jipo (2) - GERMANY - APR 1, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
excellent very tastefull, color superb even if it is difficult to get to. this beer is dark brown and really made "in de wrede"
DSG (11505) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2016 Re-rate 4/16: Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Lior D. Bottled 2013. Dark brown. Dark fruits, malt, caramel, honey, a bit of oxidation, nuts. Sweet. Rounded. Very nice. 7/3/7/4/15=3.6
Re-rate 3/15: Bottle sample at a tasting at Naama’s place. Thanks Naama. 2012 bottle. Caramel, dark fruits, sweet, a bit of alcohol, a bit oxidized, a bit thin. 6/3/6/3/12=3
Re-rate 11/29/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks Tom. Bottle is 5 months old. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma full of dark fruits, a bit of licorice, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Sweet flavor with malt, dark fruits, chocolate, a bit of licorice and a drier finish. Medium-bodied, silky mouthfeel. 7/3/7/4/14=3.5
Re-rate 5/18/09: Bottle sample at a tasting. Deep red color. Aroma of dark fruits - plums and raisins, some cookie notes, caramel, licorice and yeast. Sweet caramelly flavor with yeast, bread, lots of dark fruits and alcohol. Full-bodied. 7/4/7/4/15=3.7
(2/28/08) Bottle sample at PreZBF@Alvinne in Heule. Bottled in 2008 (if the assumption that BBD-3yrs=bottling date is correct). Dark brown color with a light beige-brown head. Aroma of dark malt, caramel and tons of dark fruits (lots of plums, some prunes and raisins). Malty sweet flavor with some fruits and roasted notes. Finishes dry. Medium to full body. This is really great. I got three more bottles to take home (each for about 3-4 Euros!) at the Alvinne brewery shop, so I could taste it again after a bit more cellar time. 9/5/8/4/17=4.3
riversideAK (6103) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 Bottle shared by aspidites. Cloudy copper color with noticeable yeast. Fruity aroma with yeasty spice as well. Dates, plums, raisins, sweet dark bread, candy sugar. Flavors are just as complex as the aroma. This is a liquid candy in a sense. Incredibly smooth and well put together. This is an amazing beer. Not the best of the day, but damn fine. Thanks again Mike!
Braudog (6290) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Diane and CJ (thanks guys!). They thought this was at least 2 years old but weren’t really sure. I found it a bit thinner than I’d anticipated, I guess a byproduct of aging. Of particular note there was little to no head here. But the aroma, full of grapey fruitiness, promised something special. And indeed the rich plum, fig, raisin character was especially enjoyable. Smooth and clean. I think this beer does benefit from its own mythology and lack of availability, but it is quite good. (#3358, 3/28/2008)
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2010 Rating #100! Cap: 20.11.10 - I debated whether #100 was a worthy milestone for a Westy 12, but I couldn’t wait any longer damn it! I took over almost an hour and half to savor this little beauty.
Nose is figs, raisins, sugary candy, toffee and a touch of cherries.
Pours a cloudy caramel color with some floaters. 2 finger beige head initially that fades into a constant 2 cm topper. Lots of carbonation, though not much lacing. The head just slides off the glass.
This one is complex to say the least. Vanilla, dried dark fruits, caramelized sugar, bready yeast, all spice. Wow – it keeps changing like a Willy Wonka Gobstopper. A little hoppy alcohol burn in the finish to level out the sweetness.
Creamy bubbly/tingly mouth feel. Coats your entire mouth like latex paint.
An excellent complex Belgian. You could take a day trying to figure out the different flavors as it warms up. A notch or two above Rochefort 10 in my opinion, but with the availability of the latter, I’ll most likely stick with it rather than mail order from Belgium again. However, it certainly is worthy of its legendary status and a must try on your list.
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 This one really lives up to it’s hype. I have tasted 1, 2 and 3 year old version, and the last one (vintage 2004, sampled in 2007) just knocked me complety over. It is muddy brown with a lot of sediment, and has a fantastic aroma of berries, overripes fruits, toffee and caramel. The flavours are everything at once: sweet like caramel, fruity bitter and complex spicy. Finally the palette has a history of it’s own, being creamy and full bodied with a lively but refined carbonation and a finish that makes you wanna fill out the application form for the trappist monastary. Heavenly silence should be the canonized words for such a grand experience.
cschmelz (5) - Yakima, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What an incredible beer, brewed by incredible people, in an incredible place. We visited St. Sixtus recently and it is well worth the visit. At Peace, the little pub on the monestary site itself serves the beer for a pittance and it is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy beer brewed with care and tradition. Do yourself a favor if you visit Belgium and go and visit this very special place.
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fredagsbaren på Biologi, Aarhus
Complex - with balance of bitterness and malt
Fruits and vanilla
Creamlike palate and notes
The alcohol is occasionally too dominant
SaintBernardus (2) - Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 Not sure what the fuss is all about - this one is overrated. Sure, it’s tasty but didn’t live up to the expectations I got from this site. I’ll take a Saint Bernardus Apt 12 over this any day. I suspect the score is heavily influenced by the rarity and hype. Must I have another? Nope, not when I can pick up an Apt 12 just down street. At least I got it out of my system, had to try it.
dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is sweet with lots of malt, fruit and, spice. Has some fruity chocolate, malt and a little bitterness in the flavor with some alcohol that lingers in the finish. It’s a very nice beer but I wasn’t overwhelmed with it.