giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown pour, aroma is belgian and solid, and so is the flavor, good beer.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy brown with a small off white head, left nice lacing. Sweet and flowery nose. Taste had rasins and dark fruit caramel, chocolate and sweet sugar. mouth feel was very nce as well. Good beer.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
High dense tan head on a hazy brown body. Very well rounded brew, delicious drinking with lots of taste hints: caramel, fruits, chocolate, raosted nuts. A real caleidoscope. One of my faourite ales.
rpattinson (84) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown colour with a dense head; pepper, plum, spice and caramel aromas; sweetish/bitter taste with liquorice, dates, alcohol, cherry, pepper and caramel aromas; bitter finish with liquorice, roast, toffee, chocolate and chicory aromas.
A wonderfully complex ale. Amongst the very best Belgian beers.
jrob21 (2463) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
caramel, chocolate, toast, redish brown, cloudy, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, mediium body and malty, medium finish
drpimento (2152) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a very thick, creamy, frothy head with lots of lace that lasts and lasts. Dark brown with amber/red highlights. Aromas of grapes, cherries, vodka, and brandy. Flavor isn’t as fruity aand also has notes of burnt sugar, coffee, and walnuts. Predominant alcohol character. Little thin in body. Had it on tap at Bodega in La Crosse where they have it in bottles too.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2005 Minor rerate based on resample and reassessment, bumping the flavor down a point. Nevertheless, the original review...
Hazy, murky caramel brown with a fading, lacy tan and bubbly head. It’s a beauty. Aroma leads in with rich chocolate, unsalted walnuts, cloves, coriander, pepper, banana and nutmeg. Taste delivers. Rich, creamy, vibrant chocolate and caramel complimented by subtle spicing. Slight hint toward deep fruity esters of plums and black cherries, but it is first and foremost sweet and smooth. Creamy and full-bodied. Impeccable palate feel, blanketing with a lasting sweetness and complexity. Chewy malts; so sweet, so good. Absolutely no trace of alcohol content. Rich chocolatey finish. Simply a delight in every way.
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Pours a perfectly opaque dark brown with a foamy tan head. The nose reminds of dark fruits: figs, plums, raspberry and a sweet creaminess. The mouthfeel is very creamy with medium carbonation. Leaves beautiful thin lacing on all sides of the glass. Pleasant warm aftertaste.
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A friend brought over a selection of St. Bernardus ales for our "Weekend at Bernie’s" Poured a rich brown with an off-white head that remained for a while. Aromas of malt, bready yeast, and earthy fruits. Caramel and malt flavors dominate with aftertastes of raisins. Excellent beer.
Dorqui (2081) - Brescia, ITALY - JUL 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught - St. Sixtus Rouge 6,5%)
Dense and creamy foam, good persistence. Alcoholic and sweetish scent, light flowery notes. Medium smooth taste, not particularly prickly. Modest bitter and prevailing rumor of caramel.