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)
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Beer #150! I am so excited to finally try this beer. Pours a dark brown color with an nice sized off-white head on top. Looks amazing! Aroma is full of dark fruits, raisins, cherries, licorice, plums, belgian candied sugar, and toffee. Flavor is very complex, all sorts of flavors touch the palate. Raisin, caramel, chocolate, plums, cherries, grapes, yeast, and Belgian candied sugar. A hoppy spicy bitterness at the end keeps the beer from being overly sweet. Wow! This is truly a wonderful beer!
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
bottle. very dark brown color. medium head. bit carpy. malty caramelly dark fruits aroma. yeasty chokolaty and extremely complex. very thick and rich.
Marko (4263) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 16, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle courtesy of Ludo from the BC Group (thanks a LOT !)
It looked great. A big, "solid" tan head that dissipated slowly on top of a nice dark brown body. Nose... hmm... honey, malt, chocolate, a weak hint of alcohol, honey, some raisins and coffee. The taste... a lovely malty/sugary sweetness tops it all, but underneath one can find a lot, some hoppiness, caramel, honey, lovely fruitiness coming up from below... like plums with that acidity, only sweeter, just a hint of earthiness, alcohol, sone herbs/spices. Oooh. A chewy hoppiness in the aftertaste. Damn smooth, yeah, velvety is a great word. Yup... pretty much the best beer I’ve had. Not a 5.0... no... the aroma isn’t a 10. But damn close.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
# 1000, and what a beer it is. HUGE thanks to Mike from Cole’s for allowing me to sample this. Nose is rich malt, toffee, caramel, light english tea, chocolate, yeast, raisin. Flavor is sweet malt, raisin, caramel, chocolate, slightly herbal. Sweet finish with yeast, some alcohol, spice. Amazing. Body is creamy & smooth. No feel of carbonation on the tongue but its there. Rich and wonderful.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a distinctive no label 33 cl. brown bottle with a freshness date on the cap, hard to read the year, 09.08.08(?), sampled at cellar temperature, served in a Westvleteren silver rimmed chalice.
Poured a ruby hued brown with a frothy, fluffy, bubbly topped off-white head that slowly settled into a thin bubbly lacing, small amount of laced sticking.
Tasty aromas of plums and ripe raisin with a light caramel, anise medicinal, herbal, spicy rum-like alcohol, and just a great sweet maltiness.
Good, even, steady carbonation and a crisp, dry, sipping velvety smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel, pretty close to perfect.
Delicious quadrupel taste, caramel maltiness that is followed by a plum fruitiness and Belgian candied sugar, clove and a good light spiciness, softly herbal, a dirty yeastiness, the alcohol is warming in the palate, a bit sweet and spicy as well, and a dry yeasty, malty finish with a lingering spicy alcohol presence.
A great quadrupel, a sipper for sure, something I wish I could spend many a night with, very enjoyable.
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nutty, malty, some wood, alcoholic, sweet, fudge, a lot of carbonation, mild taste, not the classic belgium taste
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My 100th! What a beautiful beer. A deep dark brown with a thick white head. The aroma was not overwhelming. It was sweet malts and glorious dried fruits, so many I could not pick out each one. The flavor just would not stop it was sweet malts up front then kept on blending and changing from different dried fruits, some raisins, apricots, cherry. The finish was the best part. You could take a sip and the flavors would keep chaning in your mouth minute after minute. As it warms up some alcohol burn in the back of your mouth but not that much. Great complex beer!
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Mission complete: Traveled from Lille, France to Westvleteren today. I still can’t believe that I was there and that i have tasted this beer. It is #1 for good reason. I have never tasted anything like it, so complex, so balanced simply perfect, and I’m not just saying this because it is #1 it complelty went beyond my expectations. This beer is in a league of its own. It came to me from the bar with a big rockyhead that foamed and gained beauty as I waited for it to warm up a bit. Dark brown in color with a tanish head. The aroma is great, but subtle. You can detect all the elements, sliky malts, spicy hops and yeast, with fruits, like raisins. The alcohol is present but is enhancing and not overwhelming. The flavor is even better than the aroma. Dried friuts are present with spicy notes from the hops and alcohol. everything is perfectly in balance in this beer. All of the elements shine though like no other beer that I have ever tasted. Excellents active mouth feel that coats the mouth, tickles the tongue, and just says drink me. simply amazing. Too bad that you can’t even by 6 packs in the shop anymore. Will have to go there again
Janko (7) - Enskede gård, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2006 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An enormous beer, but in fact not that balanced. More (sweet) power than elegance. Ages very well.