Theis (14466) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (75cl) at work - shared with Jesper & Rune. Unclear brown - light yellow head. Licorice, yeast, wheat, malty, nice hopped, resin, grass, cirtus. Sommth finish - nice !!
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2009 BB 04-11. Pour is hazy with noticeable, dark brown with deep red highlights; head is beige, average-sized, and pillowy/fizzy which settles quickly to a lasting creamy layer and leaves some nice lace. Nose is a scaled down version of the 12; Belgian chocolate, light caramel, raisin, plum, nutmeg, and light doughy yeast. Flavor is nice with light chocolate, plum, and raisin with some clove and brown sugar. Palate is medium-full, very lively, and almost round; a bit too carbonated. Finishes with some earthy bitterness but still sweet with light chocolate and plum and a moderate length. Much better than the 6 but nothing in comparison to the 12. Lacks the great richness and complexities, but is highly drinkable. Very nice strong Belgian, just not up to the level of the Abts.
MarkBarnes (390) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle, part of a St. Bernardus sampler 4-pack, complete with logo’d Trappist glass. Excellent balance of all the dark fruit elements you’d expect to find in a BSA, with spiciness and a wee bit of alcohol burn. Not *quite* Abt 12, but it’s a great concoction, and perhaps the next best thing?
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
33cL bottle from A-1 To-Go in Gardiner. Dark brown body with less than a quarter inch of off-white head and feint ruby-red highlights. Smells peaty and kind of nutty. Aroma is not that prominent. Roasty chocolate and date notes dominate the flavor with hints of nut. On the upper side of medium bodied with a fair bit of carbonation. Very drinkable despite the thickness of it. Fantastic. Better than all I’ve tried from them except Abt.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet plum and other dark juicy fruit aroma fizzes out of well carbonated beer that poured with a dark brown body an off white head. The beer is very sweet flavourd with lots of yeasty fruit flavours, again plums with an addition of prunes or raisins that hides in the background and doesn’t taste exactly alike. Again this is well carbonated and dances aroubnd my tounge, making it hard to really get the flavours out of it.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark cloudy brown with a nice white head. Big aroma, sweet caramel and fruit. Yeasty and sweet, can notice some chocolate in the flavor. Not as dry as the Pater 6, but much more complex. Worth searching out.
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy dark amber-brown, almost purplish color. Light brown-colored foamy head that leaves some lacing on the glass and remains on the surface infinitely. Sweet malty aroma of dark dried fruits (cherries, dates), yeast, and some floral hints. Huge sweet malty/yeasty flavors with a heavy presence of dried dark fruits, fresh apples, pears, cherries, and grapes. Some light spiciness. A soft and silky, almost creamy mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish. A really great beer, I’d never pass one of these up.
Marsiblursi (3054) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottel) Pours hazy, dark redish nut brown. Fruity, a bit wineous aroma with some grapes and cherries. Raisins and marzipan. Chocolate, candy sugar and dried fruits. Cigars and some earthyness. A bit fiery from the alcohol. Rich carbonation, wineous flavour with malt, raisins and chocolate in the finish. Tones of brown sugar and alcohol. A bit salty. Pretty smooth mouthfeel and a medium body.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle] Pours a dark, murky brown color, with a beautiful off-white head. Yeast, spices and a touch of alcohol in the aroma. Flavors are dark malts and fruits (prunes, dates), and some nice bready yeast character. Full bodied palate, with a touch of warming alcohol towards the finish. Very smooth and enjoyable overall.
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is caramel, yeasty dark fruits, alcohol. Flavor is rich malt, sourish caramel, yeast, fruit, alcohol.