ddesruez (5) - san francisco, Alabama, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I just had this beer and i have to accept itís absolutely one of the best beers I ever tasted. Only the Sint Bernardus 12 seems to be close. The taste is very full and has a kind of wooden taste. The Westvleteren 8 is absolutely more fruity, but less exceptionnal.
I absolutely recommend the beer and the website that helped me to get the beer for a good price (even if i donít know if this is allowed in my review: http://westvleteren12.webs.com/ )
migwell (41) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, I wouldnít kick it out of bed, but itís not one of my favorite Trappistes. Arrived home after a long ride on my bicycle across the Connecticut River to Amherst to buy this, a bottle of La Trappe and a 4 pack of Duvel, only to have the Achel foam over wildly on opening. Cripes, and at these prices! This makes 8 out of the 10 Trappistes sampled, and the La Trappe will make 9, although I havenít had all the various types from each monastery yet. I had the Chimays, Rochefort and Orval on a previous bike tour through Belgium, and the former 2 are still my faves. Darkly fruity, almost woody, a bit of a raisiny flavor. Poured very slowly into a standard Belgian ale glass, this dubbel hides its alcohol content admirably, like moet of the subtle Trappistes.
Barreras (1047) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep brown color with a strong alcohol malt aroma. Taste is of hay and caramel with a syrup flavor. A mild sweetness, taste like caramel. The alcohol content is hidden well allowing this beer to be easy drinking.
cattaneopapa (195) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed from older notes found on a Biermarkt coaster:) Aroma of caramel and hops. Appearance: Deep amber in colour with 2 finger of white head. Taste: Traditional belgian malt and yeast with a hoppy finish. Light body and oily on the palate. Nice lacing with an excellent head retention.
mjik83 (638) - - DEC 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
- Alcoholpercentage van 8%
- Smakelijk biertje destijds gedronken
- Complimenten aan de brouwerij- en brouwmeester
- Nog geen topper, maar wel de hoge waardering die verdiend is
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kbudd19 (706) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Reddish brown with a layer of creamy head. Aroma is clove, caramel, bubblegum, fruit cake, and raisin, very unique. Taste is clove, bread, followed by light caramel, finish is slight bitter but smooth, carbonation is lively, mouthfeel is medium. Very tasty.
dreamer (114) - PORTUGAL - DEC 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with reddish ink. Nice initial tan head. Medium carbonation and a full creamy body. Aroma is plums, raisins, chocolate and caramel. Taste is ins accordance, sweet with plums, caramel, chocolate, toasted malts and spicy. Aftertaste is very long, sweet and little dry.
SVD (654) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
best before 09/2014 botle at home, dark brown/red beer with a small head, aroma is malt, taste is malt, caramel, alcohol good but not great
UXO (398) - CANADA - NOV 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear amber-brown with one finger of rocky light tan head, excellent retention, moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is mild dark stone fruit, brown sugar and toffee malt, faint spice. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter. (7/10) Medium to light body, moderate sustained carbonation, warming finish. (4/5)
Pleasantly mild trappist with a fairly light body and an immediate (but not unwelcome) warming. Lots of dark fruit and dark sugar, with just a hint of spice. My only complaint about this one is that, if anything, itís too mild - to the point of being just a touch bland. The nose is fairly muted, and the taste and body are light. Itís impressive that such a high ABV beer can pull off such a mild appearance, sure, but it might have benefited from a bit more authority. (12/20)
Martinus (3046) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear brown colour, firm off-white head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, light madeira, chocolate, hint of tomato paste. Quite sweet flavour, malts, caramel. Sweet finish, malts, chocolate, light madeira. Marvelous!
(From 33cL bottle @ home. Aged for a number of years. BBF May 2013)
GuideDogSaint (475) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle at Route 66 , Xiamen. Pours brown with an off white head. Aroma of yeasty caramel. Warming alcohol. Sweet finish.