anthonybsd (5) - USA - JUL 2, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Got this at De Biertempel at Brussels on friendís recommendation. Generally Iím not the biggest fan of the the trappist ales because of the amount of sweetness most of them possess. This one is nothing short of perfect, however. It has a hint of saltiness thatís reminiscent of Burgundy-style belgian ales (bourgogne ales), yet the character and the body is that of the best trappist ales Iíve tried with heavy, murky head. Itís like someone read my mind and created a perfect ale for me!
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle from my Secret Santa Dec. í06. Bottled April í06. Aroma: Rich bready maltiness, light peppery, cherries and raisins, subtle floral, and some soft alcohol notes. A strong caramel note comes forward as it warms. Appearance: Dark rusty brown in color and murky. Khaki head was full and creamy with good retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Medium sweet bready german malt, dark candi sugar and caramel, chcocolate covered cherries, peppery spice, floral and citrus. Alcohol ties it all together and never intrudes. Medium-dry finish with malt and alcohol carrying over. Palate: Medium-full bodied and creamy. Medium-high carbonation. Pleasant alcohol warming over entire mouth. Overall: The best beer in the world? Maybe. A damn good beer? Hell yes! Lots to sort through in this one. Layers on layers. Well crafted and smooth. A great way to spend my 500th rating and an excellent cap to my day. Fantastic beer.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Bottle @ In De Vrede. I donít know what I can say to do this beer justice; itís truly the king of all beers. Appearance is a reddish ruby-brown, with a tan head. Aroma is sweet and slightly fruity, with many flavors vying for attention. The beer is incredibly complex, but subtly so, with the flavors almost dancing across your tongue. You get spicy, woody, earthy, and fruity notes, all in such a short period of time. The mouthfeel is the best I have ever experienced, and the aftertaste in and of itself is complex. I could go on and on about this treasure, but so many already have.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#800! So this is it? This is the big gun. This sets the standard...Slightly maple amber hue. Tight ring of bone white head. Sweet honey nose. Toffee and vanilla mixed with a slight tuaca burn. Nutty with a mix of sweet spices. Full bodied with citrus acidity full be a great rush of effervesnce. Burn hits then ebbes. Leaves a tingling coating on the teeth. Warming. Toffee and acidic, almost cherry ish. Smokey and woody. Subtle whiskey note. Light crisper palate. Big and tasty. Notes of raisins and a sherry stickiness. What can I say, this has been a wonderful experience. I have entered a unique cateogory. Hooray for beer! Horray for me! Excellently crafted brew!
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally, I get to rate the true king of beers! 11.2 oz bottle, pours a hazy ruby red color with tiny light tan head that dissapears quickly. Aroma is full of juicy caramel, hint of cherry, vanilla, oak, ginger, red grape, faintest touch of burbon. Flavor has lots of grape jelly notes, bit of vanilla bean, lightly toasted caramel, touch of oak and anise. Finish is relatively sweet. Definiely a great brew, although I donít think it quite lives up to the greatest beer in the world, but still very good, and definitely a landmark rating. Thanks to MikeF and Faye for getting me this bottle.
rjglory (7) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2007 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My heartfelt thanks to Arun for treating me with this pricey beer. 10 euros for a 30 cl bottle is too steep for stingy me. The taste is almost worth it. We compared the 2006 11% Gouden Carollus Cuvee van de Kaiser and the Rochefort Trappistes 10. This was a night to remember indeed. My preference is still the Cuvee van de Kaiser. Nevertheless, the monks at the Abbey do produce an incredibly superb beer. It is a real pity that it is so expensive and difficult to find. The high level of alcohol is unnoticeable. It is a very subtle and smooth beer with several flavors tightly knit together. Sweet but only mildly bitter. The foretaste is a disappointment. (Hmmm, it isnít that good.) Then the full flavor kicks in. It is delightful. This is surprisingly smooth, not at all what I expected. Each sip is to be savored for several seconds. The aftertaste is likewise very subtle as different flavors melt away. It does not coat the mouth and throat in the way that the Cuvee does. The range or spectrum of flavor is not as wide. Yet it does not disappoint at all -except maybe the wallet.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 Rerate: 1996 bottle, courtesy Papsoe, shared with folks at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a cloudy murky caramel color. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of delicious aroma and some butterscotch and gorgeous, nostril-filling fruity esters. Divine. Flavor is chock full of gorgeous, mouth-savoring notes, including caramel, dark candy, plum, rich fruits, brown sugar...amazing. Extremely drinkable and as good as a beer as Iíve ever had. We had it side by side with an í07 Westy 12, and this one destroyed the latter. Amazing.
Huge thanks to my dear friend peabody for this one. Looks beautiful. The smell doesnít hit me as well as the Westy 8. The taste is amazing and so smooth for a 10% beer. Best in the world? Tough call. I think I like the Westy 8 more. Still, a fantastic brew here.
Stip (8) - Zolder, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I can see why this beer was rated the best in the world. Itís a pity itís so hard to get!
DrededBrethren (10) - Palm, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very exciting tasting 6/2 thanks to Jhop and friends. Aroma- nothing dominating but a nice complex blend of light roast, perfumey alcohol, dark fruit and banana.
Appearance- Hazy brown, tan head and hot legs. Flavor- Similar to the aroma but a subtle hint of a noble hop variety into the warm finish. Palate- medium-full body with a delicate presence in the mouth that is only found in a westvleteren. Killer Quad.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a small light tan head that fades leaving minimal lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, slightly burnt caramel, figs, alcohol, slight banana, and yeast spice. Taste is the same as aroma with just a slight residual sweetness. Medium mouthfeel with a nice but not hot alcohol warmth and mild bitterness. This beer lived up to all of the hype. I canít wait to get my hands on one again.