emotv (351) - Izmir, TURKEY - JUL 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2004 Finally I am tasting this beauty.Nice trapist scent on first.Very sweet at the beginning.Full mouthfeel.Great beer.Balanced and sweet mix with bitterness.
GregClow (2806) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
So here I am at rating #500. Iíd been saving this great beer for the occassion, packed away in a secret place so it wouldnít tempt me before now. When jercraigs invited a few of us over for tasting session, I figured that I would hit #500 that day, so I decided to bring this along to share the love. The question was: would this world-renowned beer reach our expectations? Colour is rich mahogany with a slight cloudiness and a prefect beige head. Aroma is full and appetizing with notes of sugar, raisins, molasses, cinnamon, plum pudding and gingerbread. Warm, full mouthfeel. The flavour is less complex than expected, but still remarkable in itís balance and uniqueness, holding sweet fruity malts, worldly spices, and some hints of dark rye bread. In the end, it wasnít the brain-expanding experience that we were half-expecting, but it is still a world class beer, and easily in my personal top ten.
Sammy (8024) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2009 The Beer. Hard to meet expectations, Could 2 years or so not be enough aging? The fine wine appearance. Even the sediment is beautiful. Complex aroma including raisin. Thanks for the sharing to Gregclow.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 2008-03-02. Very dark brown body with a modest foamy tan head, excellent lacing (4+). Sweet flavour, booze soaked dark fruit flavours are similar but more complex than in teh 8, and much more so than I remembered from previously samples of the 12. Sweet malt, muted caramel lingering boozy fruit. Aroma is alcohol, mild notes of the sweet sugary malt to come in the flavour. Smooth medium palate is softer than the others and seems less carbonated (4+). Fabulous, much nicer than my previous examples. And now I need to go strangle the jackass that just lit up a cigarette while drinking his Westy 12!!!! 8+/4/8/4+/17-18 - 4.2
Bottle at In De Vrede Cafe, Westvleteren
Overheard: "They say about the beer on a website... Itís disaster for the locals!!!"
<P>Re April 22, 2005 Ruby brown, small white head. Aroma is noticeably alcoholic, with sweet vaguely sugary malt. Flavour is again quite sweet with malt and a hunt of brown sugar, alcohol lingers pleasantly in the aftertaste. Medium bodied palate. Thanks for sharing R. 7/4/8/4/16 (Interestingly I enjoyed this sample more than the first but rated it slightly lower in terms of the #s.)<P>
Original Rating Aged 2 years+ Hazy brown body with moderate beige head that diminishes a bit. Sweet malty aroma, with a touch of candi sugar? Sweet alcoholic notes and layers I canít quite discern. Mouth feel is medium high. Flavour is dominated by sweet maltiness. Some candi sugar. Very mellow, the alcohol content is virtually non-existent. Very nice beer that is not quite as complex or mind blowing as anticipated. Many many thanks to GregClow who shared this bottle. 8/4/8/4/17
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
had a very young version of this bad boy, and boy was it good. head was quite large, but actually delightful. smelled of fruits, malt, sugars. nice aroma. tastes very similar, but more sweet then expeceted. great beer, many saved in the cellar for years to come. amazing though, really all i figured it to be.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
finally got a few bottles of this..about time. Complex..Get it.. Get it now..sweet, dried fruit, figs, mollasses, alcohol,lots of other stuff.finishes dry, which was a pleasant suprise .the definition of liquid bread..really hearty bread...wish i had more.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #666. For this evil occasion, I finally popped open two bottles of Westy 12, one bottled 11/26/2002, and the other bottled 1/14/03. The beer poured dirty brown with orange highlights and a thick, dissipating to medium, light tan head. Nice aroma of bread, bread, more bread, prune, raisin, and alcohol, with a very perfumey, candylike feel. Flavor let me down a bit, perhaps because it was minimally fruity. Bread was predominant, with toasty and phenolic character, some prune (but not too much), and spice. The alcohol burn was a bit too strong in the older bottle, while it was balanced better in the younger bottle. Still, the alcohol did detract from the experience on the whole. Itís solid, but I prefer its sibling, Westy 8.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The true King of beers. Numero uno. Very complex with caramel apples, toffee, coffee (latte), prunes, raisins, grape juice, chestnut, black walnut and a rich Chi tea flavor. All well balanced, but all in all reality a bit over the top. The carbonation is great. Sweetness present but not chewy. Brown cloudy appearance. Overall, a dark mysterious beer with genuine flavor and outstanding complexity. Over-hyped? I donít think so. Held to extreme expectation? Yes.
cstuartj (904) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 I think I went into this one with overly high expectations. It is an amazing beer, but to be honest I was so hipped up I was expecting some kind of religious experience. What I got was an amazing complex brew that took some serious work to comprehend and appreciate. I tried one and have 3 more cellaring for a year or two to see how they do with some more age.
kumite56 (468) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
OK. Now at least I can die a happy man. I bought this beer over six months ago and have been waiting for a suitable occasion to sample same. The resulting experience was worth the wait. this beer poors a deep mahogany color toped by a nice and large light brown head. The complexity of the beer first makes it presence known in the aroma with a malty and fruity nose present. the tasting experience reveals a cornucopia of flavors. So many wonderful flavors are present that it is hard to single out any specific flavor for evaluation. What a complex and wonderful beer. I did get significant flavors of dried fruit (raisin, dates, plums etc) with some yeast (dough) present as well. Nicely balanced as the moderately sweet initial taste is offset somewhat by an appropriate amount of hops. Alcohol is definately present and adds a nice warming effect. Its presense however is inofensive.
A great soft mouthfeel and perfect palate.
This is truly a great beer. Way to go Monks.