beleth (5) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A excellent brew with a dark body and a light brown head. It has a smooth, spicy flavor with hints of fruit flavors. Unfortunately, the alcohol bite in the after taste detracts a bit from the overall flavor. A good quality brew, worth trying at least once.
Jukkabro (3485) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 (Rerate 3.1.2007, prev. 7-4-8-4-15). Dark red color, big beige head. Sweet aroma: brown sugar, berries, yeast, mild alcohol, licorice, chocolate, plum and spices. Medium to full bodied. Sweetness, brown sugar, plum and biting yeasty flavor with some licorice and spices. Aftertaste lasts with good licorice and warming alcohol. Definitely better at second time!
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep red-brown, OK head. Toasted sugar and stewed pears like Unibroue, lotsa phenols, marscapone, plums, marzipan, banana, allspice, orange rind, honey. Aroma-wise thereís a lot going on but itís not that exciting. In the mouth itís quite the opposite - powerfully alcoholic (tongue-numbingly so) with a yeasty-bitter finish. Itís malty I suppose, but not overwhelmingly so. Lacks flavour, really. Iím a bit surprised I havenít liked these more, because I thought their Wit and Grottenbier were both excellent.
DBLashure (1) - USA - OCT 31, 2005 does not count
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Normally donít drink beer of this quality from bottles. After having one on tap at Coleís in Buffalo, NY I decided to give it a try. From the bottle is terribly bitter. no fruity taste, only a bitter, lingering aftertaste. I couldnít even finish my glass. Very disappointing for otherwise one of my absolute favorites.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a huge off white, frothy, head. Clings the the sides. Very murky, muddy brown color. Completely opaque. Very strong alcoholic nose. Notes of oatmeal raisin cookies. Sweet. Alcohol is upfont in the flavor profile. Some sweetness, and a mash of toffee and fruit. Very easy drinking palate. Soft texture all the way through. Velvet. This particualr bottle is very young. I beleive the date is 030310. Iím sure it ages very well, but as rated today, not one of my faves.
pmarren144 (36) - Auburn, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 1pt. 9 oz corked bottle. Suprised to find this in Ithaca, NY, but they have it there a lot, I guess. Pours cloudy, and has a lot of head. Lasts awhile, too. Very fruty nose, I spent 10 minutes just smelling it. Mouthfeel was creamy, and and for over 10% alcohol content, you almost didnít realize it. Not a lot of hops, malty, fruity finish. Excellent as a treat now & then!!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz bottle. Best before date of 03 03 10. POurs a dark murky brown, thick fluffy tan head. big lacing all the way up to the brim. Aroma is full of sweet fruits, cherries grapes, plums,. Nuts and toffee present as well. Flavor is sweet, dark fruits and a candy sweetness through the body, sweet dry finish.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2007 Bottle. In a blind tasting, split with NachlamSie, and tronraner, pours chestnut brown color, spotty lacing. Aroma has an abundance of berries, with enough dark fruits to keep it from being too bright. Flavor is strong berries and dark fruits, some brown sugar, and yeast. The carbonation is strong, and the flavor seems almost fleeting. A warm alcohol finish.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff is definitely the best St. Bernardus beer by a longshot. Well... at least a couple of tenths of a point better. Appearance-wise, theyíre all pretty close to the same. And all of the St. Bernardus ales are pretty similar palate-wise. Where this beer really thrives is in its aroma. Iím not sure exactly what it was, but this beer made a much better impression on my nose than the others I tried. Anyway, great beer.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The head on this one was huge. I like to think that after so many beers, I am able to give a decent pour, but with this one I had to let things settle down a bit before I could top off the glass. So what we have here is a nice hearty looking brown ale with a big rocky head (but you probably saw that coming). Nice yeasty, fruity, choco-nutty aroma. I was expecting it to be cloyingly sweet but that was well underplayed by a roastiness. One of the smoothest abts Iíve had the pleasure of sampling. "The show piece of the brewery." Indeed.