csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.3oz bottle. 63.5į. NB worthy glass. Poured dark chocolate brown with a 1 1/2" billowy head. Lots of sediment floating at the bottom of the glass. The foam makes it home all over the sides of the glass. I am a foot or so away from the glass and the aroma is wafting up to me. When I bend down to smell it, the smell is malty, plums, raisins, bananas and yeast. The smell is wonderful. The taste is very similar to the aroma, with some breadiness to go along with all the dark ripe fruits and wonderful esters along with a big dose of dark brown sugar. Maybe it is because of the higher temp that I am enjoying this at, but the alcohol is noticeable, in fact it is a bit detracting. The finish is fruity and spicy with that alcohol coming through as well. The beer has a nutty, sweetish aftertaste. The mouthfeel is outstanding, it feels really full in the mouth, especially before the head dies down. This is a fine beer, it is more forward than Westys 12, which I found to be good, but restrained.
mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - FEB 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2013 nice aroma and decent body. very drinkable for its strength. sweet and fruity, a nice quad overall. 2/8/2005
2009 (4 yr old) vintage. massive caramel aroma with toasty chocolate flavor. much smoother and chewier than a new bottle. 4/2/2013
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle BB end 0f 2004, I carried it back from Belgium in early 2003. THis one was very excited to get out of the bottle! Big aroma with somewhat rancid dimensions, meaning medicine, phenols. Stale rasins, prunes, leather, maybe plums too, why not? All of that carries in the sweet malty body. I step outside on a crisp 2*C Nebraska eve to let the pug puppy out. A neighbor has a fire burning and smoke lingers in the air on this still eve...ah, how nice a rauch abt would be! The negative aroma comments fade, the beer highlights chocolate and honey of the dark sort. Some decent bitterness helps add some finesse. A fine fruit-laden beer.
HermanW (1016) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 A very good quadruple, very much taste and the most important, for me, not too much taste of the alcohol.
DanielBrown (3598) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Offie, Leicester. Very dark, verging on black, with a big ice creamy head. Tasty, strong aroma, laced with thick berries and wine. Some good elements here: smooth, insistent choc towards the finish; with a hint of raisin in the mouth. However I was put off a little by the icey, vodka wave of strength which hits almost immediatly. A little too overpowering for me, but I can see why itís so well regarded.
Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ten years ago I picked up a gift pack containg four different of the Bernardus beers. At the time, I thought the 12 okay but the 8 the star of the show. Nobody agreed with me. It looks like people still donít, but my preference is towards the middle versions of these similar lineups (Bernardus, Westvleteren, Rochefort). This is a dark murky brown with a thick foam. The aroma is unbalanced - all yeast (dust mainly, but some funk too), with hints of figs, plums and toffee. The flavour is better with chewy malt depths, more dates, a little bit of chocolate and a sturdy alcohol backbone. Actually, that alcohol is a little too sturdy. Fruitcake notes appear as well. The finish is quite alcoholic and sweet, with not nearly enough nuances to justify a rave. Itís rich, but not all that complex. Now, where can I buy that Prior?
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a gorgeous muddy brown color with ruby highlights and a thick light brown head. Mind blowing aroma of fruits, caramel, liquorice, alcohol, peppermint, spices and yeast ... well, I guess the aroma is kind of complex... Excellent flavor of fruits, caramel, liquorice, peppermint, spices and alcohol with a sweet finish. Medium body, very creamy and smooth texture, soft carbonation. This is Belgian heaven and the clouds are made of heavy dark malt.
boto (1789) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
33cl. bottle: I finally got around to trying one of these. It pours a cloudy, brown color. There was some off-white head to it, which died down fairly rapidly. The aroma was not quite as strong as I would have expected. Very pleasant, but a hair lighter. The aroma is rich and complicated. There are many kinds of fruits in the mix, but the complexity is making it hard for determining individual notes. The taste is superb. A complicated sweetness, with a tart underlying flavor. Fruits, caramel, heaven. Superb.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is by far the best beer Iíve tried. To me itís taste is perfection in every way. I feel like Iím in heaven (or heaven is in my mouth) when I drink this. The colour is dark brown with a nice frothy tan head that lasts and laces the glass. The aroma is so inviting you just wanna dive in. The taste is molasses, yeast, banana, figs and brown sugar...sweet aftertaste the alcohol is very well hidden. If this stuff were regularly available here Iíd turn into an alcoholic.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Something about the taste reminds me of gulden drak, but itís appealing brown shades and off white fizzy head make this one a strong ale keeper. Very good flavour of oranges and citrus. A tad strong on the body, but ever so smooth.