redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spicy with a slightly minty aroma and hints of herbs. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Spicy caramel with toasty malts, burnt sugars, dark fruits like figs, very very spicy. There is a slight metalic flavor.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep cola brown with surprisingly little head for the amount of carbonation, which leads me to believe this is fairly thin. This is St. Bernardus’ Abt. 12 before it was refined. Age it and it might get there. Ripe fruits (figs, dates), yeast and malts on the nose. Flavor is sweet, adding hops, spices and a bit of mint. Dry finish - not as sticky as some people are saying. Very good, but as I said - would certainly benefit from mellowing with age.
daniele (5219) - ITALY - MAY 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
scura buona schiuma perisistente sentori fruttati lievemente tostato maltato leggermente alcolico in bocca piuttosto frizzante ma piuttosto morbida non agressiva note di frutta secca tendente al dolce ma piuttosto bilanciata finale decisamente riscaldante
Yves (2094) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark amber coloured beer. Large off white head. Malty aroma. Full bit creamy palate. Malty ending little herby and bitter.
westexans (10) - Converse, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Typical dark Belgian trappist color. The aroma is slightly sweet, with the Barley wine alcohol hint to it. The flavor is very good. Initially it has a strong alcohol flavor and then finishes with a slight sweetness. We had a beer club tasting and this one won hands down.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL - Brasserie Beck (DC) - Deep brown, thick creamy tan head. Yeasty plum and warm spicy golden raisin aromas ride notes of caramel berries and hints of coffee. Intense semi-sweet port flavors upfront round to more buttery spiced caramel and figgy bread-like tones. Full bodied with soft carbonation. A very well done quad which I think is a tad underrated. Perfect for sipping after dinner...
Sammy (8414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolate brown colour, little head, expirey 9/09. Thanks Boutip. Malt and some spicey yeast, with the emphasis on the spice. Above avrage mouthfeel, tasty treat that is experterly spiced malt. Very good Belgium.Dangerously drinkable.
DrnkMcDermott (2782) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big head raises in the bottle upon opening. Pours brown as a beer bottle. Taste is heavily in the European strong beer area, with some alcohol fusels. I’m not enjoying this as much as other raters, I see.
BelgiskOlklub (888) - Viby J, DENMARK - APR 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2005), 25 cl. Small, creamy, dark, diminishing head with spare lacing. The body is cloudy and dark brown. The malt aroma is heavy with toasted and coffee notes. Also nice aroma of plum, licorice, wine and port. Heavy in alcohol. It has a full body, a creamy texture and a flat carbonation. The flavour is heavy sweet and light bitter. A good powerfull and fruity beer.
Wim (2667) - Weelde, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2014 black dark brown coloured body with a huches off white head a spicy hoppy fruity brandy aroma a hoppy fruity caramel bitter taste with a alcholic bitter special finich