Marko (4352) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 6, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled at the Hopdevil in Zagreb
Poured an opaque dark brown colour with a teeny tiny head that vanished quickly. A lovely, strong banana and bubblegum aroma emanated from the bottle. Upon further inspection, a vinous background to the nose showed up, along with some yeasty hints. The taste is not as flashy and assertive as I hoped it would be but still lovely and complex. Dark malts, raisins, brown sugar, a hint of plums, a weak touch of dark chocolate mixed with chicory and some yeastiness. A bitter (and a bit roasty) aftertaste. Damn smooth. Reminds me of several beers at once but is way better than all of them. Canít say itís better than the 8, but itís not worse.
Janko (7) - Enskede gŚrd, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very rich and warming. It has all the stuff that you can demand from a beer of this type. In my opinion, the beers from Rochefort are cleaner than the Westvleteren products.
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark, murky brown with chunks of yeast floating in it. Head is bubbly and tan. Nose is malty and dark, with reminders of banana, molasses and brown sugar. There is a bit of alcohol in the nose, but itís not overwhelming. The flavor is rich, milky, and sweet. It reminds me of those circus peanuts, the flavor does, but with more dark sugars, molasses and such. The alcohol is there, but itís well hidden behind deliciousness. Mouthfeel is heavy and full, with lots of foaminess. This is among my very favorite beers -- I like them sweet, dark, and potent. This is all three, to near perfection. I consider myself lucky this is readily available in KS.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2008 Dark fruits dominate the aroma initially, while the palate picks up hints of licorice and dark fruit, finishing with a touch of bitterness. I suppose not the holy grail the Westy is, only because it is more easily obtained. Stunning brew.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - NOV 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 07.06.10. Need a good brew during the WVU-UofL game. Very nice to look at. Very dark and a great head and lace. Damn good, vinous aroma also with chocolate, caramel and dark fruit. Silky and astringent at the same time. Very deep flavors, chocolate, anise, prune, cherry ... on and on. At the end, a little licorice shows up in the flavor and it provides a little tingle in the mouthfeel. This one will invariably be compared to Westy12, and it puts up a reasonable challenge. Very good brew.
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 It looks damn fine, deep red with a slightly off-white head - the head is enormous and lasts all the way. Strong vanilla/caramel/chocolate/coffee aroma & a very smooth medium/thick mouthfeel. The taste is complex, malty sweet spicey rasins & vanilla with plum & honey, and much more. Straight ambrosia; this is the best quadruple Iíve ever head. Essential.
mansquito (4356) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer has been described again and again and again. What is the point of doing it again. So instead I am going to focus on the intensity of the goodness. It is really, really good. I mean, better than sex with an ugly person, maybe even better than sex with a pretty person. Yes, this beer is divine, it is worthy of a million odes. Is there a better beer out there? Yes, there is, but I have not tried it yet. People should write poetry about this and the Trappiste monkís priests should deliver homilies about the virtues of this beer.
swami (5) - Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Dated 11/24/05. Beer poured a very dark, almost opaque brown with a large light brown fluffy head. The head was very full and lasting. A distinct sweetness was evident - notes of chocolate, raisins and candied fruit - cherries? Vinousness notes in the aroma come through during the first sips. The upfront sweetness and notes of candied fruit quickly move to a moderate bitter/alcohol finish. Iíd like the finish to be more smooth and it may soften with age. This beer is complex and drinkable. Pull a chair up to the fire and enjoy.
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as impressive as it is played out to be. Maybe I have a poor batch... carbonation increases and foams in mouth. Aroma is pleasant but palate is awkwardly indistinguishable. I will have to try again.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours darker brown (than the 8) with some sediment. The head is just as big, but thinner and dissipates quickly. Nose is heavier in the malt, with toffee and alcohol prominent. Lighter mouthfeel than the 8. Malts, dates, and currants dominate the taste. Kind of a light cognac finish that comes out as the beer warms, unfortunately so does the alcohol. Both are great, but I like the 8 better.