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!
jamaty (1242) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Marrón oscura, de espuma media, blanquecina. Aroma de caramelo, licórico y algo especiado. En boca buen cuerpo y gas medio, y un sabor moderadamente dulce con evidente base acaramelada y luego una serue de elementos más complejo con frutos secos, hongos... Alcohol presente sin exagerar. Sabrosa, pero no entre las mejores Bernardus.
shoulderbroken (2733) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 6, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is very nice, doughy and yeasty, rich and fruity too, plums, booze, caramel, toffee, all sorts of good stuff. Marzipan. Taste is rich, delicious, fruity and yeasty. Can’t see much difference from the regular 12, but I haven’t had that for a while. Although maybe this is a bit fruitier. Imagined it would be spicier.
rdb84 (324) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with frothy head. A: red pepper, boozy cherry aroma, generic plum/chocolate mix. T: christmas cake, red peppers, mixed with regular sb12. D: peppery, slightly boozy development with anise hints at the end. Aftertaste: bit peppery as well. I like the sb12 better, it has a deep sweet sensation that im missing here.
Martinus (3711) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown colour, white head. Aroma of banana, candy, caramel, banana candy, those yellow banana sweets. Sweet flavour, caramel, light bitter, apple and banana. Sweet finish, apple brandy, strong banana sweets.
(from 33cL bottle @ home)
xpndbl (1) - USA - MAY 2, 2015 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Houterig . In de nasmaak metalig . wel bekende volmondige smaak . Rook ervaar ik ook in de mond .
mateuszk (822) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours brown, a little hazy with minimal tan head. In aroma very complex, malty, caramel and toast, bread, dried fruits. In taste strong malty base, sweet, caramel, dired fruits with low mint finish. Medium bitter, full bodied, soft carbonation, alcohol present in good way. Very good quad.
rosenbergh (8556) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. I can’t remember where I got this...
Cloudy dark red colour with a small off-white head.
Fruity, cherry, tart, sourish and mild metal notes in the aroma. Lambic-ky.
The flavour is sweetness, syrup, malt, alcohol and mild dry fruits.
The lambic notes in the aroma makes this quite fresh. The flavour could have more of those elements.
Koskela (401) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 8, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet earthy and fruity aromas come from this deep red and hazy brew with a beige head. Full bodied malty sweet crisp with a ton of tiny carb bubbles. This is an abbey and well done.
Vighals (1982) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - APR 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mørk brunorange tåkete med høyt beige skum. Mørke frukter, svisker, gjær og karamell. Mest fruktig søtsmak, markert sviske, toast og noe brent karamellburterhet. Krydderier. Fyldig. Litt salt i avslutningen. Mye kullsyre
maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Overflowed a bit when I opened it. Pours a hazy darker brown color with a moderate off-white head on there. Nose has some hints of bread to it as well as some candied figs. Taste is slightly sweet and has some dark fruits coming through. OK, but not really my sort of thing.