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Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 0
Corked and caged. Served at about 55 degrees. Poured into one of my St Bernardus chalices.

A - Huge pop on the cork. Agressive pour yields a large, fizzy, very light brown head. Sort of looks like the head on a root beer. Very good retention. Nice sticky lacing leaves a web on the glass. Body is a medium colored brown, clean and clear.

S - I could smell the fruit notes as soon as I poured this one as it sat on the computer desk in front of me. Red fruits with cherry being most present and dark fruits with figs and dates. Belgian yeast and light spice cake.

T - Starts off with huge fruity notes of bing cherries, fig, dates, and raisins. Fruit gives way to some spiciness, much like that of spice cake as noted in the smell. Fruit cake. Yeast is there throughout, but doesn't seem to ever come forth as the forward flavor. Alcohol comes in towards the end, but isn't too hot. Spices come back for an encore at the end along with a light bitterness.

M - Great feel on this one. Velvet smooth on a full bodied beer.

D - Probably not my favorite St Bernardus beer, but excellent in it's own right. Love the mouthfeel and will have to lay a couple of these down to see how they age.

Served In: Pint Glass