Oakes (13270) - 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?
Rasmus40 (12882) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy dark brown with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, dried fruit, yeasty and a little alcohol. Flavor is rather sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. Full bodied, soft and smooth. Excellent balance. 120510
rlgk (12831) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 RERATE 060624. I loved this beer the very first time I had it. Since then I have tried it several times on both bottle and tap. And I just like it more and more each time. Simply wonderful, I just cant get enough of it.
(Old rating: 10/4/9/5/17)
Dark amber, nice lasting offwhite head. Great malty aroma with hazelnuts and other nuts, along with vanilla and malt. Malty dry and nutty flavor with vanilla and cream. Very complex and with a great body. Alcohol is well hidden.
brokensail (12479) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is a cloudy dark mahogany color without much head to speak of.
S: Good but not great aromas of sweet malt, caramel, and yeast. There might be a touch of alcohol as well.
T: I was a bit let down by the aroma, but the flavor does quite well to redeem itself. A slight warming feel of alcohol goes well with some dark fruits and sweet, caramel malt. The yeast is not as quite prominent as many other Belgian beers.
M: Even with the high level of carbonation, the body is still quite full.
D: The alcohol makes itself known more in terms of the subtle warmth it provides the beer but isnít aggressive by any means. The flavors are sweet but balanced and are helped out by the carbonation.
chrisv10 (12147) - DENMARK - JUN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2013 50 cl draft. Dark cloudy red/brown body with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruits and plume. Flavour is malt, yeast, dark fruits, plume, medium sweet and vinous.
bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of dark fruits backed by roasted caramel malt. Deep ruby tinged dark amber color with a beige head that quickly flattened. Medium bodied; moderate, nearly creamy, carbonation. The flavor is prune, molasses, raisin, brown sugar, wheat?, caramel malt. Smoothly fruity, sort of. The finish is sweet around the edges, with some bitter at the back of the mouth. It is to die for. Fortunately, only the bank account has to pass over. Got to get more.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy brown color with a thick beige head. Quite an impressive looking beer. Great flavor with a creamy finish and bountiful complexity make this brew quite a treat.
Theydon_Bois (12067) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home (from Spar, Popperinge) 20/10/12.
Slightly obscured copper brown with a thin tan head.
Nose is full of toffee, raisens, dates, yeasty tones, dark fruits, caramelised sugars.
Tastes follow nose, some hops, a degree of booze but well disguises, some spice.
Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation leading to a a dry and sweet finish.
A decent enough beer in itís own right but let down by being over carbonated and perhaps having had the real deal on the same day (Westvleteren 12) I was being over critical.
One to re-review having let it age for a few years.
gunnfryd (12066) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, malt, yeast, spices. Flavour is fruit, malt, yeast, spices, dried fruit, alcohol. World class beer.
argo0 (11957) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a medium beige head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is rich, raisin and rum, with a hint of banana. Flavor is fruity (mostly raisin, perhaps date &/or plum), malty and quite sweet (near bubble gum), with significant alcohol presence (though itís hard to guess itís at 10%). Altogether a very enjoyable beer, though Iíd appreciate it even more if it werenít quite as sweet.