sloth (2936) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Medium sized offwhite head that never really dies, but relaxes. Some thin stringy lace hangin around. Hazy amber/brown color. Medium body, prickly carbonation. Earthy fruity nose, hints of plum and some bananna also. Dry malt flavor, grainy with a light fruitiness, anise. Finish is dry with a slight nuttiness. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2004
Hazy amber-brown with a small tan head. Malty and yeasty aroma. Decent body, and mild but pleasant flavour of dark dried fruit and brown sugar. Decent, but not breathtaking. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Brown, tan head. Aroma of ginger, malt and a bit of yeast. Flavor is a little too light, malty, a little yeasty. Smooth, soft mouthfeel. Not bad. snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Pours a nice brown, thick tan head. Aroma is yeast and candi sugar sweetness. Flavor has some dark fruits and spicy yeast. Quite carbonated and tingly mouthfeel. Nicely done dubbel. jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
Hazy brown body with a nice fluffy whitish head. Spritzy malty flavour is a bit underwhelming. Lures you in with high expectations and dissappoints, but is still a nice beer.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2004
Bottle. Brown, lasting head. Pretty bland, quite sweet, not much else going on. HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2004
I almost put my eye out with the cork. The nose is very yeasty, spicy, and fruity. The palate is dry and spicy. Easy going dry double. LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2004
Pretty orange-brown colour with a huge white head. The high carbonation gives a nice "prickly" sensation in the mouth. Aroma and flavour of a decent complexity: some dark fruits (plums, figs) and hints of vanilla. Not outstanding but certainly a fine Belgian ale. jamesp (13) - Thornton, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2004
Whoa. Nearly had a beertastrophe when I opened the bottle. I wasn’t paying attention (ie, I wasn’t covering the cork so it wouldn’t go shooting off) and the cork shot off, nearly maiming my two small children, and, worse yet, spilling some beer. But I digress. Almost all head when I poured it, but some nice lacing after it subsided. Kind of a muddy brown color, not the greatest looking I’ve seen. Aroma is great, but the aftertaste is a little too much. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had a beer in over a month. sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 (Bottled, Nth re-rate) Nice, very hazy dark brown color with a medium, tight, beige head. Sourish, yeasty aroma with cherry, pineapple and banana. Dryish and slightly sour, malty and spicy flavor with banana and a christmasy-spicy ginseng/anise/licorice finish. Medium-bodied, high- but smooth-carbonated and oily palate. A nicely balanced and smooth, very easily drinkable, yet quite complex - and not at all sweet dubbel. Another quality brew from St. Bernardus.