Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer poured a dark amber color and formed an off white sudsy head that left circular lace. A good deal of carbonation was present. It had an aroma of malt, caramel and fruit. A flavor of malt, caramel and spicy fruit. A very strong flavor element and finish going on with this beer. A very impressive beer.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks just like the Prior 6, coffee-brown w. creamy head. However, the aromatics of the 6 are significantly offset by the vodka-like vapors streaming out of this one. The flavor as well, is alcohol saturated, though it certainly is warming. Full, sweet, fruity with a nice roasted malt richness, some coffeeish element. Pretty good but I liked the 6 better.
madsberg (10144) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Bottled. Deep amber/brown coloured. Light brown head. Might be something wrong with this bottle. Maybe excess yeast, because lots of foam burst out of the bottle. Nothing wrong with the aroma, though. Fruits, spices, malts and slightly notes of alcahol. Flavour is very fruity. Plums and raisins is present, an some vague alcahol burn. This is not as well balanced as other top-notch belgian strong ales. Has to give it another try. Rerate draught: Not much to add. Seemed a lot more balanced in the flavours, and more distinct in the aroma, why I uprate it by. Original rate 8-4-7-4-16-3,9.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark ruby brown, cloudy (yeast), tan head leaves excellent lacing on my glass. Wonderful aroma of yeast, raisins, dried cherries, and malt. Well-balanced complex flavor - everything from the aroma and then some. Dry finish. As good as Westvleteren 12 for less than half the price.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2007 I wish I had a Westy #12 right now to compare this with. My memory of the Westy is that it very similar to this beer. This beer is fruity and complex. I do get some alcohol taste in the flavor. I bought this bottle for 3 dollars and the westy for 8.5. There is no way for me to justify the difference.
Crit (3339) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
no notes taken on this one.
At least no readable ones.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Darker cloudy copper body with a well formed thick head. Aroma of ripe fruits, spices and alcohol. first sensation is alcohol, but then a nice smooth, fruity mild, yet complex and well rounded. A great, probably new beer for most freinds to enjoy.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Westy 12’s long lost brother, almost as complex and elegant. Pours deep reddish brown with a massive creamy head that doesn’t quit. Aroma is very strong, like sherry and plums. First taste is very reminiscent of West 12, very sherryish and fruity, with hints of chocolate and figs, and dries off nicely. The difference here is that this has more of an alcoholic finish than Westy. For being almost identical to Westy, it’s a great value at half the price.
obxdude10 (2040) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent Belgain abbey-style beer, deep brownish color with a redish tint, the huge foamy head didn’t last all that long which gave way to just a few bubbles around the edge of the glass, the aromas were filled with different kinds of fruits including apricots and maybe even a pear-like smell, sweet maltiness also included in the nose, lots of different fruity notes in the flavors as well as a defined sweetness, the body was very full & almost syrup-like, heavy aftertaste that hangs around for a while, the finish included more fruitiness & malty sweetness, this was pretty damn close to a Rochefort or Westy, I think I may have to give those beers another try & see how they stack up again this gem of a beer
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite lovely. Deep red color with a surprisingly huge head. Has a wondrous mixing of scents in the nose, dancing between apricot and pear fruitiness, butterscotchy maltiness, and hints of sweetness. Excellent flavor, again full of lots of fruits (peaches, figs, apricots) balanced beautiful with a yummy chewiness of malts. Finish has a bit of residual sugariness, but it’s far from unpleasant. The berw simply hangs in your mouth for minutes afterward, tasting quite lovely the entire time. If Westy 12 is better than this, I just may have to crack that bottle open pretty darn soon.