BelgianBeerGal (3373) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2010 This is my favorite beer in Belgium. This is my favorite beer in Europe. This is my favorite beer in the world. I have had bottles at home with friends (2002-present) but I swear the flavor is better in the garden at In de Vrede. It would be a 5, but I will always search for the "perfect" beer.
MPA (860) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark/reddish brown with light, creamy head. Aroma of mature fruit, yeast, sweetness and sugar. Sugary flavour with yeast and fruit. High carbonation. (been awhile since this rating and I might soon be popping a new bottle to see if I missed something - after all it was at the end of a long evening at Københavnske Øldage)
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Poured into a St Sixtus Trappist glass, the beer swirled and splashed, as the magnificent off-white head rose from the slightly hazy dark copper body. The head settled into a creamy foam, showing the most amazing lace patterns I have seen on a beer, I just sat and swirled it around the glass for a while, watching the webs of beer wind their way down the glass, I would have given the beer 6/5 for appearance if I could. The aroma, strong, complex... raisons, smoke, nuts, sweet warmth, alcoholic spiciness, you cannot even begin to describe what comes through. The body is sweet, warm, sticky and smooth, so smooth... Delivering a list of flavours too long to mention, the hops are amazing, not too bitter, not too flavoursome, a little green and spicy perhaps. The malt profile is stunning, layer upon layer of complexity... you think, for example "oh, its chocolate, there is more chocolate than anything else!" then you have another sip, and something different grabs you. The finish is slightly restrained, with light hops and a sticky alcoholic warmth.
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Drank in a trappist glass. For our 100th beer... why not go big! This beer has been aged in perfect condition for over 6 years. Bottle expires 07/09/04. Aromas... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... you’d think it wouldn’t live up to its expectations... WELL YOU’RE WRONG... It would take a dictionary to enumerate all the flavors and aromas in this beer. Why is this the best beer in the world? You just have to taste it..... smell it... i’m not going to even try and enumerate everything i smeel and taste in this beer. I’m going to say that it is almost PERFECT. Might not be as professionel, but the name speaks for itself. END OF STORY. FYI... this beer ages beautifully. I have one more left... Mr. Westy, we’ll see each other in another 6 years when you should be 12 years old... FYI: the bottle cap says 10.6% ... not sure about that 10. 2.
peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy warm brown beer with a dens longlasting beige head that leaves a fine lacing. Aroma a is very nutty and malty. it is also rich and has hints of brown sugar, candy sugar, malts, bread, yeast, touches of almonds and port wine. The taste is super smooth and very generous. This beer has it all. It is very malty, the sweetness is perfect and the bitterings of the hops are very complex. Aftertaste is very long, alcohol is well integrated and hop bitters super complex. Westvleteren is hard to get and it is a great beer ! 10/4/10/5/18
rajendra82 (976) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 The bottle came to me in a trade from BA dogfooddog, and was unlabeled, with a yellow cap indicating a best before date of 08 04 08, making this a little over a year old. As I poured into a tulip, the beer came out murky dark brown and had a two finger thick foamy head. The aroma was spicy-sweet, with the smells of fresh hay, ripe cherries, chocolate, brown sugar, and apple skins detectable. The taste was about as smooth as I have had in a beer of this strength. Sweet tropical fruit and spiced bread like malts interplayed with earthy yeast and spicy hops, and everything was in perfect balance. The beer was somehow robust and delicate at the same time. At this young age the alcohol was evident, but only as soothing warmth. The mouthfeel was oily smooth, and the beer went down very easily and left a sweet aftertaste. Very fine beer indeed.
I decided to drink it side by side with a 2006 St. Bernardus Abt 12 for the sake of comparison. The color of the two was almost the same but the St. Bernardus was much more carbonated. It also smelled stronger, and had a distinctly sour note in the taste that was absent from the Westvleteren offering. The Westvleteren was sweeter and smoother than the secular cousin. Bottom line; can’t go wrong with either of them.
Amaj80HC (13) - 9, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2007 Almost every month i get 2 crates.
My experience is that there are huge differences between batches. I suggest that people mention the bottledate. For example 01/07 and 03/07 are way below standard quality. (less carbonation and thus rather dull)
This beer is ... well... awesome good. But people who have diffuculties to find this beer should know that this resembles the "St bernardus Abt". Watou made this beer under license from the end of WW2 until 1992. There is however a difference between a westy of 6 months and a fresh one.
Just recently the monks have limited the visits to 1 car a month. (I know people who managed to go there 5 times (x3 crates) since 14 october 2006), those crates were then exported immediatly. So it will be even harder to find this beer in the future.
PS. I remember the taste of this beer when i was young (’70ies and this beer was made by Watou at that time) Well, it tasted even better ....or did i loose a bit of my tastepotential over time?
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is of dark fruits and belgian yeast.Pours brown with a big tan head.Flavors are complex with belgian candy sugar and dark fruits standing out.Body is very full with a nice alcohol finish.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 The nose is definitely the winner on this for me. It is literally, never ending - chocolates, wood, tobaccos, creamy caramel, sweet cherries, it goes on and one. Very slight trace of alcohol. Fantastic. Great lacing and creamy mouthfeel taboot. The cherry note seems to take the forefront in the body - followed by smooth plum and banana notes. The fruitiness lingers long into the finish, which is a bit hot. I can definitely see the love for this beer, but isn’t the best I’ve had.
Stew41 (1796) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 August 2006 Bottling (Tasted March 2009, 4.1)
Ageing gracefully. Showed lots of powerful toffee, rum and raisen, not at all expected for a bottle with some age. Dried out a touch as the beer warmed up to reveal harder bitter chocolate notes. Even finishes a touch salty Structure is very much in tact although I think the fruit has dropped out a touch due to aging. (score is as per original tasting.
August 2006 Bottling (tasted October 2006)
Ok – the big daddy! Thin creamy head breaks up after 15 minutes. Quite garnet / brown in colour, a little lighter than expected. Sweet malts on the nose show some toffee. The obvious flavour concentration never goes over the top. Big mouthfeel. Whereas the ‘6’ and ‘8’ may have felt a little constrained the beer definitely drops all the shackles. Sweet malts, toffee, cooked sugar, aniseed – plenty happening. Palate structure is less impressive (all things relative), as it delivers the all flavours in a more ‘what you see is what you get’ style (ie perhaps a little forced). Doesn’t really have the obviously layers that a JW Lees Harvest Ale, or, dare I say, Redoak Baltic Porter, delivers. Notwithstanding, this is a great beer. e5.0 @ Afspanning ’t Waagstuk. (Oct 2006, 4.3)