BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Dark brow with ruby-red highlights body and a light tan head. Smells great - malty and somewhat earthy. Head is a few inches thick, and one has to wait for it to dissipate before filling the glass more or drinking. Tastes sweet, somewhat dark fruity. Good level of carbonation but not overly so like some Belgian style ales. Very very very well balanced. You can hardly tell that this is 10.5% alcohol. What’s more, this is one of the most drinkable abbey ales I’ve ever had. I’m very very impressed. dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Beer pours a cloudy dark brownish red with a 2-finger tan head full of huge bubbles. The head lasts, leaving a film on top of the beer finally 10 minutes later. Aroma is strong and characteristically Trappist, with yeast and malt featuring heavily along with dark stone fruits. A faint detection of alcohol was welcome and not overpowering. Taste-wise, this beer is supremely balanced. Sweet malts and stone fruits hit up front but are kept in checked by a subdued hoppy bitterness. Spice and yeast detectable but not necessarily the focal points here. Aftertaste is lasting and sweet. Paradoxically it heavily coats the tongue while remaining fairly carbonated - another testament to its supreme balance. I must admit it looks and tastes divine coming out of my St. Bernardus trappist glass. Remarkable beer. kopher (593) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2006
11.2 oz bottle (28/02/11). This pours a very dark murky/fuzzy brown with a thick foamy tan head. Strong smell of bread, old fruit, and spices (a bit like a dark hefe maybe). Taste was fairly subdued, though a good balance between sweet and bitter. Fairly strong alcohol flavor, but certainly not 10%. Excellen mouthfeel and slightly bitter finish: slightly fizzy at first and creamy-er towards the back. An excellent trappist-like beer, though too strong and with too sublte a flavor. gnoff (10241) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 First ratingbeermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2006
(Bottle at Bishops Arms, Västra Hamngatan, Gothenburg on August 25, 2006)
Deep red color, tan head. Fresh Belgian scent. Great taste of sweets mixed with bitterness. Big mouth feel. Medium high bitterness.
(33 cl bottle at The Rover, Göteborg)
Dark brownish color, fluffy tan to brown head. Sweet smooth spicy complex scent. Smooth sweet complex taste. Nice smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Just very very nice.
(33 cl bottle at The Rover, Göteborg)
Clear dark red to brown color, lasting tan head. Sweet, lactic, fruity scent. Also alcohol and spices. Yeasty spicy taste, phenoles and medicine cabinet. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
(Draught at Bishops Arms, V Hamng, Göteborg)
February 21, 2008
Dark brown to black color, brown lasting head. A tad acidic and grape like off-taste at first, underneath is some roasted malt and chocolate. Raissin aftertaste. It didn’t display much scent at all. Either it’s bad or I’m having a bad beer day (this being the first and only beer this day, I shouldn’t be off) Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterenss. No real use in putting numbers on it. It does get better when it warms up more, bu tnot at all to the level I am used to with this beer. Perhaps the pub needs to clean the draught pipes better?
cloudy dark brown with a thick tan head. Malty with a hint of brown sugar, caramel and honey. Slighly spiced and well balanced.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2006
poured a cloudy amber hue with a thin tan head. I think maybe i poured it wrong because it seems like head should have been better. Aroma had nice fruit quality to it with notes of alcohol. Flavor was intensly fruity notes of grapes mainly. This beer was served to me cold so some of the flavor notes may have been
POD (198) - USA - SEP 10, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Huge light tan creamy head. Fruity aroma. Flavor was rich sherry with silky smooth mouthfeel. Decent lacing. This reminded me of a tame Mephistopheles without the strong aftertaste. The 10.5 abv was definitley noticable and appreciated. I’d drink this again. blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2006
What a beautiful chocolately brown color as it’s being poured, creating a foaming head that poured over the edge of the glass. Not as storng tasting as other beer of this caliber but an excellent tasting ale daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottles courtesy of Ross and Secret Santa. Pours murky brown with a large bubbly head. Aroma is sweet with loads of fruit, caramel and candy sugar. Flavor is also very sweet and fruity, the alcohol makes itself known (little stronger than I would have liked) with a yeasty spicy finish. Definatly a well made beer but i think i prefer the 8 over this one. GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Draft (@ The Publick House, Brookline, MA). Rootbeer-like coloring and inviting appearance. Brewery-tour wort aroma with fruity, sweet taste. Quite pleasing finish with sense of alcohol happily numbing my nostrils. Indisputably high quality - a better beer though than my palate can detect at this point. Will re-rate again after more experience.