Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown body topped by a fluffy head. Aroma was sweet, tangy and 'fresh' smelling - like fresh picked citrus fruit. An interesting combination of bready malts, citrus tang, light fruit, and carbonation. Took a lot of warming for the palate to smooth out.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy tawny brown color with a highly carbonated head and not much lacing. The aroma is very yeasty at first, bready. Notes of citrus and plum with a surprising alcohol presence. Flavor is very well rounded and creamy with a solid mouthfeel and finish that is extra smooth. This was a great belgian ale, very refreshing with all the qualities of a well crafted BSA.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy mahogany with big white head and looks to be leaving a fair amount of lacing behind as it leaves. Bready aromas with underlying fruits: plums and light citrus. Flavor mostly of sweet malt, a little of the bread/yeast found in the nose is apparent. A nice creamy palate is finished with a kick of alcohol. I'm liking this BA.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this after the Grotten, color is the same brown, head is smaller, just crosses the glass. The aroma is the big difference, much less aromatic. Plum and brown sugar sweet mixed with yeast flavors, I was expecting something lighter. Good beer though.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer as it sets in the St. Bernardus Trappist glass a very deep cherry, almost brown with the head a light tan majestic crown that is somewhat creamy in its texture and the lace a satin veil to seal of the glass. The aroma of sweet malted grains, over ripe plums, yeast, crisp and fresh with a bit of tartness, a real treasure to the senses, start is sweet malt and the top middling in its feel. Finish is humane in its acidity with the hops cordial in their spiciness, aftertaste is dry, slightly sour, a fine quaffing brew.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark amber color with a frothy white head. Soft malty aroma with hints of banana and toffee. Flavor is medium bodied, somewhat subtle. Finish is dry and a little bitter. Was anticipating a more robust, complex flavor. Still well done.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - OCT 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color. Nice aroma, malt, candi sugar, fruity (banana), esters. Dry mouthfeel, nutty, roasted hazelnuts; caramel and malt; quite bitter.
omhper (18327) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. dark ruby with rich head. Vinous, deep toffee aroma. Softly maltym some banana, deep malt character. Raisiny and rather sweet.
skortila (4178) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity and malty aroma. Brown coloured with a lasting head. Taste is not very strong, however okay; Fruity and malty, perhaps some spices. Balance is okay, however I expected more from a Bernardus brew. This one is a bit flat.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby redish brown with the predictable St. B's creamy head. Has an earthy aroma that is laced with fruit (raisins?), yeast and malt. Creamy mouthfeel with some dryness at the end. Flavor isn't as complex as the others I've had from this brewery. Fruit and malt are present yet not strong enough. Seems like a weak dubbel in my opinion.