wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted in Toronto, obtained from the LCBO. Tasted in trappist glass. Pours lighter than 12, slightly reddish hue, same thin tan coloured head. Aroma of shotbread, biscuits, deep fig and nutmeg. Flavour is slightly more balanced than 12, less sweet, larger malt and yeast component, very rich, slight ending tanginess. Oh my.....
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Prior 8 has an aroma of dark fruit with a background of alcohol. The beer poured a dark murky brown. Head retention maintained through to the finish and was a light tan. There was some lacing. The flavor was malty with a dry fruit, somewhat plumlike, finish.
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Corked bottle: Poured a cloudy mohagony with an ample head. Taste is aggressive and carbonated with touches of grapes, alcohol, and molasses. Dry finish. Real clean. Loved it
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a perfectly-formed, creamy head. Aroma was yeast and caramel, the taste truly delectable: sweet, plummy, spicy, vinous, alcoholic. Pleasantly dry. Nearly, but not quite, as good as the 12.
jrt (62) - USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Poured solid brown with a good amount of carbonation. I could easily make out fruit, nut, and caramel flavors, as well as a potent maltiness. Not overly sweet,though. Very satisfying and drinkable; the best Bernardus I’ve tried so far.
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly opaque brown in color. Aroma is of freshly baked fruitcake or something, a little unusual but not unpleasant. SOme good malt presense in the flavor. Definitely a winter warmer. Like most booze, there’s the cheap stuff which is harsh, and there’s the good stuff which is smooth. By that token, their brews are in the smoother category.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown and red color, big beige head. Sweetness, brown sugar, mild spices and alcohol in aroma. Medium to full bodied. Spicy, very sweet, medium alcohol and chocolate in flavor, creamy palate. Alcohol lasts in aftertaste.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a murky dark mahogany with a large frothy off-white head. Aroma of sweet grapes, cinnamon, and alcohol. Taste is aggressive and vinous with touches of grapes, alcohol, a hint of caramel and molasses. Dry finish, felt perhaps a little too dry for eight percent. Good.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown-red, nice head. Yeasty cider or even chardonnay or champagne, marzipan, pear, honey-flavoured yoghurt, orange rind, toffee, banana and something herbal, but the aroma is too yeasty-phenolic for my liking. Seems like there’s potential for something really good there, though. Quite powerful in the mouth - marzipan, bitter cocoa, brandy, stale milk and a bit of roast. Quite alcoholic, and carb is relatively low (though I’ve had both a massive gusher and a dead flat bottle of this before so who knows what’s going on.) Quite good, but not in the upper echelon of Belgian stuff.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This stuff is really tastey. A lot like a dopplebock or a porter in terms of malt character and mouthfeel. Looked great in the glass, with the really smooth, creamy head of the Belgian ales. Tastey stuff this.