MoritzF (8056) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Murky brown colour with a foamy tanned head. Yeasty nose with dried fruits and caramel. Soft sweet flavour and a complex taste rounded up with elements of spicy liquorice, nuts and plums on a toastmalty bed with a bittersweet finish. The alcohol is good embedded.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 750 mL. Pours a deep brown color with a thick and lasting white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with hints of caramel and toffee. Rich and sweet flavor with hints of caramel and brown sugar along with a roasted nut taste. Some alcohol burn near the end of the bottle but not offensive. Great beer.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 Poured a deep reddish-amber with about 1" creamy ivory head. Some sediment noted. Excellent head retention. Floral and fruity aroma with grapes, apples, and oak coming through. Full-bodied, and powerfully complex flavor, but the fruit and oak were very well balanced. Mouthfeel was creamy, yet well-carbonated. Fruity aftertaste was very pleasant, and the beer warmed the stomach well. I am assuming that this is a recent vintage (expiry date 7.20.09), so I will put the rest of these away for a few years, and re-rate at that point.
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark, dark red/brown. nice lasting off-white, fizzy head. yeasty, fruity aroma. bready, sweet taste, somewhat fruity, and a little alcohol in there too, but it is well balanced, for 10%. medium/full bodied, with crisp carboation. good, complex beer.
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer. Pours a nice dark amber with quite a bit of sediment. Aroma is what you would expect from a great belgian. Itís sweet, malty and slightly caramelly as well. Flavor is well balanced and you really canít tell this is 10% . Itís malty, and caramelly, and belly warming all at once. Truly deserving of its high rating.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a mostly clear amber color. Aroma and flavors of fruit with sugar and alcohol and a touch of cherry. Semi-dry. Not too sweet and nicely balanced. Slightly smokey.
TomDecapolis (4331) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very complex strong Belgian. Head stays with the drink the entire time just about. The alcohol taste was a little too up front and not very well hidden. At times was almost coming across as having wine like characteristics. I actually like some of the other St. Bernardus beers better, but this is still a solid beer.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured iced tea brown with an off white head. Noticable yeast floating in the body with a good amount of carbonation. Sweet malty aroma with hints of fruits. Flavor was sweet bread with a variety of fruits: apple, pear, strawberry, and plum. Creamy texture with a huge malt body. Finishes dry and is a little on the sweet side.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Publick House. Dark brown with a large foamy head. Largely malty aroma, spiced brown bread, pears, raisins. Incedibly well-balanced, soft, rich and sweet, all kinds of fruits swirling around, some alcohol burn. A beautiful and delicious beer.
mds (2118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at ciroís. interesting aroma: large yeast component, pear among other fruits, rich complex maltiness, some tartness, and a bit of cheese funkiness. burgundy body, generous foamy tan head. big malty body, yeasty, fruity sweetness, warm alcohol. very complex. lively carbonation. very nice.