Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black currant, slightly chocolatey aroma. Similar to Westy 12, but fruitier and more vinous. I think I might like this better than westy 12.
bugbbq99 (19) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown color with a beautiful head. Intense fruity sweet flavor that would make it perfect for an after-dinner drink. Spicy alcoholic aftertaste which makes a very interesting pairing with the sweet raisin-like beginning. Wonderful.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
hazy, deep amber brown woth a beautiful lacy head. this beer threatened to explode on me from the minute it opened. raisiny, nutty, sweet aroma. very complex, buttery, rummy, raisiny, spicy, flavour with slightly tart and alcoholic hints. a very rich and satisfying ale. lovely.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark reddish brown w/ a tan head. Aroma of toffee & rum. soft textured w/ a slightly sweet finish
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep mahogony brown with a fluffy off-white head that lasts. Aromas of vanilla, some yeasty sourness, dark fruits and creamy chocolate. Very aromatic. Vanilla, creme and dark chocolate making an appearance in the flavor profile with dark fruits in the background. A little hot - alcohol - in the finish. Seemed a little thin bodied, which is my only complaint. Complex, beautiful and aromatic.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Terribly similar to Westvleteren 12. Grapes, molasses, spice and a touch of booze in the nose. Flavor is of hard candy, banana, molasses and spice. Perfectly balanced beer. Alcohol well-cloaked. I have to give this the edge over Westy 12, which I had last night.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2004 Dark brown/ruby color, big beige head. Sweet fruity aroma. Flavor is sweet, acidic, toffee, hint of raisons and banana
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The monk on the bottle would have to be the Nelly of monks. Strong fruity aroma, a bit more intense then the westy 12 I had just before this but not nearly as enjoyable. Syrupy rasberry, vinous with some mellow nutmeg. A bit bitter, little sign of its strength. Thank you Kaya
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is a deep brown color with a big giant foam on top. Fruits and malts present in this beers smell, in the taste it is a sweet, vanilla, and hints of bananas. A great beer.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a decent golden head with mix of larg and small bubbles. Aroma is great, grapes, bananas and port. Not as chocolatly aroma as Westvlteren 12. Definately a banana flavor pretty sweet but a little thin and not a complex as Westy. I have 4 bottles of Westvleteren 12 aging in my cellar and cannot wait to to do a side by side taste test after this ages a liitle.