ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a dark brown color with a beige colored head. Aromas of fruit, spice, baked bread, and caramel are present. Flavor is full bodied with spices and fruit along with a strong malty background of chocolate, caramel, and bread.
rudolf (2344) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich amber/brown, huge fluffy tan head. Nose is a slightly spicy raisin malt, rich oakey cherries, fruitcake. Lingering roasted/burnt fruit finish. Flavor is toffee, raisin, fruitcake spice. The alcohol isn’t overpowering but helps to dry it out. Toffee, light cork, oxidization, fruit in the finish.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle from World of Beer (Westchase). Rated on 3/25/08. Pours a dark brownish-red with a thick, frothy tan head. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, malt and sweet molasses. Flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, roasted malt, candy sugar, and bread. Lively carbonation and medium to full-body. Well-balanced generally but the alcohol comes through more as it warms.
markwise (4867) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL bottle from World of Beer in Tampa. This was one of the best finds I have made at WOB. This beer pours an amber-brown color with a small amount of frothy head. It had an aroma much like the ABT 12, but it had a sugary caramel and dark fruit flavor to it. Heavy in the mouth and in the stomach, but very sippable. Good beer.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bottle. Giant fluffy head. Spicy bread pudding nose. Dry spicy Belgian toffee and coffee cake taste. Amazing licorice, molasses and allspice taste.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bready, yeasty, spicy holiday goodness. Pours out a dark orangish red. Really smooth caramel notes. Not quite up to the other bernardus beers that I have had, but it’s still a good beer. Cheers!
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle. Pours a dark leather color. Medium sized, off white head. Aroma of cinnamon and honey. Very active carbonation, quite fizzy. Bready malt flavor. Peppery finish with hints of bananas.
trevor211 (1440) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not quite up to the Abt. 12, but this is incredibly tasty. Pours a deep, deep brown with a huge frothy head. Warm aroma with fruit (banana), bread and candy sweetness. Flavor is caramel, brown sugar, spices, and a bit of a good banana bread. The earthy yeast flavors balance the fruits wonderfully well, creating a deep, complex and very, very good beer.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nose of yeasty malts and chocolate; bread-like mellows to a banana-y scent. pours a dark ruby brown. large frothy white head with little lacing that doesn’t last too long. chalky, banana, pear with some dark undertones.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[bottle] Burnt caramel pour with a large tan head. Aroma of bready yeast and candi sugar. Initial flavor is tart apples, followed by the spices, caramel, and some alcohol burn. Pretty complex flavors.