IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Brewtopia 2005. Poured light brown with a thick creamy off-white head. Strong dark fruit aroma. Tasted of dark fruits and alcohol. A good strong belgian, but I didnít find it to be as layered, sweet, or as complex as Westy 12. Thereís been a lot of debate as to whether this beer can be considered an inexpensive alternative to Westy, but I think thereís no replacing #1.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very dark red, almost black in color. Glad I saved this one for last. It has a very sweet malty aroma and a taste that is smooth, warming and eqallly sweet. A real good drink.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown. thick creamy off white tan head. leaves some nice lacing in the glass. has a malty and fruity aroma. taste is fruity and malty has a smooth creamy mouthfeel. awsome.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the maproom, served st bernardus chalice, huge rocky head. creamy mouthfeel, some apple, warming alcohol sensation.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Maprom-Deep dark brown with a big brown head. Nutty with characters like nutbread. Bold yeast flavors with some very subtle fruit notes.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky dark brown with an off white head. Apples, alcohol, and nuts in the aroma. Taste is apples, grapes, some chocolate and raisins. NIce alcohol warmth in the finish.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - APR 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 Bottle, dark brown, creamy off-white head, moderate lacing, aroma of malt and alcohol with a twinge of sweetness, taste is much better...get molasses, raisins and a very sweet fruitiness thatís not overpowering but smooth, I could drink one of these everyday.
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best beers iíve had yet. This Belgian is very creamy and silky. Pours a dark brown with a monstrous head. Head retention is incredible as well. Has dark-fruit flavors such as raisins. Will buy many times!
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Another nut brown colored ale from Belgium for me to try. A more sour brew than the Leute Bokbier it had a more floral aroma. Unfortunately wasnít one that I enjoyed drinking.
sunevdj (3020) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2005 Pours an off white, frotthy head. Already when smeling the beer you can smell the high alcohol contend. Has a strong taste of prunes and port. A little too much of alcohol in the taste for my liking. Personally, I prefer the St. Bernardus Prior 8