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!
HopsandBolts (112) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 bottle from the LCBO.
Appearance: Pours a murky brown with three fingers of dense tan head that lasts a couple of minutes. It then fades leaving little lacing.
Aromas: Belgian yeast, appricots and candied fruit.
Flavours: Candied fruit, Belgian yeast, prunes, plums, figs, hop notes.
Mouthfeel: Moderate viscosity with high carbonation.
Overall: A nice quadruple with lots going on in the way of aromas and flavours. It isn’t something I would want to drink all the time but it is nice on occasion like at Christmas.
beer_est_deus (750) - örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lite dimming och brun aktig med ett brun-orange skum. Doft: Belgo, örter, kola, frukt, "godis malt", läsk. Smak: Malt, must, belgo, läsk.
lukin (498) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Earthy red colour and large lively head. Malty, breads and caramel, dark fruit and apple. Spicy and boozy. Very lively carbonation. Nice winter warmer beer.
Beersiveknown (3264) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home from drinkstore
hazy dark chestnut with beige head collapsing to lacing. Fruity prunes, dates and candy sugar. Lively carbonation, fruity full bodied, sweet, apple. Fairly light bodied and not Ott on yeast esters.
lesifflebiere (1355) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Imposante mousse à la surface de cette bière rougeoyante mi-épaisse, qui présente aussi un nez acidulé qui rappelle même un peu les levures bretts, avec quelques fruits (baies, cerises) pour terminer. Bouche en punch aux fruits, riche et décadente, savoureuse et complexe, superbement balancée. Elle est un peu trop pétillante, comme c’est souvent le cas pour cette brasserie, mais il s’agit d’un de leurs fleurons, un délice de tous les instants.
high_on_hops (673) - Burlingame, California, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, hazy brown with an off-white head and lacing. The aroma is lots of spices like cinnamon and coriander with some dark fruit as well. The flavor is spices and rich malt up front with a solid backbone and slightly sweet finish over a heavy body.
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CRock (70) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown colour with a head that disappears quickly. I find its a fruitier version of the 12.
hman43 (412) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours brown with a full head that produces a fair amount of lacing. It has an aroma of fruit and spices. There is also a bit of alcohol and malts. Finally, there are earthly notes as well. There are flavors of spice, alcohol, yeast. It does have a moderate, dry bitter finish.
beertholomeus (893) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a burnt amber color with an off white head. Yeast, fruit, spice, malt and sugar aroma. Yeast, raisin, plum, apple, banana, fig, sugar , malt, caramel and spice flavors. Medium full body with lively carbonation. Fruit, yeast and caramel finish.
goozen (3070) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Lemmy's, Leiden: Dark brown colored brew with an sweet bitter taste, hints of chocolate, cinnamon and some banana.