andyhwcinc (1258) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Purchased at de Biertempel in Brussels, Belgium, enjoyed at my hotel room in Eppingen, Germany after driving about 5 hours to have the ability to purchase this beer (amongst other things to do in the great city of Brussels). Very very happy to have found this, I grabbed it and couldnít believe I found it since the packaging is pretty minimalist. Appearance is decadent, a very very dark coffee brown with a rather thick consistency and a very abundant, frothy off white head that doesnít want to go anywhere. Aroma is something I havenít experienced before, it almost has a dough-like smell with notes of pepper, dark fruit notes, raisins, an amalgamation of multiple complex ingredients. Taste is unbelievable. There is not a bad thing about this beer. It starts off with a sweet plum / raisin flavor, and finishes with a lively burn that gives an eye-opening sensation. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and oily, the alcohol blends in nicely but lets itself known. The only drawback Iíd say about this is that I canít get it readily. A+++ brew, there was hype and I feel that it strongly met it. This is the best Belgian beer in the world.
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 itíd 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 (1540) - 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 Iíd 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!
mR_fr0g (1386) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home traded for a days hard graft at mateís house. 4 ear old bottle. Rich dark amber / red / caramel colour with a thin persistent light cream tan head. Aroma is rich christmas pudding, figs, dates, touch of booze. Flavour is rum, raisin, dates, touch of caramel oxidation in this bottle. flavour is very well rounded and full. Finish is oak, alcohol bite and a touch of oxidation. Maybe not the best example, but still dam tasty. I still would have a rrochefort 10 any day of the week.