TrappistMike (11) - GERMANY - MAY 5, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s rumored that some of the yeast used for the St. Bernardus Abt 12 orginally came from the old Westvleteren brewery after WWII. If this is true than it would help explain the complexity of this truly great beer. This is one of, if not the best of the Abbey beers (by abbey I mean trappist inspired non-monastic beers).
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogony in pour. You can taste the alcohol slightly, in this one. Tastes some spice and some banana in this one.
Quevillon (2475) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
De HogTownHarry, 330 ml, cote # 400.
<P>Superbe couleur brun foncée avec un collet moyen qui dure. L’arome est légé mais plaisant, un peu épicé. Très bon goût de caramel crèmeux et d’épice. Une autre belle example de ce que les belges savent faire!
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am a bit disappointed in this one, I was looking forward to it for a while! It pours like most any Belgian, medium-brown, slightly opaque, with a large but short-lived frothy head. The aroma is quite sweet and gets sweeter as it warms, somewhat like malt and caramel. The taste is initially just like that but quickly turns (for me at least) fizzy and bitter, like weak quinine mixed with the really dark brown dried figs, the kind I don’t care for much. It finishes with a rush of alcohol, and other than the warmth from that, not a whole lot else. I like the smell, the first sweet taste, but I miss the other things I find in Belgians. Maybe I’m getting too picky but this just isn’t my favorite. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t great, either.
ironryan22 (52) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 does not hide its alcohol as well as some other belgiums, a quality drop but not as refined a beer as say the awesome abbaye de rocs brune in my opinion.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Rich malt aroma with a hint of hops and a slight alcohol note. The head fades quickly, leaving a dark murky beer. Medium to heavy body with a sweet and tangy flavor that finishes clean. After a few sips, the alcohol warmth sets in. Very good.
DontFearTheHops (6) - USA - APR 27, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A frothy head follows a mahogany pour-nice, clinging lacing. Notes of fruit and spice cake in the nose. Silky mouthfeel with a strong emphasis of spiced rum. Also notes of all-spice. A remarkable brew. Would pair well with a rum painted grouper dish or a Thanksgiving dinner.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep mahogony with a fair bit of sediment and a giant frothy off white head. Smells of bubblegum, bananna, and a slight sweet mustiness. Flavor is nutty, sweet, a bit astringent, finishing with a bananna clove flavor. Very alcoholic on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin and quite carbonated. A really tasty beer but I still much prefer Rochefort or even La Trappe.
Beerdedone (2609) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus, pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma sweetness, fruit, and alcohol. Very smooth and refreshing.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lucky #100. Thanks to my bro Bob! A medium brown color. Very nice head that fades fairly quickly. A slight bit of alcohol in the aroma, but not present in the taste. Much maltiness. Roasted flavors. Fairly carbonated. The 10.5% abv is very will hidden. Very nice beverage!