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. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Great looking cloudy rich dark brown color with deep red tones. One cm thick white head. Deep molasses and Belgian malt aromas. Raisin, plum, coriander, mild cloves on the taste. Surprised by the complexity of this one. Very rich smell and taste, but not too heavy. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2007
330. Pours a deep dark brown with a towering, fluffy, sudsy white head. Lots of clingy lace. Big malty sweet husky grain nose with some old wet leaves funk and maybe a little bit of basement thrown in there. Soft carb on the attack, medium body, very clean and drinkable, restrained flavors--nice, well-modulated attack.Rich, earthy, deep and dark flavors all over the mid-palate; delicious and drinkable. Very restrained finish to say the least, not much going on there. Really nice stuff. ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Licorice, yeast, Fernet Branca/medicine, herbs, banana, cocoa, raisins, its all there. A great and complex brew with a fine head.
Mike4686 (120) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2007
750ml poured into a snifter, poured a rich dark browish color with little head, floral sweet smell almost like flowers, wonderful malt flavor, very smooth, nice breadlike tastes present aswell, very solid beer. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Sampled from a 330ml bottle. Murky brown hue. Beige head. Surprising citrus nose. Touch of cinnamon. Medium bodied and toasty. Sweet malts. Mild finish. Solid and short. Brown sugar smoothness. Slight burn. Lively with a good cocoa note. Sweet breads. Very nice and easy drinking. murawski (160) - USA - JUN 20, 2007
Wow, this ale was so smooth! Very well made. Got this one on tap at 33 Winebar in St. Louis. Poured a very dark brown, almost black, with a thick white foamy head. Seemed to have little aroma, and a rather mild flavor (though so well-balanced amongst the malts). A bit sweet, but nothing overpowering at all. Overall, very excellent! Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Pours a deep brown with a huge white head. Swwet malt and fruit on the nose. Sugar, rasins, plums, and sweet malt on the palate. Clean dried fruit finish. yomintyfresh (53) - USA - JUN 13, 2007
Nice dark brown color with big, cream-colored head. Lots of malt, well-hidden hops (they can surprise you), lots of dried fruit flavors. Almost like a less intense version of Abt 12.