JBWalters3 (26) - USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
No such thing as a bad Trappist beer. This is at the top of them all.
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The smoothness and flavour of this particular beer is one of if not the best in the world. Travelling from Australia to Belgian for this beer was worth the airfare by far. The best way to truly sample this beer is to sit in the beer garden in Westvleteren and have it serve up to you. Even if thatís not possible it will still be the best youríve tasted.
Mads Langtved (2246) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2003 I don't even want to comment the beer. It's too good for words!!! a real titbit!!!!!!! On my trip to Belgium the price was 1,5Ä each in!!!!!! I had to buy it at the Cafe de Vrede because the beers at the abbey were sold out for the rest of the month! This beer has so many different notes. Choccolate, coffee, raisins, caramel etc... The master of cemplexity.
leaparsons (7129) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost cognac-like. This is a very rich and warming beer with caramel and a hint of chocolate and Xmas pudding. Left a good feeling in the mouth!
jsquire (3000) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This poured out of the bottle with a huge light tan head. I had to wait to pour the rest of the bottle into my glass, and no, I do not have any Belgian chalices to drink it out of. Due to the pour I did have floaties in the beer, which otherwise was a nice red-orange color. Very vinous nose with sweet, alcohol smells with a little musty hints hiding in the background. Very complex malt sweetness, with stong dark plum fruity notes initially that warmed up with more grape/raisin flavors. Nice alcohol warmness. Not my favorite of the big Belgians, but still a hell of a beer.
RichardGretton (4028) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head that the beer poured with was very disappointing (nothing like the picture on this website). Very dark and slightly sickly beer with a very strong burnít aftertaste. Probably this beer is a little too complex for my taste buds.
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Nice. Mine didnít pour with anyway near as much head as I expected. It has a dark, rich, merky brown colour, and a yeasty smell.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 Raisin and nut bread with a few flakes of chocolate... A drop of port wine and peppery alcohol on the side... Wooden dryness and cherry esters in a fluffy, nearly dry mouthfeelÖBy the Grace of Grog, this is quite good...
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First of all, Westvleteren gets my respect for not tampering with their trappist ale recipes at all. Just keep brewing the same beers for years and years because it is fantastic beer. I was very impressed with this beerís complexity. I get raisin, chocolate, spice and much much more. It also has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. About the only thing I didnít care for was itís sweetness (Iím comparing with Westy 8, which I did enjoy a bit more) but that is not to say I didnít enjoy this one overall. Definitely a top notch Belgian ale.
David (34) - Charlottenlund, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the best beer Iíve ever had. Its taste is more to my liking than Rochefort 10, probably since itís not as rough and powerful in alcohol. The amount of aroma in this beer is unbelievable. The appearance of this beer is great, especially the somewhat thick scum on top of the beer makes it look great. It lacks a litle in color tone though. Overall it beats Rochefort 10 and anything else Iíve tasted. If you havenít already, then give this beer a try!