jtclockwork (12133) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours brown - nose/taste of plum, caramel, alcohol soaked dark bread and toffee - medium body
vtafro (5535) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet Belgian candy, other fruit and malty aromas. Flavors are Belgian candy, light plum and fruit tones. Valiant attempt at a Belgian style.
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a brownish color with an off white head. Dark fruits, caramel, bananas, and toffee. Alcohol content well hidden.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Thanks, Hayden. Murky brown, off-copper color with a few lazy bubbles that rise to the top; appears to have lost most of its carbonation... Also appears fairly thin. Aroma has perfumey plums, caramel covered dates, black cherries, sweet toffee glaze, & a mild inclusion of warming alcohol & yeast in the back-end. Tastes of super-sweet caramel, date, nuts, prunes, spicy Belgian yeast, mildly vinous grapes, toffee, plums, apples... Lots going on, just like Westy 12. Unfortunately this is nowhere near as coherent, & instead of coming off as "complex" it just seems overbearing & muddled. First sip isn’t too bad but it grows cumbersome quickly & gets cloyingly sweet with warmth. Syrupy, sticky mouth feel. Not completely horrible, but not even in the same galaxy as Westvleteren XII (not as if I expected it to be, though).
Steve_0 (3661) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is murky brown with no head - completely still. Big figgy, raisins, prunes, brown sugar, caramel, candi sugar, earthy, bready, doughy, and light leather in the aroma. Taste is sweet caramel, light bourbon, raisins, dates, prunes, somewhat nutty, light cocoa, plums, and red grapes. Slick mouthfeel with no carbonation - though not off-putting. Pretty cool try.
Experiment_Ale (1095) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At Stephens house with Dave and Stephen. Pours murky brown. Aroma is huge fig and raison, caramel, malt, some cardboard but in a good way. Taste is huge awesome figs and raisins, fuck yeah. Finish is savory and sweet. Love it.
Beerman6686 (5825) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a dark red color with a small beige head. Aroma was of dark fruits, prunes and grapes, light spices, caramel, toffee, and yeast. Flavor was lightly sweeter, darker candy sugar, figs, caramel, and toffee. A pretty great replication in my opinion
Art (2697) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to charule. Pours a golden orange red color. Minimal head. Aroma of caramel and dark fruits. Tastes sweet and syrupy.
charule (1976) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from release shared with buds. Poured hazy dark red brown with zero head. Aroma of boozy dark fruit. Very smooth no carb med bod. Sweet dark fruit taste.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared graciously by Bruce. Aroma is sweet brown sugar, figs, dates, and more sugar. Pours lighter brown than I was hoping with little head. Taste is super sweet with mince meat, brown sugar, and more brown sugar. Some of the complexity I was hoping for is there but it is drowned out by the 13% and sugar. Enjoyable to be sure, but I’d take Bernardus 12 over this any day.