JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 Rich brown color,transluminate. Mix of fruit flavor and alcohol, flavor of plums sticks out more than others. Complex brew. Can I have another!
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2003 Almost as perfect as it gets. Like Kasteel, but a little more complex, less sweet, and more bitter at the end. There should be a price catagory in these ratings also because this was rediculously expensive (something like $7 for 330mL). I can get Kasteel for about $6.49 for a 750mL. Is it better than Kasteel? Maybe. Is it worth paying more than twice as much? No!
Rerate: I must rerate this because I had Wesvleteren, and the Wesvleteren was much better.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark, dark red in color with a large khaki head. Lacing and retention is nice. Simply beautiful. Aroma is malty, sweet, musty, and toffee-ish. Flavor is mildly sweet, turns doughy and slightly alcoholic. Finish is long and malty. Super silky mouthfeel, like liquid satin. This was my first beer in the top 5 (was rated 3rd with a score of 4.44 when I rated it), and I was thoroughly impressed and satisfied.
diabel (1589) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark colour. Pleasing aroma. Unfortunately I burned my tongue this morning, but I still enjoy the very complex flavour.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby brown color, thin beige head, left little lacing. Spicy aroma of alcohol, plum, and a little malt. Flavor matches the aroma with some sweetness, yeast, and vinousness. Medium-full body with a dry finish. More spicy and less fruity than Westvleteren 12, and overall not as complex.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2003 Very impressive! brown body with a white head that is very small but seems to be lasting through my whole pint. the aroma is a dream come true for alcoholics that love dark fruits. alcohol and rich friut come out in the aroma and in the flavor. the flavor smacks of a very rich combination of plum, raisin and alcohol. the flavor just never gives up, it is fantastic. the body is wonderfully round and smooth filling my whole mouth with these wonderful flavors. i wish i had more than just this one bottle.
smendes99 (1) - CLICHY, FRANCE - JAN 10, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
the best one !
the only one !
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2003 I couldn't help but make comparisons to the Westy 12 throughout this bottle, which is unfair, but I just couldn't help it. This was actually surprisingly different: nuttier and yeastier with less fruit in the flavor than the Westy. The fruit seems to be more in the alchohol here rather than the malt. Very nice cloying warmth with the yeast. You've gotta love the classic Belgian currant/raisin bliss traditional to Trappist beer, I sure as hell do. Just damn good.
TheBeerGod (4909) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 Very dark and rich. Slight taste of fruit(raisins or maraschino cherries(??)) and spices with maybe a pinch of anise detected. Can’t wait to have it again. When I do I will re-rate this one! ***Re-rate: Had this one last night. Wonderful beer! Hazy brownish black in color. Sediment clumps floating throughout. Strong raisin taste permeates the first sip. Followed up by a cherry and candy-like aftertaste. Evident alcohol notes but not overwhelming. Seek this out and drink it now!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very, very malty and full-bodied. It tastes somewhat plant-like/organic. Cocoa, and "other complexities". Yes, this is a very complex beer, and I cannot put my finger on the various flavors that burst into my mouth. The alcohol is a little too present for my taste.