Proteus (98) - FINLAND - NOV 9, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 Almost opaque but slightly more dark brown color with a nice beige head. Some fruit in the aroma, could be prunes. The aroma is very clear and raw in a way, yeasty as well. Sweet flavor: raisins, yeast and malts come out to give it a deep touch and the hops give it a nice refreshing feel, a very balanced beer. The sampled beer had been stored for a couple of years and it really was worth it: carbonation at its right level and a deeper tone in the flavor. No alcohol taste only a warm feeling! The taste just explodes in your mouth but doesn’t actually leave a huge aftertaste, although some sweet maltiness is distinguishable on the palate.
CarlatIC (2) - ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best fucking beer I have ever had in my life. There are hints of ash and caremel that really bring out the nose and the head of the beer. Fuck, I love drinking this at the bar with my friend
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - NOV 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 Tried at Pizza Port Carlsbad with Shaun. Bottle from ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! Side by side comparison with St. Berny 12 and Rochefort 10 (11.3%). Many similarities between the 3. Westy is a little darker than the Berny. Berny has a little more banana aroma. Westy aroma gets nicer as it warms up, revealing more malty aromas. Westy a bit more cloudy. Dark brown color. A little more carbonation in the Berny. Berny had a best by date of May, 3rd, 2012. Westy had no date. I can’t help but think the Westy is young. It almost reminds me of a slightly aged St. Bernardus. This is the second time I’ve had Westy 12. The first was with Jon (WeeHeavySD) at OBrien’s Trappist Ale tasting. I remember the Westy being spectacular, and probably much older...something like 4-6 years old. This time it was just good, much less than my expectations. Must rerate again someday. I still have one in the closet to rate next year. 8,4,9,4,18: 4.3
4/12/08:rerate. bottle from ygtbsm94 with non beer geek friends. Completely awesome. 4:8.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark brown. Big fluffy head that dissipates somewhat quick. Silky white lacing. Looks delicious. Too many smells to distinguish. Fig, caramel, raison, plumb, jam, malt, honey, tea, spices and mild alcohol. Flavors are abundant as well. It tastes of all that the smell indicates and it is an unreal flavor experience. The warming from the alcohol is the only indication that the ABV exists. A spicy semi dry finish. The drinkability is unreal for any beer, especially for this type and abv. Lives up to the hype through and through. A unique experience that should be on every ratebeerian’s list
theisti (3880) - Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 330 ml. bottle purchased on eBay. Date on bottle cap of 09-05-14. Like so many others on the site, this was the one beer I had been most expectant to try. Pour is deep brown, some ruby highlights, though pretty much no light escapes through. Head is a rocky tan - off white 1 1/2 inch head. Very nice to look at in a chalice. Aroma is pretty big, consisting primarily of roasted malt, dried fruit (primarily raisins), and tobacco. Initial taste of raisins, prunes, earthiness that all come at you in layer upon layer of taste. Finish features some yeastiness. Flavor is very long, intense, yet somehow blended and subdued at the same time. I certainly understand the contradiction in the remark, but the flavor really did come big (initially), yet blended and subdued at the same time (as the beer opened up). Hard to explain. Very much coats the mouth. Similar to the Westy Blond, this one needs to be tasted to be understood. Certainly a world class beer and a world class beer tasting experience. Finally, the eBay user I purchased this beer from, I recommend highly. Beer mail me if you would like the recommendation.
Wim (3664) - Weelde, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown coloured body with a white head a sweet fruity spicy aroma a nice sweet fruity grainy taste and a average sweet bitter finich
stef (1) - LIEDEKERKE, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
verry enjoyable trappistbeer, only one place may serve it "in de vrede";for the price of 4€ you drink it in the good company of all the other trappistlovers.
Bittersweet taste......must try it
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Not sure what I can say about this that hasn’t been said already but I’ll give it a go. Pours deep reddish brown - thick and hazy with some sediment and material floating around. Alcohol is just hinted at on the nose at 10%+ leaving you with dried fruits, anise, and a myriad of other aromas. It was served a little too cold but after sitting for a few minutes the flavor really opens up and leaves you with an impeccably balanced and intricate beer.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a murky brown colour with a small creamy tan head. Nose is sourness from the pour moving into a medicinal yeast, apple cidar and pitted fruits. Initial taste is a sweet syrup candy like, soft and smooth, the expected sourness did not make it’s way into this one. The creaminess begins the next layer with some pitted fruits. Alcohol being very masked. The finishing palate is chocolately with a unique bitter hops. Slight head retention and lacing of the glass. Lips become candy like finished and sticky medium body.
ekstedt (6509) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 Bottle from Řlbutikken, Copenhagen, Denmark. Pours deep hazy reddish brown with a creamy beige head. Extremely complex aroma starting off with candy-like sweet fruitiness, therafter roasted notes and dark berries, and finally some earthy hops. Excellent mouthfeel, medium bodied and very smooth. Starts off a bit sweet, but the finish is dry with moderate bitter. Almost perfect.