WingdSoldier (46) - - FEB 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ivory coloured beer with a fruity aroma and a wholehearted flavour. Very nice and long afterflavour too.
ej (751) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky dark brownish with a tan head that leaves plenty of lacings. Aroma of fruity banana esters, sweet candy and lightly toasted malts. Hints of vanilla, and dried fruits. Taste is sweet but not overly, lots of fruityness here, some candy and finishes with an ever so lightly bitter note. Full bodied with a thick and somewhat fizzy feel.
remice2 (6) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Première critique depuis l’échec total de la perte de mots de passe, tout recommencer à zéro! Grosse quadruple de st bernardus toujours aussi délicieuse! Arômes de dates,prunes..mures sauvages fruits rouge confits, quelques traces de caramel suivis de vanille timide mais présente. Au gouts c’est extrêmement bien balancé,belle chaleur d’alcool pétillement délicats, soyeuse légèrement liquoreuse mais pas trop sucré,arrière gouts terreux et joliment boisé.Se boit très facilement et c’est tant mieux.(a faire des réserves pour l’automne-hiver). Trop bonne!
Inbreak (2194) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Old rating rertated 22.10.2014, 0,33l bottle shared with a colleague @ hotel room in Ulsteinvik:
Nice slightly fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, candied sugar, dried dark fruits, yeast, grass, caramel malts, flowers, alcohol, banana. Taste is slightly harsh boozy, grass, sugar, alcohol, burnt caramel, harsh yeast, almond essence, caramel malts, paper, dried dark fruits. Medium bitterness, slightly dry and harsh mouthfeel. Fair enough.
mjik83 (169) - - OCT 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl flesje via Jumbo, Maastricht
Alcoholpercentage van 10%
Uitgeschonken in Grimbergen glas
Uiterlijk: donkerbruin met dikke witte schuimkraag
Aroma en smaak: rozijnen, donker fruit, caramel, zoetbitter
Conclusie: bekend abdijbier, lekker in de donkere dagen van het jaar, warm
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Beerkenstock (49) - - OCT 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drink cool, 10-12°C
Eye: Pours a dark brown colour with a slwly dissipating white to beige head. low carbonation though.
Nose: dark malts chocolate, sweets.
Mouth: reminds me a bit of a straffe hendrik at first. lots of dark chocolate malts, not so much coffee, sweets, dark fruit, sweet but not too much.
Palate: chocolate and dark dried fruit.
Overall: nice belgian beer but definitely not the most complex.
gregorymconway (91) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle from the LCBO. Huge foamy off-white head on top of a deep-dark ruby red/brown brown that’s almost black and opaque. Aromas are really what sets this beer apart as one of the 100 percentile: it has some wine-like qualities, some alcohol is present on the nose, black licorice, cherry, wet wood, plum, cocoa, raisin and some vanilla. It has an elevated alcohol presence, however it is well integrated to seem lesser than what is actually there. It is smooth and almost creamy for it’s full-bodied nature.
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"one of the better early Belgians. The mouthfeel and flavor would maybe get a higher score, but the yeast takes the carbonation too high for me, and really gives it a flavor common to many Belgians...not a bad thing, but not completely unique either. Good, but a little overrated? 3/09 - had with the Rochefort line-up and while it wasn’t as good in my mind as the 10, it did ok. the abv is more noticeable and takes away from the feel and flavor, compared to the 10-not as smooth and a little more harsh and spicy, but still good. same scores."
UrbanCaveman (16) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at Beer House in Lombard, IL.
A: Arrived in the snifter as a deep, hazy cherrywood hue, with a lovely thick head that fell quickly into a white cap and left crazy lacing on the snifter.
S: Malt candy, for lack of a better term. Sweet bready caramel sugars, wreathed through with raisin and plum notes, and something that reminds me of an oaken single malt scotch barrel.
T: Oh, that is glorious. Malt candy, indeed - yeasty caramel sweetness right up front, uncut by any hoppy notes. Raisin, plum, cherry, and fig notes writhe through this delicious beer, with some faint woody-oaky echoes. The finish is pure Belgian yeast, with a boozy warmth and some echoes of fruit and sugar.
M: Liquid silk, coating and clinging to every surface of mouth and throat, like drinking molten butter with more flavor.
O: Just a fantastic and wonderful experience, and a beer I go back to again and again.
Zakoon (62) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ Fermentoren Cph. Pours dark amber/reddish brown with a thick off-white head. Aroma is malty, yeast, herbs, dark fruits and brown sugar. Flavour is sweet, alcohol, dark fruits and caramel. It’s well-balanced. Not too sweet, full bodied, medium carbonation. Finish is light and soft, a little fruity.
DW78715816 (63) - Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is an experience. Truly an excellent beer. Beautiful dark brown appearance with a thick foamy head. Incredible malty aroma. Smells a little sweet and citrus as well. Taste is malty, sweet, slight citrus and bitterness. Finishes dry with little after taste. Wonderful and complex. Too much going on for me to properly describe. It is delicious. This is a game changer to my definition of a great beer. Many of my old favorites just don't stand up to this.
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