JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy, brown colored body with a very thick, boldly bubbled, light-khaki colored froth that lazes around throughout the whole drink. Smells of wine, both a dark port and a light buttery-apple chardonay. Its a very inviting smell has me salivating. Mouthfeel is thin and sleek like wine, with a savory creamlike quality. Nearly no carbonation. Alcohol floods the palate along with deep, well defined fruity malts: apple and dark grape. As the fruit flavors gingerly disipate, the taste moves to caramel, then finishes slightly bitter at the very end. This is a pleasing beer, but suprisingly, I liked the Weyerbacher Quad a bit more as it presented more balanced flavors. This beer drinks more like a wine and the alcohol is somewhat distracting. Still, an excellent beer deserving of its current rank. Now, I really can't wait to see how my Westvleteren 12 is going to taste. Sampled in an 11.2oz bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Vienna, VA.
thedm (4867) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew poured a large head of mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left an excellent lacing and a uncarbonated hazy brown colored body behind. Its aroma is nicely malted and its mouthfeel is vinuous due to the high alcohol content for which no attempt to hide it has been made yet it is still smooth considering how high it is. Its flavor is that of malt and caramel which are well hidden my the vinuous alcohol flavor.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy dark brown with a thick brown head that thins quickly but lasts through to the end. Beautiful aroma of malt and some fruitiness. Initial taste is malt with lots of spice coming through to finish. Nice lacing. Thick body and mouthfeel with some tingle on the tongue. Alcohol is apparent but doesn't overpower.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m trying to drink St. Bernardus out of a Corsendonk glass but the thick foamy, light chocolate colored head, is preventing me. ** The beer is large with a malt aroma, smells like a bourbon. The appearance of the beer is a deep amber almost crimson/black, I’m amazed at its nearly opaque body. This is another beer that has lacing like insolating foam; it never subsides and sticks to the glass forever. The flavor is rich, it’s magically complex, I can make out flavors like, prune, apricots, raisons, figs, its all very fruity and earthy, I also am picking up hints of the yeasts. The mouth feel is soft, and the palate is oily, yet this ale finishes ever so dry. This is a great beer, the first time I have ever sampled it, and my beer store now has it packaged in 750’s, which I will be taking advantage of very soon.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I never comment on the label of a beer I'm rating, but I'm gonna throw in with Togbean and ericnixon and say that the dude on this label is waggin' his finger at me like he knows I just finished doing something... unholy. Anyhoo... I liked this beer. The aroma was cidery, and the color was almost a true brown strangely enough. Maybe the light was bad. The flavor is initailly fruity(?), but fades to something almost chocolaty. Tangy but smooth, and easy to drink.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2005 Appears very similar to the Rochefort 10, deep brown yet with light behind it, a beautiful deep reddish amber. Tan head is thin but creamy and also quite like the Rochefort. Aroma is sweet, fruity and malty. Mouthfeel is crisp yet creamy and full bodied. Really smooth. Has a wonderful big fruity malty flavor. The aroma and flavor here are in my opinion brighter and bigger than the Rochefort. I could drink a few of these quite easily. This ale is quite impressive, I’m extremely pleased to be drinking it.
4/14/05 11.2 oz bottle. Best by 15.09.09. The aroma’s there and body is sharp but full and nice.This one’s too young. Needs time for yeast to do its thing.
TogBean (47) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another night of good and some not so good beer with Mr. Nixon. I also found the leering man on the label a little off-puttin ( "Lady, you're not supposed to be drinkin' this brew. It's for the menfolk only") but tried it anyway. It's a nice dark beer with a tan head, alcohol is stong in the aroma and Cider is present also. I like a beer that feels thick, almost thinly syrupy on the tongue and this one does. Wonderful. Not too carbonated, malty, fruity and smooth. A good one to trot out in front of (good)beer drinking friends.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was hesitant to have this because of the wacky guy on the label. he weirded me out for some reason. anyways, It was dark brown and pretty cloudy. it had a taste that strongly reminded me of cider. pretty good, but not hugely amazing.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice head and dark brown color. It had a spice overtone with suitable complexity. Strong alcohol bite.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Has a fruity apple cider and sweet malt aroma. The body is nicely carbonated, with vinous notes, dark fruit, apple cider, and a touch of spice clinging to the tongue. Alcohol is warming but not overbearing, and the tight carbonation enhances the mouthfeel. Still, I prefer the Prior 8.