estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
While this is supposed to be a Westy 12 knockoff, it definitely doesnít look like the Westy in the bottle (i.e., no magnificent yeast floaties throughout the beer). The brown body is opaque rather than cloudy, and the head is light tan and only medium thick. Nose is malty, with a doughy sweetness. First sip is mostly cookie dough, medium sweet. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, although inoffensive. Continuing... I know Westy 12; Iíve tasted Westy 12; Iíve rated Westy 12, and, Senator, you are no Westy 12. Iím surprised that this is in the top 50; my example was a middle-of-the-road dubbel. Certainly this lacks the complexity and the surprising flavor changes of its inspiration.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 Dig the lush monk on the label. The aroma was like goddamn cookie dough, i almost disgraced my pants. Tastes of bananas and figs, all sorts of fruit race throughout with a sweet, candy like finish. Definitely unlike any belgian iíve had before. The downfall is the overt carbonation. Its fizzy beyond belief and almost stings your tongue. Iím thoroughly impressed.
David (34) - Charlottenlund, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall itís a got a strange secondary taste to it that makes less enjoyable to drink.
Not as good as some of the real Trappist beers.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a medium beige head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is rich, raisin and rum, with a hint of banana. Flavor is fruity (mostly raisin, perhaps date &/or plum), malty and quite sweet (near bubble gum), with significant alcohol presence (though itís hard to guess itís at 10%). Altogether a very enjoyable beer, though Iíd appreciate it even more if it werenít quite as sweet.
confusedboy0 (99) - BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Do you know that when the abbey of Vleteren or Rochefort hasnít enough beer, they ask each other?
It is reality! I know it from a brewer.
jaymobrown (1609) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I didnít know much about this one, but I was impressed. A dark brown copper color with a medium head. Complex and thick with malt, chocolate, grapes, pears, and spices. The alcohol is noticable, but interacts with everything to balance out. Iíll have another, please.
leaparsons (7713) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark beer with an impressive head. This has strong banana and caramel notes. Pleasant warming alcohol, too. Excellent.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark cola-like in color with a big tan head. Nose is amazing mix of doughy yeast, spices, bubblegum, and the clear presence of alcohol. Banana, my dadís home-made pizza crust, and oaky alcohol flavors. Highly complex and captivating.
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 Rerate: Very deep brown - almost black colour. Slightly brownish head. Spicy aroma. A complex, spicy and malty flavour. The flavour starts quite neutral, and finishes bittery.
Malt aroma, very dark color. Very nice beer, drinks quite easy.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this. Floral nose, sweet raisiny, dates? Dark muddy color. well balanced. What else would you expect from those Belgians