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 Iíve 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, thereís the cheap stuff which is harsh, and thereís 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 thereís 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 Iíve had both a massive gusher and a dead flat bottle of this before so who knows whatís 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.
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lively nut-brown beer, creamy beige foam. Soft yeast aroma, nutty, caramel, cakes and hops. Taste is malty sweet, cake like, breaddy and has a good hoppy finish. Aftertaste is tuning a little dry.
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2010 10/18/2005: 750 ml bottle, it pours to a clear reddish brown body with a creamy foamy off-white head with excellent lacing. The aroma is sorta soapy with some strange sweet malts that almost comes off as cement "rust". Strange but not unappealing. The flavor is a oaked molasses and currants. It has some sorta strange dank earthyness. The palate is creamy, fizzy, watery. Overall, I wonder if this is just an old bottle? Iím not a huge fan. Itís not "bad", just that I donít think this is as good as others believe. 6, 4, 7, 3, 13 = 3.3
05/04/2010: ~12 oz bottle. Was a gusher, but that was likely due to the beer not being chilled. Pours to a deep brown body with a soapy looking light khaki head. The aroma is very big and malty. Toasted hay and caramel. Earthy yeast. Light vanilla. The flavor has a medium sweetness with a bit of earthy umami. Very much like Westmalle Dubbel. Very clean palate has a nice medium body with a surprisingly soft carbonation. Slick velvety texture.