npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, with an off white head that laces nicely; Full of small particles. Aroma is metallic and slightly cheesey. Flavor is medium sweet with a metallic tinge, some notes of carob, plum, raisins; medium bitterness.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful toasted malt with a very fruit forward midpalate focused on berries and plums. Turbinado sugar and maple candy with vanilla creme and caramel finish. good balance somwewhat westy 8 ish. They used to brew the Westvleteren beers after all.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful dark brown color. A very strong frothy head. A little too much head but it went down quickly. Smells very sweet and malty. Tastes clean and crisp. Very good finish, not too strong but very noticable.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky,dark brown color with a nice frothy tan head. Sweet malt and yeast aroma with a bit of dark fruit. Flavor was much drier than expected. Dark bread, raisins and an alcoholic warming finish. Excellent.
jimj (1) - USA - FEB 22, 2005 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Strong (8% ABV) brew with a very mild flavor considering the strength and the amount of malt.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught Feb 2005 @ Moan and Dove. Dark grey-brown color, with some slight hints of reddish coloring along the edges. Off-white head recedes to small clumps on the edges. Aroma of raisins, tobacco, nuts, very dry yeast and a bit of banana and alcohol. Flavor is dry, very dry relative to what I was expecting. A definite ashiness throughout really seems to dull the flavors. Strong yeast presence, with some alcohol, lightly sugary raisin/fruit notes. Not much incidence of residual sugar, candied or otherwise. I guess itís a good thing that this isnít a syrupy sweet, alcoholic mess, but itís still missing something. Very attenuated, medium body, peppery carbonation. Canít seem to get in to St Bernardus beers.
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the best bottles ever. Ale has a malty, yeasty nose and is translucent roasted brown. Sweet and mild, not over the top alcohol profile, but a solid drink. Short, slightly bitter finish.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
God i love that monk. His cheeks flush with alcohol and heart disease. Smells yeasty, lightly spicey, couple hints of caramel. The taste was rye bread or maybe pumpernickel, fig all through it. Very smoothe, long lasting thin head.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle in St Bernardus chalice. Great beer, not much to say, Iíl think of it as the little brother to the abt 12. Wish I could get it regularly.
Rafe (3) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: 11.2oz brown glass, with an orange and monk label. Capped
Color: A medium muddy brown
Head: 1/2 finger of small bubbles, with good lacing
Aroma: Yeasty, with gingerbreaed, and pumpkin pie spice.
Taste: Toasty malt, with plums, alcohol, and a candi sugar aftertaste.
I would argue that this is actually a dubbel, albeit a sweet one.