Ratman197 (9560) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a hazy dark mahogany with an amber head. Aromas of cocoa, raisins,molasses, and toffee. Palate was crisp but smooth. Flavors of plum, a bit of cocoa, currants and many other flavors Iím having a hard time fiquring out. Very easy drinking and hides its alcohol well.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark like something that is really quite dark. rich palate like someone that owns lots of stuff. Aroma is the chocolate and raisins with brown sugar we expect but there is also an overtone of something else there which I donít know what it is. Vanilla? yes but something else.... stupid brain and nose. Super sweet, sweet like prunes that have been covered in rum and raisin chocolate but it was bitter chocolate I guess because the finish is so dry you forget it was sweet, except you can still taste the sweet. And the finish has some pepper in it. Oh lovely lovely thing.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate:
A real winner this one. Everything I would want from a quad/abt. Cetainly a top notch beer. Almost black opaque body with a thick creamy head. Very sweet, lots of toffee and malts. Palate is glorious with the cliche ílike velvetí springing to mind. Chocolate and toffee and other sweet stuff in the flavour but never too sickly like a Kasteel or something. Slight fruit in there too but nothing I can really put too much of a handle on. Alcohol is clearly there but never too much. A sweet chunky gem!
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours deep brownónearly blackówith a large, rocky, tan head that stays there. A leather and plum/prune aroma hit me first, then raisins, chocolate, candy sugar, and some brandy-like alcohol. Huge flavor. The alcohol lets you know itís there, but also lets the other flavors through unimpeded. Dark fruits and sweet chocolate are the most noticeable, but there is also some vanilla, oak, and lighter fruit. Very dry, raisiny finish. The alcohol is less noticeable as it warms, allowing everything else to come forward and mix perfectly. Dances on the tongue like alliteration in smooth and satisfying steps.
Snorky (5) - Paris, FRANCE - SEP 17, 2005 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 The best I have ever drink ! I juste love trappist beer. So many aroma . Makes think of a chimay bleue, but with some sweet flavor. The smells also perfect ! A light pear taste. If you have the possibility to test it, just go for it.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich brown color with a large head and decent amount of lasting lacing. The aroma is filled with raisins, chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is very full and includes toffee, sugar, chocolate and a decent alcohol bite through-out. Not my favorite style, but very enjoyable nonetheless.
harrisoni (13289) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with lasting beige head. Nose of raisins and brandy with dark fruits and dark bitter chocolate. Warming alcohol as well. Candy sugar and toffee. Good in mouth with toffee and chocolate, but the burning alcohol I find too much. Like the difference between the Westy 8 and 12, by having less it gives you so much more. Rum and raisin finish is excellent, but I certainly think that the 8 is overal l a better beer
jackamackson (127) - USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
one of the nicest looking pours iíve seen. huge tan-off white rocky head on top of a clear dark brown with a tinge of red in it. fruity, yeasty, alcohol and sweet aroma. caramel/dark fruit/earthy flavor, with a slight amount of alcohol warmth and flavor(def. doesnít seem 11%). very smooth and full mouthfeel. canít say anthing bad about this one.
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 I wouldnít recommend this for beginners/newbies. I know that I, as beginner, would not have appreciated the subtlety and (dare I say it?) complexity of this world-class contribution to the beer world. It actually transcends its categorization as "beer." This is so far removed from beer as traditionally understood that it needs a different classification altogether. Iím probably not the first to say it, either. I served this up in a very bulbous glass meant presumably for St. Bernardus tastings. Unbelievable head on this, very slowly diminishing to a perfect foam layer. (I play Mozart violin concertos as I appreciate the sublimity of this offering.) From the top, itís very dark cherry color, maybe plum; from the side, itís dark maroon, even brownish if I may say so. The aroma is what kills me. Itís choc full of fruit of some kind or other. Iím guessing raisin and plum, but it could be apricot or peach in there as well. The aroma is striking in any event. Candied fruit. Flavor isnít a letdown at all, after this tantalizing introduction. Alcohol miraculously well-hidden. Smoother than silk on the palate. Eminently deserving of its status as top "accessible" beer. Unless you really like being walloped over the noggin with hops, as I do, the grace and mild-mannered deliciousness of this Trappist remains unsurpassed.
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The other great beer Paul and I tasted at the Hopleaf in Chicago. Had it alongside the Westvleteren 12. I thought this beer was very similar the the W12, read my review of the W12 and youíll get the general idea. Tasted a bit more acidic/sharper than the W12, also an apple ciderish aroma, palate was a bit thinner than W12, and again, no hops I could discern, all yeast and malt. What I failed to mention with the W12, I could not tell this beer was so alcoholic, both this beer and W12 were both very smooth. $12/11.2oz bottle, but about $6 at the liquor store on Addison and Leavitt.