mcberko (18422) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2011 11.2 oz bottle, pours a deep amber brown with a thick beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, raisins, various other dried fruits and spices - very complex. Flavour is extremely complex - caramel malt, raisins, figs, slightly sweet, very alcoholic, hints of toffee. Full-bodied mouthful, with an alcoholic finish. Outstanding beer. Oakes (18198) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005
Ten years ago I picked up a gift pack containg four different of the Bernardus beers. At the time, I thought the 12 okay but the 8 the star of the show. Nobody agreed with me. It looks like people still don’t, but my preference is towards the middle versions of these similar lineups (Bernardus, Westvleteren, Rochefort). This is a dark murky brown with a thick foam. The aroma is unbalanced - all yeast (dust mainly, but some funk too), with hints of figs, plums and toffee. The flavour is better with chewy malt depths, more dates, a little bit of chocolate and a sturdy alcohol backbone. Actually, that alcohol is a little too sturdy. Fruitcake notes appear as well. The finish is quite alcoholic and sweet, with not nearly enough nuances to justify a rave. It’s rich, but not all that complex. Now, where can I buy that Prior? chrisv10 (17925) - DENMARK - JUN 19, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2013 50 cl draft. Dark cloudy red/brown body with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruits and plume. Flavour is malt, yeast, dark fruits, plume, medium sweet and vinous. TBone (17782) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 19, 2005
Bottled (BB 10/2009)yngwie (17102) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2007
My 1000th rating, also nice to reach place 50 in "the most ratings from Belgium RB TOP50 list" with this beer.
Dark hazy nut brown, tight brown head. Aroma of licorice, grapefruit, Pernod, sweet plums and apricot. Flavor has raisins, licorice, roasted malts and lots of alcohol - palate is more rude than in Westy12. Funny beer: same time creamy smooth mouthfeel and whiskey-like alcoholic burn. Very long alcoholic bitter aftertaste. Complex beer and worth of its fame but not par with Westy12.
Bottle, 33cl. Hazy, brown pour with a good dash of floaties, and a big, lasting, creamy, beige head. The aroma left a slightly oxidized impression that vanished after some seconds, being replaced by a nice, vinous blend of dried fruits, sugar, alcohol, a little spicy touch, ripe red plums, some yeast and some berries. The flavor started with caramel, chocolate and roasted malt, soon to have company by dried fruits, sugar, a little alcohol burn that got more evident towards the end, a nice bitterness and a yeasty note. To follow the alcohol in the finish, there’s bitterness and sweetness, dried fruits and a little spicyness, as well as some caramel. It is, as mentioned, warming in the mouth, but it feels a bit thin for an abt. Of course it’s not thin, but I would like it to be fuller, the fullness sort of disappeares rather quickly, leaving an empty feeling in the mouth, even though the carbonation is still there, and the finish is doing what it should. There’s also some cellar notes in the flavor, and nice lacings paint the side of the glass. A fine brew, but a bit disappointing on the mouthfeel. (071106)
jtclockwork (16855) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Very sweet and tasty abbey ale. Brownish pour. Nose and taste of molasses, brown sugar, caramel, spruce, cedar and dough. Rated 5/24/04 FatPhil (16635) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 23, 2008
330ml bottle - Birthday gift from Anna and mirjukkabrokensail (16601) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Blind tasting (alongside Westvleteren 12, Rochefort 8 and 10, and Chimay Blue)
Deep reddy brown, creamy beige head. Marzipan is the dominant component in the aroma, almond too, and some perfume which sweetens it. Walnut too. Soft carbonation, very velvetty palate. Maybe some alcohol showing. In the mouth, there is loads of almonds rising up retronasally, but less come through in the taste. Simple roasty graininess, and a touch of glue. With yeast, there is more roastiness, and without yeast there is more fruitiness and esters, which are beautifully heady. I think I prefer it with the yeast though, as the roast maltiness is well worth emphasising.
3.9 is good, but it came equal 4th out of the 5 (equal with Westy 12).
A: The pour is a cloudy dark mahogany color without much head to speak of.
S: Good but not great aromas of sweet malt, caramel, and yeast. There might be a touch of alcohol as well.
T: I was a bit let down by the aroma, but the flavor does quite well to redeem itself. A slight warming feel of alcohol goes well with some dark fruits and sweet, caramel malt. The yeast is not as quite prominent as many other Belgian beers.
M: Even with the high level of carbonation, the body is still quite full.
D: The alcohol makes itself known more in terms of the subtle warmth it provides the beer but isn’t aggressive by any means. The flavors are sweet but balanced and are helped out by the carbonation. Dedollewaitor (16232) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Muddy Brown color good white head. Lively carbonation. Dark fruits. A bit warm from the alcohol. Filling with a great lasting finish. (You might call it " The poor mans westvleteren)" Creamy! Brilliant! Benzai (16180) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2011
Hazy dark brown color with a nice dark red glow coming through, off-white head. Nice smell and taste, like this better than Westvleteren 12. Very nice quadrupel.