StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 33cl bottle - pours a light clouded reddish brown with a lightly tanned head on top. The aroma - wow! - is dominated by a big hit of yeasty, bakery fresh bread with a bit of dark fruit up the spine. A little bit malty. That bready scent is less pronounced in the flavour, but still there along with a complex array of fruits and malt, plums being the most obvious to me. For such a high ABV beer, it’s extremely smooth with only minor traces of booziness. Really, you can hardly detect any alcohol at all, which I found shocking at 10.5%. Beautifully soft mouthfeel. A very complex, incredible beer. Apparently it’s based on the elusive Westvleteren 12, and is very similar to that "beer of beers". If this beer was a shotgun, it blew my head off. Kablow!
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a nice cola color with a monterous tan head. Aroma of fruit and yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Taste is slightly sweet with a hint of malt, plums, dates and yeast. This is a very nicely balanced complex beer that finishes nicely leaving you wanting more. Highly recommend!
Beerly There (20) - Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was expecting a little bit more. A decent quad but a little one-dimensional. Noticeably alcoholic aroma, decent amount of malt without being too sweet. Minimal hops. Good but not spectacular.
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Ginger Man. Dark brown with red, very smooth, tastes of fruit. Alcohol barely detectable. Very enjoyable.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer never fails. Smooth and warming, like wrapping yourself in velvet.
BuckeyeBoy (2692) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours out a Dark brown/red. Topped with a very small but bubble off white head. A Great aroma of pit fruit. Picked up the Alcohol and some yeast as well.
thebeertourist (4791) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with reddish notes. Big and lacing offwhite head. Plums aroma and hints of yeast. Rich plums flavours with notes of chocolate and licorice, even bananas. Full body. A world classic.
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 0.33l bottle at home. Few days ago I had Westvleteren 12 and this beer reminded me on it almost 100%. Same color, same head with same spots on the top. A bit more carbonated but mouthful was almost the same, nice balanced taste... If you can’t get Westvleteren try this one and you will get the picture. Top class beer. For more details about relation between Westvleteren and St. Bernardus check here http://www.sintbernardus.be/en/history.html .
ogivlado (5672) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled(330ml). –Dark reddish brown coloured, medium beige head. Malty and fruity (raisins, plums, cherries, etc.) aroma with notes of caramel and yeast. Few alcohol hints with a touch of licorice in the finish. Not my favorite.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2007 Dark ruby color. Nice sedimentation helps to cloud the color, but aids in the mouthfeel. Head is creamy and produces a nice lacing in my glass. Yeasty aroma like an artisan bakery. Small amount of alcohol detected, but leaves a smooth warming sensation in the back of the mouth. A bit more carbonation than I would’ve liked, but still well within standards and a compliment to the style. Complex body with the use of dark candi syrup, malt and delicate European hops. Outstanding and a great representation of the style.