boto (2065) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle: This one pours a very hazy mahogany color. There was a good bit of a tan head that dropped away rather quickly. Definite dark fruits to the nose. Also some breadiness, yeastiness and some caramel/toffee notes. The taste is quite good, I get the caramel, raisins, breadiness, as well as a plethora of other things mixed together in there. A slightly spicy aftertaste, as well as a full body. Quite nice.
ALLOVATE (2843) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried this gem a year ago but lost my notes. Thankfully a few from the same batch a year later taste even better than I can recall! Tasted at around cellar temperature. Pours a lovely, deep ruby red with an ½" whipped cream, sandy beige head that remained steadfast leaving fine lace trails down the chalice. Raisins, sultanas and all manner of dry, savoury dessert-style fruits leap from the glass. Lightly spicy with a decent balance of woody and doughy yeast, and a late addition of banana that seemed a little odd. Quite dry and almost pasty in the mouth, full in body and smooth like a thick dessert sauce. Flavours of crushed cashews and almonds add an almost woody edge to notes of powdered cocoa, dried out garden herbs and softer dried fruits that manage to fill every nook-and-cranny of the mouth. Finish is long and malty dry with a light warming sensation to remind me of its ABV. Took a long time to finish which I find the best part of the St. Bernardus beers, they just fill that need for quantity. This was a great winter warmer that, even in the shadows cast from its bigger brother, is still worth its weight in gold. Quite nice!!! (33cL, 12/04/08)
DerWeg (1579) - 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 (9063) - 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 (13167) - 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 (1245) - 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.