lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark, hazy brown with a huge, dense, tan head. Very lacy. Aroma is very fruity. Tart apples with a light alcohol smell. Some raisin and winey aromas as well.
Taste is very fruity. Spiced apples and white raisins. Some port flavors hanging around, dancing in and out of the alcohol. Caramel and molasses. Part of this flavor profile reminds me of mulled wine.
Mouth is sweet and sticky. Really smooth for 10% ABV. This is excellent but could be aged just a bit to blend the alcohol flavors better. Lived up to the hype for me...
MoritzF (8676) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Murky brown colour with a foamy tanned head. Yeasty nose with dried fruits and caramel. Soft sweet flavour and a complex taste rounded up with elements of spicy liquorice, nuts and plums on a toastmalty bed with a bittersweet finish. The alcohol is good embedded.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 750 mL. Pours a deep brown color with a thick and lasting white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with hints of caramel and toffee. Rich and sweet flavor with hints of caramel and brown sugar along with a roasted nut taste. Some alcohol burn near the end of the bottle but not offensive. Great beer.
Ughsmash (7276) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 Poured a deep reddish-amber with about 1" creamy ivory head. Some sediment noted. Excellent head retention. Floral and fruity aroma with grapes, apples, and oak coming through. Full-bodied, and powerfully complex flavor, but the fruit and oak were very well balanced. Mouthfeel was creamy, yet well-carbonated. Fruity aftertaste was very pleasant, and the beer warmed the stomach well. I am assuming that this is a recent vintage (expiry date 7.20.09), so I will put the rest of these away for a few years, and re-rate at that point.
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark, dark red/brown. nice lasting off-white, fizzy head. yeasty, fruity aroma. bready, sweet taste, somewhat fruity, and a little alcohol in there too, but it is well balanced, for 10%. medium/full bodied, with crisp carboation. good, complex beer.
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer. Pours a nice dark amber with quite a bit of sediment. Aroma is what you would expect from a great belgian. It’s sweet, malty and slightly caramelly as well. Flavor is well balanced and you really can’t tell this is 10% . It’s malty, and caramelly, and belly warming all at once. Truly deserving of its high rating.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a mostly clear amber color. Aroma and flavors of fruit with sugar and alcohol and a touch of cherry. Semi-dry. Not too sweet and nicely balanced. Slightly smokey.
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very complex strong Belgian. Head stays with the drink the entire time just about. The alcohol taste was a little too up front and not very well hidden. At times was almost coming across as having wine like characteristics. I actually like some of the other St. Bernardus beers better, but this is still a solid beer.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured iced tea brown with an off white head. Noticable yeast floating in the body with a good amount of carbonation. Sweet malty aroma with hints of fruits. Flavor was sweet bread with a variety of fruits: apple, pear, strawberry, and plum. Creamy texture with a huge malt body. Finishes dry and is a little on the sweet side.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Publick House. Dark brown with a large foamy head. Largely malty aroma, spiced brown bread, pears, raisins. Incedibly well-balanced, soft, rich and sweet, all kinds of fruits swirling around, some alcohol burn. A beautiful and delicious beer.