William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Discovered this one at the Bierkoning in Amsterdam in search for some Westvleteren bottles (my all time favourite beer). They did not have Westvleteren but they told me to try this one as they use the same hop? But nevertheless I really enjoyed this one, it has become one of my favourite Dutch beers. It is creamy, sweet, malty and has a beautiful appearance.
forst (9) - ITALY - OCT 19, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried at the In De Wildeman beer cafŤ in Amsterdam. Itís terribly good and I wonder why itís not getting famous fast. It uses the same yeast as Westvleteren and you can feel it on your palate.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Several bottles @ Arendsnest, Amsterdam. Powerful nose, with sweet and sour fruits. Full, rich flavor. Nice concentration and duration, with a long 30 second finish. I liked this beer.
Fukito (700) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, April 07, 2004 vintage bought at Bierkoning. Slightly hazy, deep, rich, copper with a creamy beige head. Rich, yeasty, spicy, fruity, apples aroma with a coriander and phenolic touch and some anise at the end. Full, malty, rich flavor, some cinnamon, esthery and pepper. Ends with a touch of bubblegum and a slight alcohol burn. Medium MF, spicy, mild for a 10,5% brew. Excellent, captivating, spicy, belgian strong ale.
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Huge lasting big bubbled head on amber body with big yeast particles in it; Very intense, very complex and balanced somehow very Belgium nose, very fruity and very yeasty and very, very great!; Huge carbonation on big fruity soft body, super balance with depth and complexity, intense and very pleasant; Malty bitter slightly acidy finish, very balanced with a very mild salty touch, maybe it finishes a little to short. Very refreshing and very interesting. Not your average BW, more like a very powerful Belgium triple to me.
Savad (58) - Den Bosch, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2005 Bottled, about 6 months old. Huge creamy beige head, which regenerates itself, forms a cobweb pattern and leaves an excellent lace. Murky, amber body. Cookies, sweet dough in the aroma. Toffee, butterscotch. Many fruits: grape, fig, apple, melon. Many spicies, pepper. Full bodied. Has a very invigorating touch. Peppery, alcoholic, flavor. Gives a bitter, sticky mouthfeel. The aroma is quite stable. Yet the flavor is getting ever more alcoholic. Apple notes come through; something else does as well. Yet, other flavors are vague against the alcohol background. The alcohol dominates. It was not the case when I had it fresh at the brewery. I would rate it higher when itís fresh.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong apple aroma. Hazy, dark brown color, large beige head, good lace. Light sweet rising to sweet, malty, apple, hoppy, thick, bitter finish.
MiP (12839) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very peppery and very malty aroma, sweet smelling, dried fruit. Very dark reddish colour. Small, stable, big-bubbled head. Full, swelling mouthfeel. Peppery flavour, dominated by maltiness and said dried fruit. Too high carbonation and too swelling mouthfeel IMO.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: Gravicask at Battersea Beer Festival.
Rich dark amber with a tight and stable off white head. Wonderful aroma. The Westy yeast is pretty clear and obviously itís bloody good. Smoky malt, candy sugar, honeycomb confectionery and some lovely sweet alchol that is not at all overpowering. Some delicate hops in the background fight to balance out all the sweetness and almost do the job but not quite. Whatever, itís a very good smelling beer. Rich and spicy flavour with the Westy yeast showing through again. I really like the alcohol notes but something is holding it back a little. Itís something like bacon fat and it does it no favours. Still there is a nice earthiness and an amazing lengthy wheat, spice malt and sweet alcohol finish that leaves a yeast and candy sugar finish. Wonderful mouthfeel with a bit of a sting from the alcohol but itís just about right. Way too sweet for many Iím sure but I canít get over that aroma.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to jbrus via kramer17801: Bottle was excited to be opened and slowly erupted. Pours a cloudy dark golden bronze with a large, fully-lacing frothy light tan head. Aroma of sweet bready dark caramel malts and a touch of doughy yeast and light fruity complexity. Body starts lively on the tongue, actually it practically explodes in the mouth. Lots of residual sugars for this bottle-conditioned yeast to eat. Sweet caramel flavors and light fruity esters come through once the beer settles. Finishes drier and bready. A nice tripel or Belgian strong, not really a barleywine, but who cares about style guidelines anyway?