Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Watou, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1971   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Deep hazy-brown colour, big body, malt palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [33 cl. bottle] Dark brown color with an off-white head. Light aroma of yeast, roasted malts and some spicy notes. Very sweet and complex flavor. Begins with a sweet and spicy mixed flavor followed by a nice yeasty middle and a sweet and warming finish. Very creamy mouthfeel and leaves a slight aftertaste of yeast and fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eirikur (372) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - OCT 21, 2004
This one like all the Bernardus beers really need to age. This brew is fine, it has all what I want in a beer, I would like to see this brew with a bit more character though .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JonMoore (1904) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2004
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Opaque dark brown colour with a light brown, good sized head. Roasted malts, yeast,dark fruits and spicey sweet aroma. What a lovely taste. Like aroma promises, with great body and well hid alcohol, that reveals itself in a warming manner some time later. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
temporrari (385) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2004 Exceptional brew. Not quite up there with the 12, but excellent none the less. Really, itís almost just like the 12, with a bit less kick. And there is nothing wrong there. The complexity is all here, so delicous. Spicy, sweet, zippy, yeasty, fruity, malty, just downright awesome. Belgians ales are emerging as my new favorite style, set to replace imperial stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours a dark musty burgundian brown with tiny sediment particles clinching to the sides of the entire glass. The head is mountainous, dense and definately Belgian. Sheets of lacing left all over the glass with the head lasting the entire session. Rich aroma of red licorice, sweet malts, raisins, yeast and bread. A very vibrant and diverse flavor profile of caramel apples, raisins, figs, cane sugars, spices, sweet candy, yeast and alcohol. Trememdously balanced! Full mouthfeel and a smooth aftertaste that lingers on and on. Stupendous!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Poured ruby brown with a nice rocky tan head that faded into a thin lasting tan layer...smelled very malty and lots of raisins and alcohol...taste was sweet with notes of plums and raisins...a little caramel and alcohol, but very subtle...finish, however, was a little disappointing...rather cloyingly sweet, but definately good...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5097) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2270) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Deep Brown; Head was lasting if whispy. Dark fruit in the nose. Good sweetness. Nice hiding of the alcohol as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 15, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2004
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.

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