ThisWangsChung (448) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed 12/04/2012. About time I review this. 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a very dark reddish brown color. The head is a four finger light tan color. Rather than recede in a generic manner, the head merely loses texture before only collapsing partially. There is a LOT of lacing on the glass - not the ringed lacing of a good IPA, but spotty with large clumps.
S: Lots of caramel malts, stewed dark fruits (like fig, plum, and raisin), lighter fruit esters (pear, apple), and a hint of chocolate. Perhaps not as enchantingly nuanced as Rochefort 10, but still wondrously aromatic. Nicely bready.
T: The very first sip is loaded with chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. After a few more sips, a balanced sensation of pears and phenols pop up on the finish along side faint alcohol warmth. I can also pick up a touch of raspberry and leafy tobacco as well, and the aftertaste has a bit of a milky cream flavor that is immensely enjoyable. It takes a while, but eventually, a spiced sensation of subtle nutmeg and cinnamon on the palate will show itself a little more than half way down the glass. Quite complex, but a little less so than Rochefort 10 - which is a moot point at the end of the day. This still has top caliber balance and craftsmanship.
M: Not perfectly delicate, but the bodyís thickness is perfect. Thereís just enough of a cleanliness to the finish to encourage one to drink this faster. The booze manifests as a slight warmth on the tongue and stomach - but because of its balance, it just works in concert with the whole experience.
O: It might be one of the more drinkable and balanced quads Iíve ever had. íCourse, Iíve never had Westy 12, but Hell, doesnít Westy 12 have a very, VERY similar recipe to this? Ah well, that doesnít matter, because itís every bit as mindblowing as I hoped.
macgybeer (7) - - MAY 23, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: caramel, chocolate, nuts, toast,
Appearance: brown, hazy,
Taste: heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour,
Palate: medium body, lively,
Overall: Other incredible beer, maybe to sweet for me but there is not a big problem.
zvsn (6) - ISRAEL - MAY 22, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap, served in St Bernardus chalice glass.
Hazed brown color with a sticky white head. Rich and complex aroma of dried/dark fruits and malt . Taste in one word: wonderful. Palate - smooth and creamy. Classic superb beer, one of my favorites.
dctriman (37) - USA - MAY 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good beer. Not as good as Rochefort 10 or Westvleteren 12, but still quite good.
Nero55 (76) - Leeds, Alabama, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours deep copper with a small white head. Aroma of caramel and malt. Medium body with malty sweetness some oiliness and a warm alcohol finish.
Leepe_steven (79) - BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown colour with fluffy tan head. Aroma is yeast, dark fruits, caramel. Taste is the same, with also some bread in it and a malty quality to it. medium to full body. Nice alcohol warmth, alcohol is not overpowering. Nice lingering aftertaste. Not as complex as the Westvleteren 12 to which it is often compared to, but nevertheless an excellent quad!
tinybears (38) - BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ivory colored beer with a high fermentation.Soft aroma and tastes very smooth. Fruity flavor.
DesertDevil (195) - Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Hungry Monk in a chalice. Pours a crystal-clear dark amber. Heavy raisin, currants, brown sugar, and banana-like esters on the nose. Complex taste of caramel, oak, raisin, a bit of green apple, some spiced rum, and cinnamon. The booziness and spices really pop as the beer approaches room temperature. Smooth body with a bit woody texture. One of my favorite quads.
The_Bish (864) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
St Bernardus was oh so brave, he fought for his people... he bought them joy, representing our life was such a thrill for him todayyy
tdmuel (82) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich dark reddish brown with a very pale brown bubbly head. Very complex nose, lots of candy sugar and dark fruit up front, very sweet, a yeasty breadiness, ripe bananas, slightly boozy with a hint of pine resin. Wow, rich caramel and plum taste up front, quite sweet, ripe fruits, the alcohol is hidden well, and very subtle hop bite at the end. Medium bodied, high carbonation. Perfect balance and really delicious.
Platinum (1) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Koffie, noten, geroosterd, kruiden, alcohol, rozijn, vanille Heerlijk op keldertemperatuur