Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky dark red amber with a creamy head and sweet aromas. Full-bodied with moderate bitterness. Fruits, sweet malts, flowers, dried herbs are all present with some bitter hops in the end. Alcohol content detracted somewhat making this slightly less appealing than the Extra 8. Very potent with a strong aftertaste.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
ok... this is my second time having this... its very dark with a creamy thin head that stays the whole way, the aroma is sweet - malty - nutty, the flavor is has lots of alcohol to it - which is a major diss to the old tongue, it has a rather nutty flavor - that was rather bitter - malty - but leaves a nasty film on my teeth that ive never experienced before... i dont know... this isnt #1
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 Great! Similar to the westy 8, but I actually liked the 8 better because the head was fuller and creamier and the taste was even more spot on. With that said, this is a perfectly, and i mean PERFECTLY balanced beer. One of the best belgian strong ale I have tasted. Period.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
O.k. so I finally spent the money to grab this beer. 12oz for $10. The expectations are high. The body was brown with a very small white head. A ton of yeast in suspension....I have to wait a while to pour the whole thing. The aroma is of alcohol and paint. Some nice brets and caramel. Is this the beer everyone has been raving about?? The palate is slightly oily and very smooth. The flavor is quite alcoholic with some caramel hinting at chocolate. Well rounded with some malts and some nuttiness. I am not really finding anything too wonderful about this beer to necessitate such a rating. It is a fine beer but, I have had much better.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2005 My lord...this is perfection in a bottle. this is so beyond complex in the flavors and aromas... simply stated... wow.
jfm (1725) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful brown color with a nice head. Taste is exceptionally great, complex, fruity, spicy, just excellent.
Kinz (3103) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As I'm approaching 100, I considered holding this off for the big event. But then I decided, nope, too cliche, let's drink this sucker. Fudgy brown color, with decent, beautifully creamy light tan head. The aroma is of grape must, and a touch of shampoo. Perfect palate. The taste, quite surprisingly, is nothing like the nose of the beer. I noted faint cherries, and silky chocolates. Although very, very nice, I didn't note quite the complexity or layering of flavors others have. But I can't complain about it's #1 ranking.
PeterHollander (20) - Hengelo, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Complex beer, I let it ripen for three years before tasting. The head vanished almost instantly and a strong alcoholic, portlike smell entered my nose. The taste was mildly sweet and more like a good wine, very complex. The finish was a bit dry and acidic adding to the very wine-like character of this beer.
3fourths (7511) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Presents a soapy, floral nose containing notes of plums, ginger, grapes, and maple. Sticky sweet, medium bodied. Bubble-gun like flavor and sharp acidic tinge in the finish. I had it a number of times subsequently in Europe, and overall it didn’t do a lot to make me change my opinion or score. It still is a delicious, strong, heavy beer. Subsequent bottle sampled in Belgium in 2006 were much better, very flavorful, everything you could expect.
Fresh bottles at In de Verde in Westvleteren are hot, a bit thin, and too green. Scores are in the 3.5-3.8 range for young bottles.
Rerated scores for 1-2 year old bottles hold true: 4.5.
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
7/5/03-My 40th Birthday present to myself!
Deep brown with orange hues. A foamy beige head. Some sedimentation present.
A rich complex aroma, reminds me of hazelnut liquer, port, caramel and toffee, delicious.
A worthy elixer to hold the #1 position.