bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Found at a local beer shop in Belgium. A very black opaque beer, with a small off-white head and not much acid. The aroma is difficult to describe, you can smell malt, raisin, nuts, wood, toffee, etc. Very well balanced. The initial flavour is sweet (but not too sweet) and it has a long aftertaste.
In a blind test, together with La Trappe and St.-Bernardus Abt, this beer was less balanced and more malty than the Bernardus, but clearly ahead of the La Trappe.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
O hell yeah.what a way to celebrate #400.The # 1 beer in all the land.pours a dark brown with a frothy head.Has the dark fruits i like with some wood and nuts.Has some spiciness to it also.The finish was warming leaving me wanting more.What an orgasmic ride.If someone told me I had to lose some thing in my life to never have again and my choices were Westy or porn, I would tell them to keep the porn!
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 29, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours deep brown with a big off white head. Aroma is mild nutty, raisin and other dark fruits. Taste is extremely pleasent dark fruit and medium spice. The best part about this beer is the mouthfeel. So soft and smooth it is unreal. Aftertaste is nutty and has a hint of alcohol. Great beer.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draft at the abbey cafe! Arrived in a chalice, dark chestnut brown, hazy and only moderately translucent with a thick beige head that left delicate lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts, molasses, licorice, coffee grounds, bit of alcohol and spice in a cijnnamon, clove and nutmeg kind of way. Sweet spicy flavor featuring ripe, dark dried fruits like dates and figs, coffee, lots of wild spiciness, clove, allspice, maple syrup and pepper in the finish with all the complex flavors still allowing a pleasant alcohol burn. Creamy, smooth and full bodied. Yummy indeed and what a privilege to have my first sample be at the Abbey St Sixtus itself!
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Cloudy brown/red colour. Medium, frothy, off-white head. Malty, lightly sweet aroma with notes of plums, raisins and hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Tastes foremost malty and fruity, which in this case means plums. Caramalty notes, raisins and alcohol. For me the taste is dominated by plums and caramelly maltiness. A loveable brew. But again I´d rather go for the Rochefort counterpart. Many thanks go out to bierkoning for this.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
definitely worth the wait...Dark brown color with a fizzy off white head...Aroma of sweet malt..Flavor of dark fruit, esters, sweet malts...Exceptionally balanced... Alcohol became slightly more evident toward the finish as the beer neared room temp...I could find no flaw in this beer
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. The head forms and falls quickly with an earthy brown body with some small sedimentation and belgian lace. The smell is indescribable; it starts off leathery, almost like a tack shop, with evident alcohol notes and chocolate and caramel to top it off. As the beer warms up, I also notice some hints of fresh grains as well. This beer offers a near perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness with only a hint of alcohol - the tastes are just overwhelming.
rogueminded (41) - Newport, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I traveled to Belgium for this particular beer; to see if it lived up to the hype. My God, way to make the train ticket worth it. Complex, yet simple. Dark, yet light. Heavy, yet smooth. Enjoyed this amazing experience at the Dellirium cafe in Brussels. A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ART!
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Hazy dark brown, with small light beige head. Very complex, sweet aroma of burnt sugar, alcohol and licorice. Complex, fruity full flavor ending in hoppy alcohol finish.
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Dark nut brown, hazy colour with small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, alcohol, fruit, flowers a bit licorace and banana, very complex. Extremely wellbalanced complex flavour, being soft and sweet into a bit biting alcohol. Flavour consists of bananas, citrus, hops, alcohol and caramel and lots more. Excellent beer.