beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out a dark brown to settle a nearly mat black with a small sense of brownness to its body. Very heavy looking and an impressively tall capping to top it off of light crispy brown foam thats a bit rough and tumbled. Kinda crunchy looking at first but developes into a moderately creamy bubbleness and density as it sits. It keeps well and stretches all sorts of wonderful lacing that looks of wet powdered sugar.
Nice lofty aroma of cookie dough and spice. Crisp yet round with a full on malt tilt of breads and dark fruits. Mostly figgy, touch of raisin, perhaps some dates and molasses covering the big breadyness. Nice yeastyness to it which seems to be adding a root beerish type of hints to its dryness. Slender hops add some grassyness to its spicy complexity which included some anise, cinnamon, mint, and ginger cookies.
Flavors are bold, lasting and carry alot of what the smell leads to with its big maltyness and yeastified balance. Firm grip of dark candish malts leads right in with a nice holiday cake-like dimension of figgyness first, then dark cherry, dates, chocolate covered raisins, and then the peppy spices. Notes of root beer, anise, pepper, carrot cake, and ginger make their way in and out of the malty doughy darkness but linger mostly across its finish with a slender, delicately woven dryness of grassy hops. Pretty damn solid! Perhaps not quite a match to the Abt 12, but damn if its not close!
Feel is big, bold, and beautiful. The girth is massive in the body of this stuff. Heavy yet smooth, crunchy and crisp yet creamy with a whole lotta malts to create an exceedingly thick bread/cake-like structure of body. Not to mention the subtle details of yeasty play, dark fruity tang, perfectly intensed warmness, hoppy dryness, and spice. Which all lasts forever and a day the second it spills on to your palate.
Wow! Great stuff! No big surprise really. St. B knows how to impress and this is perfect for the holidays!
HoppyBudgie (812) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0,75 Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Fruits, light raisin, spice (cloves and cinnamon) in the nose. Flavour of dried fruits, alcohol, spice, ligth cocoa and liqourice. Full bodied. Marcipanny alcoholdense end. Exellent beer. Gonna age nicely also
joeneugs (3685) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home while cooking some carbonnade a la flamande. It pours a cloudy brown color with a large, fizzy head that disappears quickly. The aroma is very sweet with baked bread, over ripe plums, apples, raisins and some cinnamon/baking spices. The flavor is very full bodied and rich with more intense fruity flavors of plum, raisin, dates, fig and nice baking spice notes. The alcohol is noticeable, but not oppressive. The finish is sweet with more baking spice especially in the aftertaste. Warming and comforting, just like the Abt 12.
Vells (824) - Riga, LATVIA - FEB 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cant say this one is much about christmas - light "christmasy spices". Otherwise, very nice Belgian strong ale. Intense dried fruitiness, ripe fruits. Lovely malt orchestra in background, caramel, light roast, candy, bit yeast. Bit warming alco kick in finish
Bit overcarbonated for my like, but anyways - very nice
WonBall (15) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A respectable strong Belgian ale, more outwardly flavorful and less subtle than the St B 8 that I like so much. Worth having when it is available. 2014 edition sampled in DFebruary 2015. Perhaps I should have waited a year.
gripweed57 (823) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Cloudy brownish colour. Small beige head. Big alcohol nose. Good job, nicely done.
JohnGalt1 (651) - , Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 shared with a work buddy... 2014 bottling.. Pours a deep walnut but still shows good clarity, khaki head sticks around forever with nice lacing. Toasty with a bit of spice cake essence.. Not as rich as some of the other Quads but still very respectable.. Very high carbonation IMO, pretty burpy.. With warmth, the spices bloom a little more than I appreciate.. Nothing wrong with it, I just prefer the Abt 12 better.
DCLawyer (1617) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml to stem. Amber brown with huge frothy offwhite head. A: dark fruit, malt, spice. T: zesty fruit, spice. Perfect balance. Outstanding.
troyc (2776) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Hazy dark brown pour with a large pillowy head. Nose is of sweet dark fruits, cinnamon, clove and molasses. Flavors include Christmas spices, caramel, fruitcake, figs, plum, toffee and brown sugar. Nicely balanced. Rich palate. Alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff.
deaconmike (410) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Dark caramel with tan foamy/mountainous head; seafoam lacing. Aroma is sugary sweet with light dark ripe fruit, toffee and Belgian yeast. Taste is very sweet with warm from the alcohol. Really nice creamy mouthfeel. Nice winter warmer.
ermaki (21) - - FEB 6, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cerveza típica navideña, sabor intenso con leves toques de caramelo, no se nota su fuerte graduación, para mi gusto se hace pesada ,es una cerveza para compartir.Me sigo quedando con la bernardus normal