tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 sweet nose. very smooth. hides the alcohol like no other. So well balanced. Lived up to the hype.
robinvboyer (3529) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 excellent!
had to go through alot to get one, but it was worth it
no surprises in the appearance, typical trappist, big thick head. aroma of dried fruits, and a tiny bit of caramel. Flavor is beautiful, very complex, lots of fruit, and caramel, with a tad bit of alcohol to remind you its 10.2%.
extremely outstading brew!
tomthompson89 (1933) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 22 year old bottle!!!!! brewed in 1984!!!!! nutty sweet nose not any head but guess what its 22 years old i didn’t expect any... fan freakin tastic, sweet caremel nut molloases. some fig. no biteerness just balanced. amazing is all i can say. most incredible beer!!!! drank the other bottle... colouring is progressivly milky brown some slight head in the second bottle, no real alcohol flavour so well balanced and blended, malt flavour everything just perfect!!!! And did i mention 22 years old. Oh and i do need to thank a friend for this one he is not a member but on another beer website he goes by no more euro lagers
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of apples, pums, rasins and figs, with caramel lurking deep down. Appears a hazy mahogany color, with deep burgundy tones on the edges, and with a small brown head that dissipates. Flavor is complex, with caramel, toffee, fig, rootbeer candy, and some pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Palate is medium-thick and velvety. A truly phenomenal brew, and one that meets expectations. My thanks to my SecretSanta.
BelgianBeerGal (3384) - 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 (862) - 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 (978) - 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.