lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy dark brown beer with creamy foam. Complex nose of caramel, roasted malts, dry raisins and other dry fruit. Soft mouthfeel with touch of spices, candy sugar; malts and hops.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Bottle. Pours a deep ruby red/brown with lots of floaties. One finger head that fades into a bubble film. Nose is very sweet and strong of dried fruits. The first flavors to come out are prune, raisin, alcohol, earthy (clay), plum, figs, and brown sugar. Secondary flavors are apple/pear, dough, yeast, and salt. As it warms, the alcohol really comes out, esp. on the finish. This is a very, very good beer by anyone’s standards. But, it is not perfect. The alcohol is a little too upfront, as it detracts from some of the more subtle flavors in the beer. It is not as deep and multi-layered as I was hoping. But, in its defense, the bar for Westy 12 is very, very high.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally after 790 beers I got the opportunity to try the beer that has reigned supreme at #1 for who knows how long. And while it was a very tasty and delicious offering, i found that i have had far better in my opinion. Poured a murky reddish brown with a small white head, a fabulous aroma of grape, raisin, plum, sugar and chocolate. The flavor was impressive, and tasty, yet not as complex as i had hoped, with notes of raisin, earth, and some spice, a prominent alcohol taste in the finish as well. Good, and I will drink again, just not anytime soon at the price i paid
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Bottle thanks to wohlfs, average off white head, medium lacing, great aroma of fruit and alcohol, great taste of combination of citrus, alcohol, raisin, mild earthy tones, very smooth and slides off the palate with great aftertaste of alcohol and raisin. definitely good.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle scored from Pailhead and consumed on New Years Eve and also my birthday. Hooray for me. Nice deep brown color. Frothy off-white head leaves good lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Rich and smooth body. Just so nice after drinking shitty airport beer on my way back to Michigan. Balance is well done. Fruity and sweet flavors with just a hint of hop in the finish. Lovely.
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2005 i was in brugges, belgium recently and i went into a little store there that sold approximately 600 different beers. i asked the lady at the desk what she thought the best beer they carried was and she said it was westvleteren abt 12, the one with the gold cap. i think i have to agree with her. it’s the best beer i’ve had besides rochefort 10. a little lighter in colour, and a bit harsher. nevertheless, incredibly good:lots of hops, a bit of citrus, coffee, and plum flavours were quite noticable, if i remember correctly. it’s a good one, drink up!
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep foggy ruby/brown color, with a off white head that forms. I catch a lot of caramel, candi sugar, cinnamon, and pie crust. Tremendous taste, very doughy, with dark fruits, butterscotch. Not as complex as I expected like Rochefort 10. I do get hints of chocolate, that subdue the fruit the more I drink. A beer with a lot of depth.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Teriffic flavors of raisins, prunes and dark fruit. Earthy and robust with many wine-like qualities. Excellent.
jtw (1084) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
saved this bottle for christmas--what a gift to myself! layered aroma of oak, red wine, raspberries, earthy spices, slight alcohol aroma. ruddy flavor of wood tannins and dried hops, plenty of caramel malt and lots of sweetness--phenomenal beer, and i can see how it earned its #1 spot.
kmp (1) - BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I’ve got 4 crates of this beer, and two months later, I now have 4 bottles left....
I’ve got to teach my friends the route to west-vleteren