Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1000. Big thanks to Martin (Engelsmann). I cant beleive I have never rated this before- I think I have had samples at previous tastings. Im glad I waited, this beer is very deserving of the 1000th rating. Pours a very very deep amber- mostly brown and moslty cloudy even when I left the dreggs in the bottle. A very large light beige head is created upon the pour with a crapload of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is truly unlike any other beer I have had- not even the St Bernardus can compare. Aroma of light earthy and spicy hints with light barnyard notes. Next the fruity esters from the yeast come into play, and then finish with a crapload of sweet fruity malt- lots of caramel, chocolate, and special B. Almost a musty hint in the end of the aroma as well. Flavor is mostly sweet malt in the front with caramel chocolate malst in the middle- intermingling with hops and even a touch of tobacco. Good hop bitterness in the end- almost an earthy-hop character. Finishes a bit dry but still a lot of complex malt sweetness. Full mouthfeel with a smooth finish. This beer is so unique and so complex that is is deserving of the highest rating on this site.
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown colour, average off white head. Rather sweet and malty aroma, fruity to. Smouth and creamy palate, wonderfull finish, light bitter creamy, some herbs.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I know most people like this one over Rochefort 10. I dont. I find the palate in Rochefort 10 better than this one. But dont get me wrong - still an exelent brew.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A nice healthy oak and citrus aroma. A dark cloudy copper color. A good thick cream colored head when is first poured draws itself into the beer. A rich and heavy smooth malt taste that fades leaving the mild taste of honey lingering in the throat.
Kingsley (26) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Iíve tasted thousands of beers in the last 23 years, and I have no doubt that this is the best Iíve tried. I first tried it on the only sunny day in my tour of Belgium in 2000, sitting outside of Het Spannekopke restaurant (a must-try if in Brussels). When the waiter came to check on us, he saw my smile and said "I know, I know..." Since then Iíve had it at home and at the Belgian beer festivals at Carlsbad Pizza Port. Most recently tried it alongside Rochefort 10 at home. Dark brown-burgundy in color, with a thick, rocky head. Very malty, but balanced with bitter notes of charcoal and a slight smokiness in addition to the hops. Gets better as it warms towards room temperature. Sweet toffee, molasses, and candy sugar flavors fill the palate. A delight. (After rating, I went through and read the lowest ratings of this. Several people mention the high cost. When I bought it, both at the restaurant and at the bottle store, the price wasnít out of the ordinary for a trappist ale. I suppose that, since 2000, the beer has grown so in reputation and popularity that it has risen in price. A rare find, and hence, expensive, if these stories of its expense are to be believed.)
slotman (2) - DENMARK - DEC 8, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is just the very best beer. Nothing compares to the special Westvleteren-flavour. Like the Rochefort 10, itís sweet and is just a explosions of joyfull taste in your mouth. I cannot recommend this beer enough. Itís difficult to get a hold on, but prepare yourself for a taste of another world. The second best beer I have tasted is the Rochefort 10, and allthough it gets close to Abt12, it is not in the same ligue. Highly recommendable!!!
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2007 Thanks to Kevster for this badboy that his guy picked up from the brewery with 175 cars in front of him, so thanks to you also.
2nd time, big thanks to MikeTD. Dark mahogany pour with a white head that stays the whole time. Perfumy aroma. Dark berries, loads of candi sugar, caramel and a touch of chocolate in the background. Lots of floral hops and a big earthy aftertaste. As it warms apples, pear lights fruits and dark berries come out more. Perfumy as well with more spicy yeast and candi sugar sticking around. Truly is a world class brew.
joshuah (37) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very very complex. Fresh brewed bottle shared with SuIIy. High alchohol content which isnít even noticable. Very very tasty. Canít wait to try a vintage.
Lubiere (10438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1999 vintage . Oranged hue brown ale with a beautifuk off-white head, resilient, lacing. Wonderfully maderized malt with raisins, prunes and dates in aroma, and nice spices wifting through. Smoother than the newer beer tasted (2004), with fruityness coming out weel, dates, port wine, and orange peels. Rich and well balanced, all taste blending well. One word superb (9-5-9-5-18). The 2004 differed in that in aroma, the spices were more sharp, coriander and curacao, very present. The hops in mouth were also slightly metallic, so was the alcohol. (9-5-9-5-17). BW tasting at Dumdumís, Late March 2005. Merci Dum.
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve only had this three times so far, but each time was an experience. Flavor is complex, a bit muddled. If you can find it, anjoy it!