CapFlu (4518) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a creamy yellowish-head and a cloudy deep-brown body. The nose is very yeasty with malt and fruity undertones. I enjoyed the light and quaffable creamy and heavy malt taste. Enjoyable yet drinking the whole 750ml bottle in a night might be a daunting task...
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 I am going to rate this for real now. Pours a very dark brown which looks nearly identical to the Westy 8. That would make sense because they are brewed in the same town. The aroma is very fruity with raisins being the dominant fruit. There is quite a bit of white wine in the aroma as well. The taste has quite a bit of similarity to the Westy 8 with the white wine palate added to it. There is also the great maltiness which is recognizable from this brewery. This is similar to the 12 except it is less complex and not quite as good in my opinion. This is a really fine beer and one of the greatest examples of a Dubbel I have had.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 Murky brown, rocky off white head, fades to thick film, spotty lacing. Prune/fig/raisin up front in nose, clove, spice, alcohol, really dig it. Flavor not quite as nice, rather muted. Faint dark fruit, alcohol and not much else. Not bad, just not what you would expect after aroma. Billowy mouthfeel, flimsy at times.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown color, thin off-white head. Aroma of malt, alcohol and fruits, it’s woody too. Flavor of chocolate, fruits, caramel and malt. Light to medium body, creamy texture. It feels like a mix between Rochefort 8 and St. Bernardus ABT 12, not bad at all!
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Just like it’s bit brother. Little to distinguish this brew from other belgian strong ales. Very little complexity and just not that great.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Anam Cara Belgian Beer Month. Very drak brown, almost black. Bubbly tan head. Raisony malt aroma. Sweet but not too sweet with raison and plum malt. Full and complex. Ummmmm....so good.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, medium spicy sweet aroma and taste, full body, dry light alcoholic finish.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours dark honey/amber brown with a small-medium off-white head. Hazy, small bubbles and small yeast particles. Aroma: Dust, earth, toasted grains, mild wood, sweet yeast, figs, raisins, mildly spicy notes, dark syrupy malts. Taste: Warming flavor, sweet candy, raisins, apples, plums, nuts, light spicy yeasts, caramel, finishes with a dry & bitter molasses taste. I like the fruit background that I can’t quite put my finger on.
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 I’ve 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.