DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2005
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Lost on my way through Belgium one clear, crisp, late winter evening, hope almost shattered, I stumbled across an aging man on the side of a dirt road. Cloaked, meditating, he weilded a glowing chalice, and muttered in a language I do not speak, but understood to mean, “take this glowing chalice, and become one with our beer.” I was nearly blinded by a glowing pillow of froth, and holding the glass to my nose, it became enshrouded in rings of trees bearing plums, burgundy grapes, hop bushes sprouting vanilla, strands of pale vienna malt, rum barrels and butterscotch. In a haze, I tipped the chalice to my lips, and a sea of velvet washed away first the tongue, then mouth, throat, stretching through to the soul. Vaguely I recall the monk gazing gleefully through my enraptured eyes, swept away by the 12, the most sacred of numbers, the 12 gods of Westvleteren. When I awoke in their humble monastery, a tinge of sorrow overcame me, for I may never experience joy this deep again. But I soon realized that I was fortunate to have had this experience at all, and was ready to continue the journey...
Thanks to Wolf for this rare brew, my 500th rating.
mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - MAR 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 draft. (just kidding, bottle) have to see what the fuss is all about. the aroma is somewhat subdued,but nice. the flavor, is indeed impressive. my bottle is rather young and i think some aging would probably make it even better. very nice indeed.
ps. i might re-rate this after tasting some aged bottles.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 An amazing beer, maybe this whole lack of sex thing is the key to being a brewMASTER. can not think of a beer that is better of any style, well ok maybe a few. Plums and blueberries ,cherries and raisins chocolate and vanilla dance in harmonious perfection. what could make a better evening except maybe a supermodel serving it to you in her bellybutton.
kwik-lime (1122) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 Tasting such a highly-rated beer I expected to be a touch dissapointed by it. Au contraire, it really is as good as one is led to believe. Beautiful aroma, malty with hints of brown sugar and a little fruitiness. Pours chocolate brown with a creamy off-white head that lasts quite well through the drink. Flavour is sweet, very smooth and nicely carbonated you can hardly tell that it is 10%. Banana-ey taste at first, gives way to maltiness with sugar, spices and light fruitiness all present with other flavours I missed or can’t remember. This is a simply marvellous beer and is fully deserving of its status.
marcus (5890) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Consumed at In de Vrede in Westvleteren. This dark brown ale poured with a slight tan head, eliciting a strong candy aroma. This is the real "King of Beers." The hearty flavor is perfectly balanced, yet quite complex. I tasted coffee, candy, malt and spices, with only a hint of alcohol. If there is such a thing as a perfect beer, this is it!
bibi (18) - De Panne, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown colored beer with a little creamy colred head. Very fruity,spicy aroma. The alcohol is well balanced. the first nip gave me a fruity, banana and yeasty taste. The aftertaste however is ever lasting combined with spices, yeast & alcohol. Wow, this is a beer to remember
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great warm brouwn color with fizzy bubbely foam. Complex nose of dark sugars, malts, cakes, spices and burnd bitterness of coffee and hoppy sharpness. Complex taste with very malty caracter, sweet smmothness, great selection of spices and great hops.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Probiere: I was saving this particualr bottle for a special occasion and with the Eagles in the Super Bowl what better time. I went in with high expectations and was not disappointed. Aroma is nice but not a fragrant as I expected. I let it sit for 10 minutes in the glass to let it set up and true to form the beer came up a red/brown with a decent tan head. Flavor was of raisin, and malt. Very warm and sweet opening my eyes every time I drank it. The finish was smooth with a yeast kicker on the end. I really enjoyed the beer and the experience of being able to sit down and enjoy what is considered one of the best beers on the planet.
rauchbier (3553) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating scores apply to a ten year old bottle I sampled for my hundredth rating. Re rate for young sample (8-4-8-5-18) Born on 27/11/03 sampled after one month. Good white head and good condition. Obvious alcohol and spicy malt, with a faintly herbal dandelion and burdock note. Figgy in the mouth but surprisingly thin. Roasty bitter finish with hints of banana and some trace hoppiness. Re rate for six month old bottle (8-3-8-4-16), Born on 27/11/03. Deep ruby red/brown, thin off white head and quite low condition. Muted bready yeast,sweet figs and a touch of alcohol in the nose. Quite sweet and fruity with hints of yeast and cola in the mouth. Finish is sweet and yeastily bitter. Definitely a beer that goes through a rough period after bottling. Re rate for year old sample (8-4-9-4-18) born on 27/11/03. Deep chestnut brown, moderate white head that soon drops and good condtion. Figgy and alcoholic in the nose, dry and chalky in the mouth with alcohol apparent, plenty of sweet fruity figs, a slight roastiness, some oaked port notes and a distant hint of smoke. Dry and chalkily bitter in the finish with some sweet caramel maltiness and a lingering bitterness.
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 #100, I got my crown! Thanks to JCapriotti and the Milwaukee RB action squad for this beer. 11.2oz. NB Worthy glass. 60°. The beer fizzed out of the bottle when I popped the cap and continued to fizz slightly. Poured muddy chocolate brown with a 1/2" off white head. As the head subsides, the foam rings the glass and shows the lacing that will steadily form throughout the drinking of this beer. Nose is yeasty, but hard to get much with the big foam head blocking the beer. When the head dies a bit, I got some cinnamon and spice hints along with the dominant yeast and malt. After 30 minutes the nose starts to blossom and smells like whole wheat pizza crust. The first sip tells me the beer is really "full." The beer has steady carbonation that makes it feel nice and the thickness of the beer coats. The taste is elaborate malts and yeast. Mildly sweet with citrus and estery notes as well as brown sugar, and nuts?. The beer is not sour, but sour enough to keep it from being "sweet." The flavors are complex, but restrained. It is not as "flashy" as some beers. It wants you to coax flavors and aroma out of it. The nose doesn’t waft up and hit you while you are not paying attention; you have to get your nose into it to smell it. The flavor is the same way, it is restrained and "it is what it is." The beer is probably a good representation of the monks that created it, "rich", but you would never know it. The finish is initially sour then mellows out to a calming, complex, but understated finish.
RE-RATE 4/27/05 Bottle @ Hopleaf in a Westvleteren glass. Aroma is subtle. Spicy with bourbon? notes. The flavor is huge. Dark fruit, yeast, almost a caramelly flavor. The mouthfeel is absolutely amazing. The beer has the sweetness and flavor of a dubbel x2, hence the quad nomer? Raisins, plums, yum. Once again, it is very good, just too reserved. Very good beer. Scored the same.