maeib (8077) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. An extremely complex beer. It is dark brown with an everlasting cream coloured head. the aroma is a bit meaty almost smoky. The taste is very malty and chewy. It is very full-bodied and has loads of character. A demanding beer which, looking back, reminds me of Abbaye des Rocs which I wasn’t keen on at the time. I really must redrink that one.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: 330ml bottle.
Full, rocky tan head that maintains a good presence to the end. A cloudy dark brown/red color, with plenty of sediment. The aroma is yeasty, of dried fruit, malt, bubblegum and a little medicinal. Flavor was quite complex: sweet start, creamy/malty middle with a dry spicy finish that maintained a taste of plums. The mouth feel is full-bodied, and smooth with relatively low presence of carbonation. It rolls off the tongue leaving an oily consistency. St. Bernardus has a pleasant well-rounded blend of flavors and mouth feel with no overwhelming/over the top characteristics.
Frank (2224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brownish with a head that lasts forever albeit thinly. Nose is dusty pear and honey with a musty floral hint. Raisins and dark malt come out as you sip. Slightly watery, slightly sticky with mild carbonation.
vanvenlo (1103) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
8 May 2004 - Spiritous, vinuos, heavy malt with a hint of earthy aroma. Cloudy deep brown colour with small head and soap lacing. Sweet and medicinal flavours, with an earthiness and a spiritous throat. Medium mouthfeel.
I wouldn’t mind rating this one again.
PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2007 Well here’s my rerate from a 3.1 rating, it appears the original was a bad bottle. Poured a bright rubyish hue, a tad darker than pure red. 3 finger head with sheets of lacing - enough protein that my tulip glass shapes the head. Aroma is strongly fruity with plum, date, persimmon coupled with a mild caramelization. Flavor starts with a pillowy body fleshing out lots of sugary malts, and a slight fruitiness. Next, a yeasty spiciness couples tightly with a light alcohol burn through the finish. Lingering banana and phenol. Nice big Belgian, but not as smooth, complex and well-integrated as it could be.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, some red, opaque, with a small white head, aroma of grape, sugar and some alcohol, flavor is sweet, malty, not particularly fruity, no hops, some alcohol. Overall, pretty good.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy brown in color with a huge light brown head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fruity sweet and spicy aromas, sugary plum and raisin flavors, medium bodied with a crisp almost soda like mouthfeel, finishes with a brown sugar sweetness.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Says its a dubbel. If so the strangest dubbel ever. Nose is peppery, fig like and meaty rounded out with a lovely cinnamon or spice touch. Flavors however do not match the nose. Not all that peppery not all that fig like not all that meaty. More bland than anyhting else in the mouth but not awful
Kevin (2008) - Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This might be my favorite st bernardus yet. Bottle, pours a deep dark amber with a fat fluffy head that stays til the end. nice pear aroma with a touch of earthy yeast scent.sweet and chewy taste with an up front bitterness that finishes with a fruity sweet maltiness. nice enjoyable warming brew.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Good mild, belgian ale. Malty, raisin, usual Belgian notes. Finish is full and quick.