beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 (12.30.05) 11.2 fl oz (330 mL) brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 10% ABV. Bottle label states that it is best consumed before 030310. Clear brown abbey ale having a small diminishing head with spare lacing. Soft carbonation. Sweet, yeasty, bread dough aroma. Full bodied that starts with creamy, rich, smooth malt sweetness and toffee/vanilla/fruity flavors. Finishes with light sweet malt aftertaste. Delicious, smooth and rich tasting. Best as a digestif. In a side-by-side comparison with St. Bernadus prior 8, the ales have a similar flavor but the abt 12 ale is sweeter and creamier. Much better tasting than the Westvleteren 12. UPDATE (04.14.06) On tap at Firkins, Libertyville, IL. Poured hazy amber with large white head. No discernable carbonation. Full bodied ale that starts with moderate sweetness and raisin/caramel flavors. Finished with light malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Excellent sipping beer. Rating stays the same.
badinplaid (106) - USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent brew...goes well with food....rich creamy head. Excellent bouquet and appearance
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought @ Steilacoom Wine and Brew. Bottle pours heady, and nose is breaddough, lots of yeast in the nose, sweetness, alcohol, dark fruits. Mouthfeel is very concentrated, smooth, with alcohol. This beer shows very dark and thick for a Belgian, maybe not with as many layers as some but dark and thick. I like the flavors, and can feel the alcohol as I settle back... Mmmmmm...
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BBD 120809: Licorice dominates the nose, with moldy bread and date notes; spicey nutty maltiness with brown sugar, molassas, and dark fruit highlights; I don’t detect any hoppiness or hop aromas/flavors, let alone any bittering balance; moderate to full body with a slick palate, lively carbonation and very well hidden alcohol; not quite as complex as expected, but still a very nice (x)trappist.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of dried apple, raisin, bread, yeast. Appears a murky brown color with a thick creamy off-white head. Flavor is toffee at the start, followed by spiciness, and an alcoholic heat at the finish. Palate is thick and creamy, but with a very dry finish. Overall, this beer is slightly greater than the sum of its parts.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2007 Aroma is quite fruity with notes of fruit spiced cake and spices. Dark brown, but very slightly reddish color. Head is two and half fingers, lasting and mostly creamy though there are some bubbles. Fore is again quite fruity with pear, apple, cherry and plum coming out. There is a very bready malt feel to it and some candy sugar sweetness. Almost tastes like a spiced apple liquor. It does lack in some areas. The flavor intensity isn’t quit as strong as I’d like. You can pick out quite a bit, but it doesn’t dazzle the palate as much as some others.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
"Wow this can be arguabley the best beer i have had so far. Pour a dark brown color with nice head that lasted long time and had nice lacing. Had a nice smotth mouthfeel. Smooth and a little creamy with a taste of dark fruits and nice spicies "
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and smooth. A nice serious mouth feel with an extraordinary warming feeling that is evidently the alcohol content but the best news of all is that you dont taste the alcohol.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours Mahogany with a frothy beige head with great lacing. Malt, caramel, cherry, plum and spices in aroma. Flavour is smooth and thick. Fruity and estery with some notes of yeast. Has a warming alco-feel. Excellent!!
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a dark brown with a foamy off-white head. The aroma is nice, but unremarkable. Drinking the beer is pretty enjoyable, it is malty and has some hints of vanilla, but there is something slightly odd about the middle or finish; I can’t quite put my finger on it. The mouth feel is smooth and thick. Overall a good Belgian, but I’ve definitely had better.