DerWeg (1568) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In absolute pristine form, included in a gift pack taken straight from the carton. Ripe dark & dry fruits lead taste impression, hint chocolate-bitter, enjoyably round and softly spicy. It tastes "deep red" to me, as a playful, round Mourvédre wine does. Don’t miss this one.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, cloudy brown colour with a bubbly tan head. Has a sweet raisiney malt nose with a touch of alcohol and light chocolate. The body is spritzy and alcoholic. Lightly sweet at the front with brown sugar and yeast notes developing in the finish. NIce and complex...if only it didn’t have the spritziness and alcohol presence.
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First I have to say I drank this warm and from the bottle.... That said ill try my best to examine how it would have tasted if I wasnt stupid. Malty chocolate with a light alcohol smell. Slighty fruity with a strong body.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted malts ably laid out on fat prunes. Chocolate sweetness reaches earthiness, luring the tastebuds closer. Less fruity than Rochefort’s and Westvleteren’s 8s, but still very attractive.
Chocolate-laden yeast does a masterful job of propagating its sweet ideas all over the tongue. Maybe less aromatic and complex than the 2 aforementioned 8s, but how can you complain at this level of wealthy goodness?
Simplicity and meditation can get you on the path to understanding.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Frothy off-white head with a very very dark hazy brown color. Light wheat aroma with strong malt tones. Strong sweet malty flavor.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep brown and cloudy beer when poured. As with other St. Bernardus brews this one has a light white, yet thick head. Malts and grains permiate the aroma while deep chocolate, molassas and malt flavors attack the tounge. Little carbonation in the after-taste. Highly enjoyable.
Tmoney99 (12420) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy ruby color with a huge off-white head that was lasting with good lacing. Heavy complex aroma. Medium body. Good complex sweet flavor with an average finish. Very good brew.
Cartoonkhaki (1223) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark brown hue, Nice beige head. That at this time has lasted about 45 minutes. Malty and light clovy sweet flavour. Light stewed pea, honey aroma. Very flavourfull and delicious. Palate is smooth and oily with nice bites of bitter on the back of the tounge.
JK (5331) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantabulous and malttastic. There is a very large white head that leaves a thick lace on the glass. Appearance change as you get closer to the bottom of the bottle, becoming darker and less transparent. Some large chunks of sediment. This beer is much less about alcohol or even fruit than it is about malt, unlike many beers of this style. But the fruit is there as well; aged and fermenting fruit in the pleasant aroma along with a hint of alcohol that also shows through in a very minor burn on the tongue. I did think I was drinking a dubbel and I think it this beer fits in that style rather well, without a need for resorting to the all-encompassing Belgian strong category. Hard to find in Minnesota, I am pleased I found the last bottle at the bottle shop.
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown hue, with some reddish highlights, and a frothy tan-colored head.Toasty, bready, sweet caramelized malt, with a fruity nose of figs, dates, with a chocolatey hint in the aroma, follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a sweet malty character, fruity note of dark dry fruits, brown sugar, a good sweet-bitter chocolatey accent, roasted malt, leading towards a touch of alcoholic warmth and a low hop impression finish.