thedrip (10) - Harlowton, Montana, USA - JAN 17, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
its perfect. I drank it...and then could not get my head around the flavor ..comparable to Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus abt. but...just so much more complex. There is a ton of flavors..and they BALANCE. it is an awesome beer.
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark brown beer. Very small head. Very rich aroma and taste. A lot of dark fruits, caramel, coffee notes, spices and some alcohol at the end. Very long lasting aftertaste. Very complex but o so nicely balanced.
My second 20/20!
Jerre (3032) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2014 Bottle, 33 cl. Yesterday evening taste again after years.
Dark brown almost black color, with creamy beige head.
Rich and complex..alcohol give a warm mouthfeeling.
This is the best !
But personally for me is the blond version 5,8 more my taste.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I found this beer for sale at OíBrienís, with a hefty price tag for a 12 oz. Still, it was cheaper than a ticket to Belgium and I wasnít about to pass up the top rated beer in the world. Pours murky brown with a big tan head that stays around for a while. Pleasantly sweet aroma of cherries, prunes, brown sugar, licorice, bread dough, oak, and yeast. Unbeleivably light mouthfeel. Its like the beer hovers on your tongue. Amazing taste. It mimics the aroma quite well, with an intriguing combination of tastes. I had the same problem as others: it was very, very difficult to pin down specific flavors. It was almost as if the beer was blending and mixing while in your mouth. Sweet, sour, spice, and fruit were in constant motion and made up a beer that is almost undescribably good. It was well worth its price.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 Tried the Westy 8 first and was slightly dissapointed. So I didnít know what to expect with the 12. Poured a dark murky brown into my St. Bernardus glass. On first sip the beer is way to cold. Still I pick up big dark fruit flavors, lots of prune juice soaked bread, with a finish that is lasting and perfect. Upon warming it really opens up. The flavors up front get bigger without losing the perfect balance and the finish lasts longer. The balance is near perfect, with a complexity I have rarely seen in such a smooth and soft beer.
Re-rate: Had another bottle of this last night. I thought I might be able to rate this better without so much initial hype as the first time. Still an awesome beer, lot to be said for the subtleties. Also, one of the best beers I have had at room temperature. Still, not quite as impressed on this second go. It has great balance, and a really stellar quality about it, but the titile of best beer in the world is hard to live up to.
Yves (2778) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown coloured beer with small head, a sweet malty aroma. Iím not really a fan of brown beers, but when you taste this one, you are in heaven.
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 The aroma smells like red wine. It looks like heaven in a glass - a dark brown with very little head. The flavor is truely amazing. Hints of chocolate, brown sugar and nuts. Goes down very smooth. When you taste this, you know why it is currently rated #1. If I ever have the chance to drink this beer again, I will certainly take advantage
phantomtwister (19) - BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2008
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I live about 30km from the abbey :)
i think the beer is so popular because itís not on the market. It is a very good beer ut belgium has many other beers with the same score for me.
if you buy this beer, just keep it 1 year closed, they taste so much softer/better. (but i know, itís hard)
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 RERATE- bottle at In De Vrede. Has a hot, praline-nutty, cherry liqueur chocolate character, with less body, less complexity and more alcohol than I remember. Dumbed-down a notch?. Not my favourite beer in the world anymore- 848417.
Fresh bottle bought at St. Sixtus, 29/12/07. Tasted of nothing but vague roasty/hoppy bitterness at In De Vrede owing to the flu, but back home itís easy to see why this is currently revered as planet Earthís no.#1 rated. Pours stouty mahogany with reddish edges against the light, and an irregular beige head. Aroma sharp, bready, yeasty and smothered with prunes, hazelnut, chocolate, dark spicy fruit and a touch of liquorice. Again, a slightly sulphurous note leaning towards living English bitter (Badger, Marstonís, Wadworthís?). Smells alive, beery and like itís just been drawn from a cask. Impossible to sniff without salivating. Flavour easily the sweetest of the Holy Trinity, thick with toffee, milk chocolate and burnt sugar, but also intense charred malt (or at least the impression of it), 70% cocoa bitterness and a closing sting of bitter, bitter hops. Thereís also sweet nutty malt like the 8, prunes and even suggestions of glace cherry or strawberry. The deliciousness of this beer lies in an intense bittersweetness thatís uncomplicated, but difficult to pin down. Light but persuasive on the palate, with gentle coaxing alcohol and above everything, a nutty chocolate malt smoothness I donít want to end. Iím not saying itís the Greatest Beer in the World (Iíve sampled to date), but itís in the top one. 949419.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
300ml - Thanks Jeffin7 from my first trade - bottled 04/23/05 with 06/06/07 on the cap - #900 - Aroma of raisin, prune and other dark fruits, alcohol, bready yeast and some spice I canít put my finger on. Pours very dark burgundy with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is dark fruits quickly followed by spicy yeast. Damn thatís so flavorful and so smooth. A nice malty finish that lingers forever. Sip and sit as to not waste any of it. Palate is sticky, yet very smooth especially for 10.2%. A very complex and tasty brew that I will need to try again and again to fully appreciate. Worth the hype.