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RATINGS: 853   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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12% vol.alc. – re-fermented and bottle-conditioned Rich, dark coloured beer, with a wonderful hoppy, floral nose and well-balanced flavours, making it easy to drink


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Dark brown/burgundy pour. Full, creamy foam. Nose could be better but it has some dark fruit, hops and yeast. Flavor is awfully complex, nicely malty with lots of Belgian character. Brown sugar, caramel, toffee along with hints of dark fruits. Well balanced . It’s a really nice ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2008
750ml bottle: Deep brown pour with a rich mocha head that lasts. The aroma is inviting with lots of earthy malt, dark chocolate, plum, dry cocoa and a healthy dose of ethery alcohol. Chewy mouthfeel. The carbonation expounds on the tongue and cheeks with each swallow. More big malts leads the way with heavy hints of baker’s chocolate, burnt caramel, sweet dough. The yeast throws plenty of esthers - from plum to banana to cherry. Very complex, but ultimately a bit too sweet for my tastes. Finishes with a splash of alcohol and a mighty dose of white sugar.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Poured into a Westy goblet. One finger of light tan head recedes pretty quickly with no lacing. Not really what you’d expect from a well-regarded Belgian ale. Nice quad aroma of chocolate, banana, toffee, and darker fruits like plum and raisin. Flavor is mainly a complex maltiness with touches of fruit and a lingering caramel finish. Some spiciness, probably anise also comes out mid-palate to take the edge off the sweetness. Mouthfeel is a little thin and a little too carbonated for my taste. It’s not awful or excessive but it could stand to be fuller. Luckily despite this, the mighty 12% alcohol is not detectable in the flavor. It does however warm the insides. Fairly drinkable for a monstrous beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Bottle via recommendation of matt at capones. Pours a brown body with a tan head. Aroma is a hoppy belgian yeast and spices. Flavor is roasted sugar, lots of etoh, and not enough dark fruit. Eh not for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1623) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2008
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (8009) - ITALY - MAY 10, 2008
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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yves (2834) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2008
Clear dark amber coloured beer. Large off white head. Malty aroma. Full bit creamy palate. Malty ending little herby and bitter.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
westexans (10) - Converse, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2008
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...


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