jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark cloudy brown. Some red hues when held up to a bright light. Big pillowy light-tan head. Sweet and spicy aroma. Some dark fruit, raisin. Flavor is sweet with lots of plum and raisin. The body is very nice, medium-full and creamy. Big fruity aftertaste. A very fine example of the style.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick foamy white head consisting of tiny bubbles. Lacing shortly after pour. Dark brown color appearance. Few belgians have this dark a color so this is very enticing. Malty aroma with hint of chocolate. Good malty flavor with chocoloate, and perhaps even a touch of fruitiness at the end? Not as yeasty as I would have expected a belgian beer to be. Good palate with complex character.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2003 Deep copper color, with big tan head. Fruity pleasant aroma. Yeasty malty flavor. Fruity. Pleasant to drink. Really enjoyed it. Good stuff.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper color, with big tan head. Fruity and pleasant aroma. Yeasty fruity malt flavor. Thin with a touch of alcohol. Pleasantly drinkable. Good stuff.
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a large head. Smells of bread and fruit, with tastes of yeast, sugar, and plum. Alcohol very evident, and seems like more than 8% ABV.
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2004 Poured a dark red, brown color with a foamy off white head and nice lacing. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, malt, caramel, and spices. Chewy malt, candy sugar, clove, cinnamon, vanilla, and some pepper in the taste. Very light taste of alcohol. Carbonated mouthfeel.
madsberg (10459) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Amber coloured. Unclear. Light chocolatish brown head. Good lasting. Full malt, spices, alcahol and yeast in the nose. Malt, sweetness and fruit in the flavour. Notes of alcahol, but well hidden. Balanced beer. Has a sweet and grassy aftertaste.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty, bready and sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are sweet and fruity. Nicely spicy. Touch of molasses, cane sugar, dark fruits (plums and cherries) and spices. Touch of mustiness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown mahogany color with a nice sized head that stays until the end with enough lacing to cover the inside of the glass. The aroma has a nice mix of yeast and dark fruits with a slight hint of alcohol. The flavor is pretty sweet with a light bitter hop end. The finish is very malty and full bodied. Overall this is a well rounded and smooth BSA with a fair amount of complexities. Well deserved of its reputation.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby red when held near a light, darkens to a nice brown away. Rather large head of small bubbles that looks to be leaving a fair lacing behind it. Lots of bread comes out first in the nose with several fruits (plum) and some spice lying underneath. The bread/yeast is still there in the flavor though not as much. Sweet malt is there as well, some of that aforementioned fruit, finishing with a bit of an alcohol flavor that I've noticed in most of the St. Bernardus beers I have had. A nice creamy palate with some alcohol left behind in the aftertaste. A pretty good strong.