BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. River green/brown color with an ever-present cap of lace. Apple, spice, and yeasty alcohol dominate the nose. Great malty mouthfeel with excellent balance of balance with the alcohol. Finishes a little short with some sour bitterness.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark hazelnut brown with a airy tan head. Good head retention for a while and died down to a thin crown that lasted for the duration. Some small sediment pieces. I really like the look on this one. Very complex nose...caramel covered peaches, heavy on the malt, apples, sugar and alcohol. Good appetizing aroma. Flavor is smooth. Again, very heavy on the malt, fruity, sugary and sweet, caramel, vanilla, peaches and apples. Creamy with a good body. Finishes peppery, not surprising with 10% alc.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the tap. Huge malty aroma with light fruit. This beer looks great. There is a huge brown head that lasts almost too long as you wait to drink it. It slowly dies down to a rocky head, and finally leaves a thick lace on the glass. Flavor of medium-sweet malt. There is fruit and minor spice qualities. After taste is also light fruit. Very heavy palate. Definitely a sipper; it is a beer to take your time with.
BrianG (44) - Big Stone Gap, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. The head is long-lasting. Quite a bit of sedimentation to see in there too. This was a very tasty beer. Very smooth. You would never know it contained %10abv. Great beer.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Blue Nile, Minneapolis. Pours tasty walnutty amber with attractive foam. Malty, sweet yet balanced, tender mouthfeel, with traces of hazelnut (or sometimes pistachio gelato with a drip of raspberry). Uber tasty.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strange style of beer altogether. Incredible soft body for such strong alcohol, and well hidden at that. Shows what a true craft beer making can be.
Tejas (844) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Perfect 5 points on the appearance b/c of the constant lacing as well as the constant head. Malty dark fruit aroma. Slight alcohol flavor. Rich, smooth and very drinkable like all St. Bernardusí ales. Flavor is malty and fruity(prunes?). Somewhat chewy to the palate. Donít know if itís worthy of a 99 rating but itís definitely a nice ale.
flocco (20) - Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2005
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is Godís gift to us. Simply amazing!!! How a beer with this much Alcohol content can taste so good is genious!
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 18, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Had to crack this one to mark the beginning of March Madness. Dark brown and murky. Good head that leaves a great lacing. The first thing I noticed was the initial aroma burst, banana, sweet bread, plums, figs, and malts. Flavor was very vinous, very winelike. Alcohol was masked pretty well. When chilled, itís very malty, a little chocolate. As it warms, it picks up dark fruits (figs, raisins, plums) Dry finish, but not bitter in the least. Overall, itís pretty decent
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque dark brown w/ lots of sediment. Lasting, creamy, rocky beige foam. Very nice lace. Aroma is richly malty (dark bread, cookie dough, caramel), fruity (plums, raisins), chocolaty, & yeasty (bubble gum). Silky, full-bodied feel. Complex, malty, yeasty flavour w/ a slightly sour edge.