glennmastrange (2871) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Draft. Moderate notes of caramel and milk chocolate with a light perfume and dough smell and dates and raisin in the background. Virtually no head (but I’ll bet the bottled version has a decent head) with a clear dark brown color. taste starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic and finishes lightly acidic. Medium bodied, between watery and oily, and a soft carbonation. This beer is fruitier than the Abt 12 but less chocolatey. Definitely a good one though. Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Bottle. Has a dark golden brown color with great ruby hues and topped with a medium offwhite head. Aroma was definitely highly fruity most noticeable are plums, grapes and green apples mixed with low honey hints. Flavor is mild and not overpowering. Actually quite amazing in its evolved blending of fruits and this smooth honey taste and feeling coats the tongue. Loved every drop Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Rated 7/8/07. Pours a cloudy, dark mahogany with a large, frothy off-white head. Lacing was thick and coated the entire glass. Aroma was that of sweet roasted malts, molasses, dark fruits, white grapes, and some spice. I picked up the same components in the flavor, and they progressed well from the front of the mouth to the back. Very complex. A little on the sweet side for me, but not too bad. Smooth finish, with a dark fruit aftertaste. Very nice beer. Really opens up as it warms in the glass. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Pours a dark brown with hints of red, with a small white head. Smells of dark fruits, berries, and dark malts. Some caramel too. The taste is much of the same. Pretty fruity, with alot of berry flavor to it. Very sweet too, get some rasisns and dark malts in th finish. Leaves a sweet residue on the lips and the palate. Good beer. thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Pours a deep brown with another nice, fluffy head with lacing. Aroma is highly spicy and fruity, and I think I noticed a little citrus thrown in. The flavor is heavily malty and smooth, another great beer from St. Bernardus
robinvboyer (4677) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2007
nose is BIG ripe fruit, and malt with a slight yeast aroma. Flavour is big and rich. lots of ripe fruit, and a nice maltiness that really coats your palate. really nice ale. Marko (5718) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 Bottle at the Hopdevil in Zagrebzebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Poured a big beige thick but fluffy head that dissipated slowly on top of a lovely deep red body. The nose was nice and complex... raisins, dust, peach, malt, honey and alcohol. The taste is quite malt-driven, with a strong and warming presence of alcohol in the backgroundl. Almost too strong for the 8%, but not unpleasant at all. Honey, raisins, a bit chewy background hopiness. The taste starts out silky smooth until it shatters on the reef of alcohol. All in all, a really good beer.
Bottle. Pours hazy caramel, fluffy off white head. Aroma is dried fruit, malt, slight metal and spices. Flavor is dried fruit, wheat, grass, caramel. iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Dark chestnut colored hazy body, and a persistent off-white head. Malty, fruity aroma with lots of candy sugar, and some caramel, vanilla, cinnamon - like speculaas cookiedough; that peculiar St. Bernardus yeastiness. Well-rounded malty taste, with notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, speculaas cookies, ginger, cinnamon; a spectacular interplay of malt- and yeast-complexity. Long finish, coffee-like (moccha), deeply malty. Some hop-bitterness in the finish, which provides a nicely dry edge. Thick, but not too heavy on the palate, with subdued carbonation. Less intense but overall more rounded & balanced than the Abt12. The excellent price/quality ratio, plus the reasonable ABV% makes this one of the best beers I know. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Pours a deep dark opaque mahagony color with some fizzy offwhite head, kinda looks like coke in a way. Sweet malty aroma with some banana and molases. sweeter aroma than i had expected really. Mouthfeel is rather light on the tongue but still has a nice flavor to it. Dark fruits, warming alcohol burbony undertone, and doughy. Overall, very enjoyable, perfect for a summer night.