hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle dated August 2005. Made a pilgrimage all the way to Westvleteren to pick this up. Pours into my Westy goblet black with dark tan hints when held up to the light. Decent compact light tan head which recedes fairly quickly to a thin covering. Aroma is complex and amazing dark fruit, toffee, oak (almost wine barrel), subtle spice from the alcohol. Taste is full on - all of the components identified in the aroma, but so intense. Very sweet start is balanced we superbly by the bitterness of finish and the peppery spice from the otherwise well hidden alcohol. Mouth feel is full and velvety smooth, just about perfect. I canít imagine having too many of these in a session - it would have to be the night cap, however it is almost sad to get to the bottom of the glass, so I have rated it high on that basis. Damn, only one left now :-(.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 11.7oz bottle from OhioDad....Thanks Scott! A very slight gush as the bottle opens and a small amount of light tan foam begins to rise. Pours a dirty brownish green color with a dirty frothy head. Nose is bananas, bread, whiskey. First sip, banana bread soaked in whiskey. second -5th sip, more whiskey less banana. Then towards the bottom, more bananas, malted milk balls, slightly less of the alcohol and a bit more bready, doughiness. Overall a very good brew that lived up to the hype of being one of the best. Thanks Scott for the opportunity!
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
33 cl bottle. Yeast in bottom. Very dark reddish brown colour with a nice white head. Very pleasant aroma of dried fruit. A very powerfull tasting beer. Great flavour that becomes winery, complex and hints of cherry. Very pleasant endeed.
Habanero (2575) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2012 Nice white stabile head. Dark brown colour. Lower carbonation. Aromas of fruits (cherry), buttery malts. Very sweet smelling overall. Flavours of sweet bread, smooth malts, dried fruits (raisins) and roasted elements all perfectly balanced. Full bodied with an oily texture. Finished crisp, with some bitterness and sweetness in the aftertaste. Highly recommended and exceptionally enjoyable.★★★★★
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I donít give this a perfect rating, because I do believe, that if I find the perfect beer one day, I should stop looking. This is way up there. As everybody writes: A vinous nose, rich mouthwatering dried-fruits spicy flavor. A marvelous beer.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 Bottle (330ml). Big shout-out to blankboy for allowing me to piggyback on his Belgianshop.com order!. MY 500TH RATING. Served at approximately 12 celsius in my Westvleteren goblet. Poured a lively dark amber-brown with a decent off-white foamy head - the last 10% of the pour showed a fair bit of tiny black particles (tasty!). Initial aroma pounded my hindbrain: yeast; sweet dough, strong fruits, hint of wine, roast malt, roast nuts - more emerged as it opened, other fruits, caramel sweetness, earthy tones. And oh, the flavour - all of the above, but with a restrained bitterness - alcohol & hops, perhaps? - keeping it in balance. Each taste had a different mouthfeel as more and more elements vied for my attention - mouthfeel was full-bodied, not flat or carbonated - just complex. Ultimately I have to rate this a 5.0 - itís by far the best thing Iíve ever tasted; while there have been a couple of imperial stouts that are up there, this is definitely the holy grail of beers. My only regret making this my 500th rating is I canít ALSO make it my 1000th! *note - re-rated down to 4.9 because on reflection I canít in good conscience claim anything is perfect - perfection is to be sought after, never attained.
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intens brown color, hazy, and creamy light brown coloured foam. Overwhelming aromaís of cakes, chesnut purť, caramel, sweet bread, earthy tones and hops. Taste is powerfull and very mouth-filling. Taste is sweet nutty, breaddy, hints of dry figgs, caramel, and fine hops in the finish. Indeed a great beer !
HardTarget (1) - Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Inspection: Cap has a date, but I can only read the first two numbers: 11/08/? Cap is worn on one side and the bottle has the ďAmericanĒ label.
Aroma: Rich malt nose, hints of fruit, mainly fig, and a good dose of spicy alcohol.
Appearance: Clear tan amber glass with a good cover of off white head that lasted as a collar (impressive given the abv), but didnít lace. Last pour was murky with a fair amount of blackish sludge (you KNOW I drank it all).
Flavor: Belgian yeast and dark fruit are the main flavors with a touch of almond liquor (Frangelica). There is a hint of the ďfresh Christmas presentĒ taste that I get from Rochefort 10 as well. A well put together taste overall and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected but silky smooth texture
Overall Impression: Impossible to be objective with this one. In some ways I was a touch disappointed. I imaged angels dancing on my tongue and some sort of beer epiphany that would allow me some sort of deep beer insight into the nature of things.
Itís just a beer. A good beer, heck, a Great Beer! But, beer.
That said, it is massively drinkable and if the monks lived next door, Iíd drink this daily! Iím not going to fly all the way to Belgium just to drink this though. If you get the chance, by all means, give it a shot, but if you donít get the chance, donít feel like youíve missed out of what beer is about.
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown body with ruby tinges and a light tan head. Aroma took awhile to pick up but after that it was thick and heavy, full of dried fruit, soft pepper and yeast. Smooth and full bodied in the taste there was an array of different flavours starting with dried fruit, spice, licorice, a touch of chocolate, caramel and meat. Many thanks to Kook for this superb beer!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Secret Santa (July) for this masterpiece. Pours dark opaque brown, little sediment floaties, and a huge tan head, that fades to film. Rotten banana up front with a little alcohol, lots of dark sweet malt, and dark fruits. Initial flavor is all sweet caramel malt, same rotten banana through the middle with some spicey cocoa in the finish. Flavor not as strong as aroma would indicate. Full bodied, very easy drink considering alcohol content.