brigg (499) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Dark brown body and huge, fluffy brown head. Powerful dark fruit aroma, sweet and vinous. Medium-full body is lively with carbonation on the tongue. Tingling sensation gives way to a very sweet brew - fruit, malt and some alcohol evident. Very sweet but complex.
CapFlu (4461) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) Purchased at Whole Foods in the Denny Triangle, Seattle, for $12.99. I was going to save this for Oakes weekend visit but his recent review clears the way for me to hoard this myself.. bah ha ha! Pours a lively, carbonated deep mahogany-brown beneath a lofty, foam beige head. Nose of prune, fig and Christmas spice. Taste comes across as thinly malted, iodine, pear, prunes, cherry, yeast and alcohol. Good stuff.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious dark strong. Kind of middle of the road for style, but one of my favorite styles and breweries still. Dark fruits, spices, bread and overall goodness. Some heat from the high alcohol and thoroughly enjoyable.
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown colour. Gorgeous head and lacing. Intense deep fruit - plum, raisin, breadcrust, chocolate and fresh apple - in the nose (yeah, those aren’t all fruits, I get that.) Big, strong, but smooth body with lovely fruit and milk chocolate character. Firm malty, alcholic and still fruity finish. Lovely brew.
BigMilly8 (384) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle : Pours very dark with what seems to be hints of red. A huge head, that stays around forever, kinda a little annoying actually. But it is big and white and fluffy. Fruit and spice are the main smells, but not as nice of a complex nose as some of there other offerings. Taste is again fruit and spice, pretty good though, and no alcohol that i can detect. Suprising how light bodied, being a Christmas ale and all, but i know, its Belgian. Smooth palate, pretty good over all, just wish the aroma was a little more pungent.
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 With Oakes and Gary from Beveridge in Seattle; billowy pour, deep and dark, not overly aromatic. mild in many ways. Alcohol is well-disguised. smooth and easy yet complex at the same time. not "too" anything. hint of smoke. a characterful sipper.
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[913-20071205] 750mL (w/ PhillyBeer2112, others). Weird fruity spice aroma has an earthy hint of orange zest alcohol. Dark dark red body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Still strange lightly spicy fruit in the flavour with a hint of sweet pencil lead and peppery chocolate. Medium body is lighter on the tongue than you think. Such a strange beer.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby red body, tan big bubble head. Strong raisin, caramel, spice aromas. Good, tastes like a strong, dark Belgian should.
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium sized head that dissolves quickly. Nice smell of dried fruit, spice, and malt with some alcohol and hops. Nico beer in a solid lineup of good brews from St. Bernardus.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2012 Cloudy brown body with a small light tan head. The nose is lightly sweet with caramel, plums and raisins. The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter with herbal hops, grapes, cotton candy and toffee. Medium body is soft with high, but gentle carbonation.