KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one is nice malty offering. Not too heavy, but it definitely lets you know its got a little alcohol in it. A very approachable Belgian. This is one fine brewer.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured in a goblet.Cloudy brown/red colour. Medium foamy, lacey head. Aroma is toasted malts, nutty, raisins and hints of plums. Tastes malty, sweet, nutty and fruity (plums, raisins). Slightly bitter, sweet finish. A lovable beer.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. First off, here’s an attaboy for Eli Cannon’s for serving this in the proper glassware. Aroma was alright, nothing really stood out, mostly malty. Flavor had a lot of dark fruit (I tasted a lot of plum and fig) As it warmed, thre was some chocolate, and the alcohol really presented itself, but that faded toward the end of the glass. It finished a little dry, not too bitter, and warm from the alcohol. Overall, it was a good beer. Now we know why that monk on the bottle is so happy
rlgk (11343) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber, great brownish head. Nutty aroma, malty and dry. More hazelnuts is there after a while. Mild and with a great body, malty and nutty.
Gorbalev (2943) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Smokeless Joe’s. Hazy dark brown pour. Aroma was a little disappointing - some caramel, but subtle. Big thick creamy head - this was like a nitro head only with flavour! Medium body mouthfeel. Interesting slightly yeasty taste - there is a rich base of chocolate here, more prevalent than in the ABT 12 in my opinion. Malt taste dominated in the context of a strong Belgian, and the alcohol is very well hidden as well. Not as overall flavourful as the ABT 12, or as complex, but still a very solid beer - this brewery is 2 for 2 in my books - can’t wait to try some of the others that have just become available here.
larsniclas (5699) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a huge, beige head.
Vinous aroma with chocolate and notes of hazelnuts.
Dark and fullbodied. Rather sweet and very malty with hazelnuts in the flavour.
Odeed (1784) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2005 ah yet another abbye ale.i love these.anyways,here we go....when i first poured the st. out,it appeared to be a dark brown.then when i shown it up to a light.i was greeted with a red appearance,and little "floaties" scurrying around the liquid.next came the aroma.i was rushed with a complexity of chocolate,figs,malts,and honey.the last and best surprise was the flavor.very smooth with malts,fruit,belgian yeast,and chocolate.this is simply outstanding.bolth of the st. bernardus brews i have had were top notch.
re-rate:this gets better everytime i have it honestly.this perticular instance the prior 8 poured a picutre perfect brown/ruby red body with a lovely 2 inch head.when the head simmered it left gobs of webs on all sides.i just drank my last one,damn i need to re-up and age a few of these.
run20six2 (119) - USA - JAN 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good tasting beer. Not a noticeable taste of alcohol, but a very good beer. A hint of chocalate and spices.
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark muddy brown coloured beer, aroma with hints of fruit and malts. Taste is fairly complex with lots of fruit, caramel, biscuits. Too sweet.
Hansen (6813) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2014 Not as yeasty as abt. 12, but the malt and bread is more clear and present in Prior. Dark, big head.