Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was still quite young being 2 1/2 years from BB date. Poured a hazy daerkish brown with a fairly decent pillowy head. Aroma of semi sweet chocolate,mild malt,yeast dark fruits(raisens,dried plums,black cheeries.)
Add in some bits of spice ala Aventinus as it warmed on the flavor.Almost creamy mouthfeel. Best dubbel Iíve had so far.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark cherrywood with a tall sturdy crown that starts as foam but resonates down to healthy head of a 8th inch bubbly/frothy whipped light tan topping. Leaves tons of lacing coating the glass.
Aroma is dry of light earthyness along with some yeasty esters of flowers and light spice.with a strong fruity sense of figs, raisins, and dark cherries keeping a lush and full sweet edge over the top.
Flavors ensue a pleasurable display of fruits displayed from the aroma with dry little spices. Firm, steardy, and steady with a full taste brigade from start to finish. Sweet and chewy finish late with bits of candied fruits and a light textured nuttyness. A great taster.
Feel is creamy and nearly full with some light drying effects floating around and finishes terrific with a super yummy and smooth exhibition of chewy fruits and earthly delights. Another fine drinker by St. Bernardnus.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours dark brown with a fair-sized head. Spicy aroma. Sweet, slightly fruity flavor. Hardly any aftertaste. No alcohol detectable. Pretty good.
zach8270 (3423) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [33 cl. bottle] Dark brown color with an off-white head. Light aroma of yeast, roasted malts and some spicy notes. Very sweet and complex flavor. Begins with a sweet and spicy mixed flavor followed by a nice yeasty middle and a sweet and warming finish. Very creamy mouthfeel and leaves a slight aftertaste of yeast and fruits.
Eirikur (369) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - OCT 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one like all the Bernardus beers really need to age. This brew is fine, it has all what I want in a beer, I would like to see this brew with a bit more character though .
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Opaque dark brown colour with a light brown, good sized head. Roasted malts, yeast,dark fruits and spicey sweet aroma.
What a lovely taste. Like aroma promises, with great body and well hid alcohol, that reveals itself in a warming manner some time later. Delicious.
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2004 Exceptional brew. Not quite up there with the 12, but excellent none the less. Really, itís almost just like the 12, with a bit less kick. And there is nothing wrong there. The complexity is all here, so delicous. Spicy, sweet, zippy, yeasty, fruity, malty, just downright awesome. Belgians ales are emerging as my new favorite style, set to replace imperial stouts.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark musty burgundian brown with tiny sediment particles clinching to the sides of the entire glass. The head is mountainous, dense and definately Belgian. Sheets of lacing left all over the glass with the head lasting the entire session. Rich aroma of red licorice, sweet malts, raisins, yeast and bread. A very vibrant and diverse flavor profile of caramel apples, raisins, figs, cane sugars, spices, sweet candy, yeast and alcohol. Trememdously balanced! Full mouthfeel and a smooth aftertaste that lingers on and on. Stupendous!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured ruby brown with a nice rocky tan head that faded into a thin lasting tan layer...smelled very malty and lots of raisins and alcohol...taste was sweet with notes of plums and raisins...a little caramel and alcohol, but very subtle...finish, however, was a little disappointing...rather cloyingly sweet, but definately good...
Pailhead (4742) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Aroma is very malty with caramel, raisin, and alcohol. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a decent tan head with fair retention. Excellent lacing. Flavor is malty and fruity with caramel and raisin. The alchohol is really noticealbe in the finish. Caramel flavors seem to intensify in the finish as well. Decent beer but I like the 6 better. I don’t like the more intense alcohol flavor of the 8.