a sheen quickly
jimhilt (2558) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a three-finger light brown head that stays and leaves a good lace. Nose has hints of raisin. Medium bodied. Very good carbonation and a cloudy amber color. There are traces of yeast. Starts and finishes sweet, not an intense brown. $7.99 for a 750ml bottle.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown muddy like colour with an off white head which goes quite rapidly. Strong orange and sherbert nose. Quite thin taste of mainly orange and a little yeast. Disappointing.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Self removing cork. Deep orange brown with floaties. Dried fruit/clove aroma. Full carmel/hop/fruity flavor and nice mouth feel. Hops in the finish. Nice drinking brew.
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 (1844) - 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 (5094) - 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 (7404) - 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.