Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark redish brown, smooth looking beer that had an abundance of flavor, mainly malty and fruity. A very well balanced beer, although not my fav. style.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
my best friend brought 2 bottles of this back from the brewery recently and I shared this with my two sons this afternoon. buttery smooth with aroma of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit and some butter toffee. looks are deceiving with this beer as it looks thin but has an oily, medium-full quality to it. a complexity of flavors greet you as you work your way down the glass, all are good! one of the things I do not care for about Belgian beer is an overabundance of candi sugar. and while it is present here it is not so strong as to detract from the overall enjoyment for me. while Iím not sure, IMO, that this is the best of the best, it certainly deserves lofty praise. a true gem of a beer!
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
carmel, honey, and chocolate in the aroma. dark brown color with perfect white head. tastes like carmel, chocolate, malts, those reisin chocolate square things. chewy flavors. oh so good. too hard to pick out everything i liked about this beer.
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance:redish brown,good head...
Flavor:plum,caramel,raisin.Very complexe but a prefer the rochefort 10.....
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
U never drank a good beer if u didínt drink this one. Very komplex aroma. It has a red-brown colour with a medium light brown head. The flavour was as komplex as the aroma. Impossible to taste the actual strength of this beer
OldGrowth (2610) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from Colonial Spirits. Good nose, sweet. Dried fruits, raisin,cherry, plum, initially thought of red wine, brown sugar. Great looking beer, tad hazy brownish red color, big head that slowly faded to a ring with skim cover. Sweet tart flavors, Chocolate, cherry, maple, brown sugar, little cinnamon. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, dry sweet finish, has some heat. Nice brew, great to roll on tounge. Cap has date of 24/02/07. Good to get around to this one. Another in a line of Belgian beers that has been gaining in my personal preferences. Thanks to alemagnus for the tip this was in. Also finally got me to Colonial spirits, so thanks Tim, the beer guy.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 Sampled during a gathering of the Champaign-Urbana beer club. This review is from my notes written later that night. "Bottle courtesy of Andy. If one were rating in terms of complexity, this would have to make the top 10 beers of the world. It was an impressive blend of fruit notes such as peach and cherry combined with darker flavors of toffee and bourbon. I can see why this merits some hype, but its not my favorite in terms of flavor. Perhaps its the Belgian yeast that gave it the funkiness that just didnít do it for me. Still, for complexityís sake, I give this an A rating."
Rerating courtesy of bottle from Drew, shared with Nilay, Andy, and Edward. Add to previous rating a lot of Grape Bubblacious/Bubble Yum on the palate and nose. Wierd, but noticeably present.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark crimson color with a great off white head and silky lacing. Bread dough, tobacco, leather and prune in the nose. Tobacco, cookie dough, plum, and raisin. Very complex. Creamy texture and finish. Great beer.
Tatterdash (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
We went through hell to get this, fortunately it was worth the effort. Pours a dark cloudy red brown with a tan head that looks amazing, but doesnít look as amazing as I thought, still exceptional. Aroma was almost wine-like, with dark fruits and a strong breadiness, very good, but still not the best I have smelt. Taste is amazingly all over the map, sweet dark fruits first, malty middle, long hoppy finish, very, very complex, every sip was slightly different. Velvetty smooth mouthfeel, without a hint of alcohol. This beer is exceptional and definitely world-class, but I had one better than it so far.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2012 Re-rate, from a fresh bottle in Poperinge, Belgium.
Holy moly. NOW I get it. Notes of chocolate and sweet malt in the nose, a flowing and feathery whisp of sweet chocolate raisin on the tongue. There are many more descriptors that I will put down at a later time but holy moly, this beer IS that good.
So this is the almight Westy 12... Pours a bit (actually a lot) thinner than I expected... Dark mahogany tint with a thin head that clings nicely to the glass. Aroma is cinnamon with a bit of toffee. Palate is a bit thin, but the flavor makes up for it. Raisin, yeast, toffee, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla round out the flavors. Aftertaste is brief with a quick flurry of alcohol, but the latter leaves with a slight evanescence on the tongue. Leaves the drinker wanting more. RETASTE:0 Flavor is much more cohesive than last when I tasted it. The raisin is less prominent, and there seems to be more malted chocolate in the drink. A bit more bitter than last time, and that isnít necessarily a bad thing. Still, for my money, Westy 8 blows this one away.