doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy brown with a big offwhite head, laces the glass. Smells sweet and slightly fruity with yeast, etc. Tastes the same, sweet and caramelly with lots of yeast character and fruity sweetness. Medium body, good carbonation.
chrisv10 (13463) - DENMARK - NOV 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cl bottle. HAzy brown/red with big tan head. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, yeast and spices.
Strykzone (5898) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A true gusher during the pour. Dark brown and cloudy. A big funky looking light tan head leaves thick lacing. The aroma is sweet citrus and passion fruit with a bit of Fall spices. Flavor is dark fruit, yeast, alcohol, and bread. Feel is smooth. My only disappointment is not tasting any spice. Still, this was an excellent beer from a brewer that knows how to brew great beer.
mcberko (10565) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe, pours dark reddish brown. Aroma of caramel and dried fruits. Flavour is sweet, though not too overburdening - with elements of figs / dates and burnt caramel.
wolfenstein62 (48) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Brown in color with a rocky head, Sweet Candied Pecans and Malts in the nose. Flavor is not as sweet as expected, but still sweet... then a little hops shows up. Very complex, and fairly long in the after taste. Great Mouthfeel!!!
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost a clear brown/red brew with a tall off-white head. Scent is strong over ripe fruit. Taste is malty, fruity and bready. Not as sweet as I feared.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky brown with a thin khaki collar, he eventually settles under a paper-thin film which lingers throughout most of our tasting session. Bready and rich comes to mind upon putting my nose deep into his, so deep that when I come back up for air a droplet of Christmas dangles from the tip of mine. Pureed prunes, dates, and raisins settle into a rich sauce of caramelized sugars, brown especially, while his dark fruit presence weighs heavy upon my heart. I have a suspicion that my St. Bernardus Christmas is going to make up for the other’s lighter disposition in spades. Full-bodied and uber-creamy, I revel in the first of many slow and steady sups. Spice teases the back of my throat while warmth immediately starts her slow crawl through my chest. Heavy and dark sweet breads abound while all those wonderful dark fruits now find themselves getting happily drunk in a vat of aged rum. A hint of candied fruit and candied sugar sweetness pokes her head from under the dark delights, but she doesn’t last long which is fine and dandy with me. Quaff and repeat, I slowly savor his powerfully balanced palate of decadent Christmas delights. I wasn’t lounging with a snifter in front of a fireplace, but that sounds just about right.
St. Bernardus is an easy buy. You can never go wrong. All their beers are quite literally fanfreakingtastic. From the fluffy spiced Wit to the ageable Abt. 12 to a chewy holiday treat like their Christmas Ale, St. Bernardus is truly blessed.
holdan (260) - USA - NOV 4, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark with nice head. Aroma malt, yeast, metallic. Taste sweet malt, yeast, christmas spices, some bitterness. Alcohol notable. Medium body, text thick. Not comparable to St B 8 or 12.
Niko100 (2389) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy color; Aroma of sweet malt, some yeast, dark fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, dark fruit (notably plums & apples), caramel, raisons, and cinnamon; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, really good seasonal brew.
Abio (1817) - Waasland, BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Hans. Very dark brown, like black. A big beige head that holds nice and sticks nice. Smell is sweet; dark fruits, caramel, very spiced. Very sweet taste, some nuts, fruity, candy. A bit to sweet at some point. Warming alcohol, really a beer for the winternights. Nice brew.