NJBeerman013 (1042) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good beer. Dark and murky hues, fruity malt with just a touch of spice. A great belgian indeed.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At touch of leather and tobacco in the nose, with lots of phenolics. Nice color and quite tasty. A very good brew.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Darkly brown and ruby with a huge foamy tight head that peaked like meringue.
Hugely complex aroma, dried fruits, chocolate, malt, yeast, almost leathery.
The flavor is also quite complex. Raisins, brown sugar, chocolate, cream and a touch of alcohol. Very smooth and sippable.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2ozer in St Bernardus glass....damn im getting tired of saying the same thing....Lots of flavour to be had here. My bottle was pretty carbonated so I had to air it out a bit in the glass. Taste had plum, some raosted malt, clove, banana and maybe a dashel of cinnamon. Aftertaste was still carby and had a nice chewy/nutty sensation. Smooth overall. good stuff, but I liked the 6 a little better.
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lot of flavor, this one is as good as the 12 in that respect. The St. Bernardus gift pack is a wonderous thing 4 great beers and a kick ass real trappist glass. This beer MAKE ME HAPPY!!
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one is nice malty offering. Not too heavy, but it definitely lets you know its got a little alcohol in it. A very approachable Belgian. This is one fine brewer.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured in a goblet.Cloudy brown/red colour. Medium foamy, lacey head. Aroma is toasted malts, nutty, raisins and hints of plums. Tastes malty, sweet, nutty and fruity (plums, raisins). Slightly bitter, sweet finish. A lovable beer.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. First off, here’s an attaboy for Eli Cannon’s for serving this in the proper glassware. Aroma was alright, nothing really stood out, mostly malty. Flavor had a lot of dark fruit (I tasted a lot of plum and fig) As it warmed, thre was some chocolate, and the alcohol really presented itself, but that faded toward the end of the glass. It finished a little dry, not too bitter, and warm from the alcohol. Overall, it was a good beer. Now we know why that monk on the bottle is so happy
rlgk (9017) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber, great brownish head. Nutty aroma, malty and dry. More hazelnuts is there after a while. Mild and with a great body, malty and nutty.
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Smokeless Joe’s. Hazy dark brown pour. Aroma was a little disappointing - some caramel, but subtle. Big thick creamy head - this was like a nitro head only with flavour! Medium body mouthfeel. Interesting slightly yeasty taste - there is a rich base of chocolate here, more prevalent than in the ABT 12 in my opinion. Malt taste dominated in the context of a strong Belgian, and the alcohol is very well hidden as well. Not as overall flavourful as the ABT 12, or as complex, but still a very solid beer - this brewery is 2 for 2 in my books - can’t wait to try some of the others that have just become available here.