malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown pour in a tulip. Alcoholic, yeasty, grape-like aroma. Highly carbonated. Date/raisin flavor intensifies and warms in the finish. Nice and smooth, despite the strong alcoholic overtones. Thanks to Brigadier for sharing.
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It poured deep brown with medium bodied head and strong lacing. The initial aroma hinted at grapes, toffee, cherries and bread. As the first sip melted on my lips, I immediately picked up on a complex group of tastes - first toffee, then cherry and finally plum. The carbonation was evident but not overpowering. The palate was long lasting with a slightly bitter finish. This is one of the
best beers I’ve had to date.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 Pours very dark brown with mahogany hues when held in intense light. Vigorous carbonation forms a thin tan head with excellent retention. Aroma of wine grapes, and bread dough with raisins. Taste is raisins, bready toasted malts, and dark candi sugar. Also aromatic fruity esters, notes of plum and sweet yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lush, quite high carbonation. Quite delicious!
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(12.30.05) 11.2 fl oz (330 mL) brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 8% ABV. Bottle label states that it is best consumed before the end of 2004. Clear brown abbey ale having a small diminishing head with spare lacing. Soft carbonation. Sweet, yeasty, bread dough aroma. Full bodied that starts with rich, smooth malt sweetness and toffee/vanilla flavors. Finishes with light sweet malt aftertaste. Delicious, smooth and rich tasting, even though sampled one year past the expiration date. Best as a digestif. In a side-by-side comparison with St. Bernadus abt 12, the ales have a similar flavor but the prior 8 is somewhat drier. Much better flavored than the Westvleteren 8 and Rochefort 8.
MoritzF (9423) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Hazy and cloudy dark amber colour with a foamy tanned medium head. Sweet malty and plum-fruity aroma with yeasts; notes of brandy when it warms. Sweet flavour, medium body, fizzy carbonation. Malty and fruity (dried plums, raisins) taste with notes of caramel and yeasts. Dry and slightly bitter finish, slightly alcoholic but not in a disturbing way.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very strong aroma of bread and dough, with sour notes. The beer pours hazy, and dark brown, with a light brown head that is frothy and lasting. Flavor is of apple, dough and raisin. The finish is long lasting as well. The beer is very smooth on the palate mainly due to its excellent foamy head.
some hops linger on the palate
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml brown bottle. Red brown colour, 1 inch of creamy, rocky tan head. Malt, brown sugar and nuts in aroma. Big malt flavour and malt sweetness, subtle caramel and light alcohol. Some yeast and alcohol carry over into the finish, giving it a bit of a pleasant bite, and some dryness. Soft palate, medium carbonation, some stickiness and weight to the body. A nice rich, slow sipping experience overall, even though the bottle foamed like crazy upon opening!
imdownthepub (13227) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle conditioned, 330ml, aged 7 years. Brown tawny colour with white head. The general sweetnes of this beer had been developed over the years, conditioning into a full flavoured spicy, rounded beer with a heavy, sherry like, alcohol presence. The beer has little bitterness present, but has a fruiy, bramble jelly, skinny make up. An enjoyable sipping beer for a cold winters night.
boto (2102) - 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 (2895) - 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)