DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge, thick, bubbly tan head. Dark amber-brown color. Sweet, brown sugary, malty, fruity aroma with some hop presence and some light spiciness. Mouth-watering dark candi sugar and sweet malt flavors, with dried dark fruits (cherries, raisins, dates, figs), fresh apples, caramel, a hint of cocoa, and a hint of hops. Smooth, silky, velvety mouthfeel that dries up nicely in the finish. Really great stuff, well balanced and with a huge range of flavors. St. Bernard Brouwerij never disappoints.
unclemattie (4330) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle Enjoyed in my St. Bernardus, Watou glass. reddish brown color, white head. Smells like a Belgian Ale. Aroma of dried fruits. Tastes is very light and easy to drink. Flavors of crisp fresh tree fruits like apples or pears. Very odd due to the color. I expected more caramels or chocolate. Very balanced.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 11.2 oz bottle. Used Trappist glass. Very large head that lasted quite a while. Lots of bubbles, reminded me of a hard cider in appearance. Dark, reddish brown in color, but still could see through it. Very yeasty smelling. LOVED the smell. Tasted hints of fruit right away, apples, maybe? Caramel and chocolate detected. The finish has quite a kick to it, almost a spiciness, hot flavor left in mouth...Very good. Very fun to drink.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a medium reddish brown color w/a moderate white head. Not as heavy as some of their other brews, lighter w/a floral aroma. Had some sweetness, spice, with a yeasty, doughy flavor. Maybe some traces of figs/raisins/dates. Had some effervesence to it, a little kick. Long. light, fruity finish.
Schroeder (2) - USA - DEC 29, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Served in chilled goblet. Delicious Trappist ale with notes of banana and caramel.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Pours a murky, brown color with deep garnet highlights; head is off-white, lasting, creamy, and somewhat full with tight Belgian lacing. Nose is fainter than the elders, but very complex; notes of fig, light banana, lots of apple, darker fruits, and some clove, brown sugar, and molasses in there. Flavor is fainter than expected; light chocolate, faint fig, light roast, and apple with some clove and Belgian estery yeast. Palate is lively, more than medium, and creamy but with an almost hot alcohol note. Finishes short and bittersweet with some spice and clove; not too appealing. Overall, not too bad, like a toned down version of the bigger brothers, but just lacking in all the boldness and richness of the others. The nose was appealing but the flavor left a void in the beer.
MarkBarnes (386) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, part of a four-bottle St. Bernardus sampler complete with logo’d Trappist glass. Could almost be "Prior 8 Light" -- the mark of St. Bernardus is all over this, but it’s a bit more fizzy and almost-watery at the finish than its stronger sibling. Nevertheless, I’d have one of these anytime.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cL bottle from A-1 to-go in Gardiner. Dark brown body with almost an inch of off-white head and ruby-red highlights. Smells roasty malty, kind of caramelly. Aroma is a bit light though. Tastes fruity, roasty, with some caramel and just a hint of chocolate. Some peatiness toward the finish. On the upper side of medium-bodied with some carbonation, but not too much. Wow. This beer is fantastic. One of the best Dubbels I’ve ever had.
oh6gdx (21814) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Brown, hazy colour with big fluffy off-white head. The head vanishes quite quickly though. Leaves slight lace. Aroma is nuts, slight spices and dry dark fruit. Flavour is malts, caramel, spices. Maybe a slight dissappointment if having the 12 in the thoughts, but still a good little brother, though a lot emptier. By no means a bad brew, hides the alcohol well and is quite pleasantly mixed.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - DEC 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A red/brown beer, with a dense, big head. Nutty aroma. Malty flavour, with spices and some winey and licorice notes. The body is good, but too light for my taste. This is the only little problem with this good beer.