islay (2104) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz. bottle. Sweet, classic Belgian aroma. Cinnamon and sugar scents. The smell is disappointingly weak. Pours a sparkling brown with a large amount of suspended particulate and a large amount of beige head. Produces limited lacing. Sweetness and alcohol dominate the flavor, which is similar to that of a barleywine. That’s unfortunate, as I am not a big fan of the barleywine style. Chocolatey. Bitter, English-style hops noticeable. Lacks the complexity and spicyness that make so many Belgian beers special. Bland. Little aftertaste. Full-bodied. Smooth and lively in the palate; very good texture. Easy to drink, which is impressive for a beer with such a high alcohol content. Light alcohol burn. I found St. Bernardus Abt 12 to be remarkably disappointing. I had heard great things about this beer, and it completely failed to live up to the hype. Sure, it’s drinkable, but it’s just boring.
mmmbeer (1378) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 This beer is not the greatest beer in the world despite what people say.
Brown color, decent head. Noticed the bubbles, going, and going, and going... if I wanted champaigne, I would have bought that. Good taste, but became bloated only an hour into the drinking of the bottle, which at the time I had only consumed half.
Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining. UPDATE (4-27-08)- resampled very early this morning- EXACTLY that same results as previously experienced- the score remains that same.
Fukito (1008) - Santiago, CHILE - MAR 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Cervecería Oldemburg, March 07. Yeasty aroma, with a spicy touch. Deep rich brown color with a medium beige head. Plums, a touch of dried fruits and some yeasty phenollics. Satisfying MF, a bit flat. Rich, flavorfull but a bit flat belgian strong dark ale. I expected more.
acearl (474) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brown hue with diminishing off white head, mininal lacing, alcoholic smell not overpowering taste but can feel the effects, closer to water than oil, medium body, molassas malt, dried fruit particularly prune tang, as it warmed it became very chocolatey, delicious and probably somehow nutritious.
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque mahogany with a nice head. Velvety mouthfeel. Sweet with some spice and dried fruits in the background. Very smooth despite the 10% alcohol content. Caramel-taste. Almost like flan.
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 33cl. Hazy brown colour with a tan head. Complex flavour with fruits, grapes & candy. Perhaps a wee bit alcoholic smell. Fuity flavour with plums, figs and candy. The taste isn’t alcoholic at all despite 10% ABV. Top-notch beer.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
For the availability and price of this beer compared to rochefort 10 or for that matter westy 12...it is a phenomenal beer that is a fantastic abbey quadruple that is great bang for your buck. Very lively and carbonated body that has excellent head retention. The palate is velvety smooth with a nice prickly presence from the carbonation. Lots of yeast characteristics to this beers aroma as well as some candied sugar and fruits. The flavor is very refined with some of the yeast coming through, some belgian candied sugars, some alcohol comes through too, but it is very welcoming in this big abbey beer. A great quadruple that is a perfect way to introduce people to this style of beer.
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity estery aroma with nice spec. B character. Quite direct and cockey. The flavour is figs, prunes, almonds and alcohol with a nice sweet finish. The palate is nicely carbonated which makes this beer very easy to drink.
Great abt, but it could use some more complexity.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Deep red pour with an off white head. Aromas of candied fruit, orange zest, malt, yeast and some light booze. Light citrus oin the flavor along with more candied fruit, lemon and lemon zest. Lively carbonation with dry sweetness throughout...dry, somehwta boozey finish. For a style I don’t care for , this was rather exceptional.
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Light tan head upon the pour, nice froth and lace on the edges of my Trappist glass. Dark mohogany color with lots of yeast. Notes of citrus and heavy fruits on the nose, I love the aroma on this beer. Plenty of raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, pear and banana under the malt tones. Chewy palate, malty taste finishing with dry alcohol, Belgian yeast and candy sugar. Finishes smooth on the tongue. This is right up there as one of my favorite Belgian brews, next to the Trappist Rochefort and Westvleteren beers.