jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 (bottle BB 161109): Pours a dark brown color, reddish slight orangish color. Dull tannish head, good lacing. Very grapey dark fruity taste, some spice leather-like. Some olher fruit like mango or something. But somewhat faint. Fizzy dark fruit, dark leather aftertaste, then mellowing. Musky-like. Too heavy a flavor for my liking. Light grapes too, as it warms up.
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown murky body, dense head, and good lacing. Fruity and spicy aroma with dark fruit, white pepper, bready yeastiness, honey, caramel, and dark sugar. Quite strong esters. Taste was deep and malty, with a typical St. Bernadus yeast edge to it. Very grainy and bready. Good, substantial mouthfeel with low/medium carbonation. Decent.
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown nice thick head...fruity aroma and taste. Good Belgian Ale. Goes down fast.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ahh, a bottled treat. Clean copper color, average foamy head nice lacing. Heavy sweet malt aroma with notes of honey, caramel and some dark fruit and undertones of bread. Biscuity flavor, malty, medium bodied. Dry puckery finish.
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very deep amber pour with decent head. Aroma is mild but good, sour and slightly fruity. Flavor is yeasty and sour with a dark maltiness. Very good. Palate is nice too, not too thick like the 12.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Wildeman, Amsterdam. Pours very dark, nearly black with a one-finger small bubble slightly tan head, laces strongly. Aroma is berries and an overarching fruitiness, with a tinge of spice and some dark sugar sweetness. Some yeast character also evident. Slight alcohol at first taste, with dark fruits and caramel coming forward. Slightly rasping, bitter finish with a bit of an off-putting flavor in the aftertaste. Palate is watery and a bit slight, although soft with medium carbonation. Yeah, a bit boring all around - not much to say here.
Fin (8199) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours a hazy brown colour with smaller head than expected. Some fruit, yeast and spices on the nose, taste was a bit dissapointing although I would say it did improve as I made my way down the glass, there was an obvious malty sweetness and yeast again evident but overall I found that it lacked the fullness and complexity of itís two stronger stablemates.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured this into itís very own St. Bernardus goblet. The body poured a dirty brown. There were ruby highlights when held to the light but otherwise itís opaque. The head was a random swirling on top and deeper along the sides of the goblet. Looks how some of the better Belgiums look. Somewhere inside of that murky body you just know you are going to get tons of flavor.
The first smell of this had my mouth instantly watering. There is so many different aromas coming from the glass. Dark fruits start it all off. Overripe plum and bing cherries. Something in there brings to mind brandy. Thereís an underlying mustiness and even some mild cocoa powder.
The flavor is tough to describe.The dark fruits come through nicely along with some candied fruit. The mustiness/earthiness is in the taste as well. Old cracked leather comes to mind but that probably has to do with the earthiness. About mid-palate you get a small heat from the alcohol that by the finish it shows itself perfectly. Very nice!
The mouthfeel is coating and slightly surprisingly a little thinner than I expected making it go down extremely easy. A small tingle on the back of my tongue. Slight alcohol fumes come through at the finish.
Drinability is very high for a beer of this type. There are a number of different flavors but they go together so well itís easy going down. Iím drinking this a little too fast but itís hard not to. The moderate alcohol makes it easier to drink as well.
This is a very well made dubbel. Pick this up if you see it. I got this in their gift pack along with the 8, tripel, and 12. I was looking for a single or 750 of this the other day but didnít see any. I would love to find it in single bottles. An expertly crafted beer.
Avatar (84) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAY 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,33 bottle. Dark brown. Medium small bubbles pillow head with medium-high carbonation. Flavour is nicely complex - just i little bit watery but sweet, metallic, earthy, just a little bit hoppy and dry, and delicate mix of some not sour fruits. Could be a bit more consist, but anyway - this is very adorable.
acearl (414) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 24 hours memory but want to add because it was really great as are most of St. Bernardus I have tried. 12oz bottle, brown pour with tan frothy diminishing head, lively carbonation, watery texture contrasts the medium to full body, lightly nutty, bit of a cirtus tang, very nice, almost a session beer, not too complex, I could have put several down.