Pailhead (4623) - 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.
legion242 (2162) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep Brown; Head was lasting if whispy. Dark fruit in the nose. Good sweetness. Nice hiding of the alcohol as well.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle, BBD rubbed off the cage. Brown. Thick tan head. Toasty malt aroma, some fruitiness(raisin). Thin beer, thick lace. Not one to be drank cooled, it takes on more body, complexity & creaminess as it warms and breathes. A nice, toasty brew, finishing with a bitter/sweet balance and a lingering chocolate taste.
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
09.13.04 11.2oz bottle (07.12.06 dated). Pour is opaque, chestnut brown, clouded. Head is large, even, medium sized bubbles, sheeting lace. Aromas of apple, chocolate, banana, toffee; yeasty and doughy. Flavors of raisin, prune, plum, more toffee. Little noted in the spice department, slightly pie spicey. Hints of rust evolve with teh alcoholic nasal effect, strange. The body is creamy, but unfortunately effervescent, tingly, takes away from the nice maltiness. Wish it was sweeter.
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’d give this a 6/5 for appearance - wow! Classic dubbel appearance with the most beautiful rocky head that laces like a champ. The appearance is only the beginning of this beauty. The aroma is of red apples, currants and slight spice. The flavor is just like the 12 (chocolate, caramel, spice, blood, cloves, apple), with a little less body. The creaminess of the head is unique to the carbonated parts, as the remaining body is a tad thin and watery. Very much as expected - a good thing. 8% ABV is buried in this complex goodness.
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper hue, medium off-white head consisting of big bubbles, mostly diminishing. Big yeasty (dough, light must) and vinous aroma with several fruity hints (banana, plums, grapes) matching a generous toffee and alcohol presence. RIchly malty. Sweet on the tongue, with scotch ale characteristics, but a very yeasty one. Mild acidic profile. More alcohol than most in the finish. Not so balanced imo, leaves an oily coat around the mouth. Slight yeasty and leafy bitterness. Medium body is extremely bubbly, a bit too much for its own good.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogany brown color, full, fervent foam, a bit beigey in color, slowly simmering down.
Aroma, spice, nuts, fruit, faint cocoa, more spice, cinnamon, clove, very carbonated, very enticing, uplifting, arousing, even...a lovely snootful, me likey.
Very lively, zesty taste, the mouth swims with this pruney, raisiny, vibrant flavor...I’m liking it more as it nestles in the crevices of my tastebuds.
Bursts afresh on the tongue again and again. Full-bodied, long, warm, lovely finish. Goodness aplenty in this bottle. A keeper if ever there was
maeib (8611) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2014 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. Score 4.0
Subsequent rating scored 4.3. Average becomes 4.1
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 (2761) - 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.