beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is a very nice dark mahagony that’s not quite clear but resonates a delightful glow. Expansive and tall foamy crown of dusty brown cream which remains for a good while. A solid thin waffle edging continues to stay present the whole glass down; impressive. Whispy webbed and tinkling lace is established all over the glass side as the cosuming progresses.
Aroma is very nice and soft with a somewhat crispy edge to it. Dark and dried cherry, banana, mixed berries, lemon waffer cookies dotted with powdered sugar and some touches of spicy yeast and phenols. Solid aroma and gets some interesting little hints and nuances as it warms, I keep thinking of a chocolate bread with cherries in it and those little lemon tea cookies as I continue to wiff it in. Yum!
Tastes are just as becoming as the wonderful display of aromas, soft and well rounded with the perfect carbonation that sits slightly dry quickly getting drier but never overly so with notes of the chocolate, berries, cherries, yeast, and lemon cookie crumbs. Quite a treat that remains smooth and inviting the whole way through. Complexing, subtle, and yummy. Super drinkable as it is beyond the threshold of any normal beer. Yet is thee calling card of the St. Bernardus line of yummy delightful treats. Drink and be merry just like the monk on the label. No wonder he looks so happy, he gets to drink this stuff everyday. Good stuff!
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color, light sweet fruity malty aroma and taste, medium body, light sweet finish.
jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super hazy brown coloured body with a dense yellow tan head. Aroma of pale malt, light raisins, caster sugar & light fruits. Light to Medium-bodied; Mild malt flavour with some noticeable pit fruit & sweet qualities, but not much else. Malty/cardboard finish with some spices at the tail end. Overall, a decent beer, the Prior 8 & Abt 12 were better for their styles, though! This one is worth trying if you liked the other ones or like ’lighter’ abbeys. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia on 31-July-2004 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
maeib (8304) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2011 Bottled - Oxford BF. A dark brown beer with a good white head. A fruity malty aroma and taste with that added Belgian sweetness. Nice but not a patch on the 12. Score 3.6
Subsequent rating scored 4.0. Average becomes 3.8
Eirikur (362) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - OCT 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lack of character is the word for this one, its body is flat and such, I was expecting more .
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was slightly disappointed by Mr. Beranrdus.
He poured a gloomy amber brown body but a thick kaki colored head. The aroma and flavor brought yeasty.. doughy notes, with hints of plums, raisons, figs, brown sugar and earthy oak.. slightly tart. There was a nice black pepper rendering as well. The palate was velvety and creamy… but the brew just wasn’t all that exciting for me. A solid beer but it lacks any
DanielBrown (3601) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Rai Wine Shop, Birmingham. Darkish ruddy brown, with a big, soft head and smooth lacing. Chalky, grape aroma, with some gravy and choc. Extremely palatable beer, fluffy in the mouth. Smooth brown ale flavour, with a slight tart finish - cherry and strawberry cream Milk Tray. Easy drinking, not harsh, but equally not the most dramatic Belgian beer in the World.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity raisiny aroma, some phenols, light bubblegum. Sweet dark malt flavor, but not much in the way of excitement. Very straightforward, light hint of raisin. Nice carbonation in the head, but somehow the body of the beer seems thin and watery, at 6.7% alc, i’m wanting a bit more to chew on.
Pailhead (4381) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Aroma is dominated by raisin and some banana and alcohol. Pours a dark brown with a decent off-white head with decent retention. Excellent lacing. Very fruity and malty with some wine flavor characteristics. Slight alcohol in the finish. Not much aftertaste, a little sweet. Gets better as it warms.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark brown with a large lasting head. Aroma reminds me of baby spit-up. Flavor is fruity and malty. Has a sparkling mouthfeel.