Shakesbeere (212) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, - APR 30, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
33cL bottle from specialty shop in Brussels. Pours a dark cola/caramel brown. Has a bit of a brown sugar look. Aroma is of brown sugar, yeast, and molasses with some hints of dark fruit -- a bit of malt, not a lot of spice. Foams in the mouth initially, then smooth into the finish. Not thick -- feels very light, like floating on air. Taste is quite elevating -- some brown sugar, alcohol (which gives rise to a very noticeable warming sensation), yeast, malt, dark fruits, caramel, and some maple syrup. Also some spice, though not much. There is a slight bitter note that comes out in some layers, which is usually complemented by brown sugar, but there is one layer in which the bitter is slightly overpowering for a brief time. The flavor is very intense yet smooth. Overall, predominantly malty with a bit of caramel, brown sugar, hops, and slight spice. Finish is sweet brown sugar and alcohol and slightly dry -- light and sweet. Simply exceptional, though hard to say whether the 12 is better than the 8.
Nische (442) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderfully superb beer. Dark reddish brown color with a huge off white head. Smells of dark fruit,sweet sugar and Belgium yeast. The flavor follows the nose with raisins, plumbs, and toffee. The flavors only get better as the beer slightly warms. Does it live up to the hype? With not the least hesitation, yes!
sistinas (91) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (of course). Purchased December 2012. I drank one then and drank one about a year later - does show a bit more character from aging. Pours a very dark brown with a sizable foamy head. Smells of cherries, plums, brown sugar. The aforementioned flavors hit the tongue first before it transforms into something a bit more yeasty and biscuity and spicy. Lots of stuff going on. Thought it’d be a little thicker in texture based on how it looked. Worth seeking out, I suppose, though I had a St Bernardus ABT 12 the next day (though it was on tap) and I liked that better.
ralphcal (3) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally got my hands on a bottle. Great nose, yeasty and sweet, a little smokiness. The taste is a little sweet, a hint of alcohol bite but pleasantly so. Starts a little spicy but overall very smooth, sweet, caramelly.
Viktorlol (2) - BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Pipi in a bottle ..................................................
mxnuel16 (18) - PANAMA - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excelente aroma a pasas, aparincia rojo vino, sabor muy agradable pero se siente mas el alchol que la 12 de st bernardus, en conjunto, ya se entiende por que es considerafa la mejor del mundo.
rxndygordon (21) - Panama, PANAMA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cerveza de apariencia oscura rojisa y aroma bastante presente. Poco head de espuma. Prefiero la abt 12 de st bernardus
AndyReynolds (767) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to my Awesome & very gracious Uncle Jim. The nose is sweet Belgian malts with dark fruits (plums, grapes, insert other dark fruit here), typical Belgian yeast character. Has a winey/corkey aftertaste. I have to say, this is very comparable to the St. Bernardus (spelling?) Abt 12 but not as dry and a little fruitier. Being that the Abt 12 is one of my favorite, I have to give this a high rating. Personally, I think Permanent Funeral and Brandy Barrel Vanilla Bean Aged Dark Lord are better, but to each there own.
Chudwick (1548) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle shared by AndyReynolds the Gracious - pours the way it did for the previous 2800+ raters. Nose is dark fruit, brown sugar, and ether. Earthy aromas I’d expect from an abt/quad. Keep thinking of saint Bernardus 12. Wine cork aftertaste in a good way. Goes down easy for 12% ABV. Damn good but not my favorite beer in the world.
beechner224 (215) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby red/brown with an off-white head. Aroma is some dark fruits, typical of a quad. Taste is dark fruit, prunes, no hops, smooth.Its good, just not my thing.
thomas198700 (1) - - DEC 4, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Surely One of the Best beers i tried.. Fantastic aftertaste .. Strong Wooden Aromas.. Could be compared too oak matured wine.. Great beer, for the ones who still need to try this unique westie, have a look on: westvleterenshop.com ... Great value for what you get! Enjoye!