rjglory (7) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2007 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My heartfelt thanks to Arun for treating me with this pricey beer. 10 euros for a 30 cl bottle is too steep for stingy me. The taste is almost worth it. We compared the 2006 11% Gouden Carollus Cuvee van de Kaiser and the Rochefort Trappistes 10. This was a night to remember indeed. My preference is still the Cuvee van de Kaiser. Nevertheless, the monks at the Abbey do produce an incredibly superb beer. It is a real pity that it is so expensive and difficult to find. The high level of alcohol is unnoticeable. It is a very subtle and smooth beer with several flavors tightly knit together. Sweet but only mildly bitter. The foretaste is a disappointment. (Hmmm, it isn’t that good.) Then the full flavor kicks in. It is delightful. This is surprisingly smooth, not at all what I expected. Each sip is to be savored for several seconds. The aftertaste is likewise very subtle as different flavors melt away. It does not coat the mouth and throat in the way that the Cuvee does. The range or spectrum of flavor is not as wide. Yet it does not disappoint at all -except maybe the wallet.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 Rerate: 1996 bottle, courtesy Papsoe, shared with folks at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a cloudy murky caramel color. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of delicious aroma and some butterscotch and gorgeous, nostril-filling fruity esters. Divine. Flavor is chock full of gorgeous, mouth-savoring notes, including caramel, dark candy, plum, rich fruits, brown sugar...amazing. Extremely drinkable and as good as a beer as I’ve ever had. We had it side by side with an ’07 Westy 12, and this one destroyed the latter. Amazing.
Huge thanks to my dear friend peabody for this one. Looks beautiful. The smell doesn’t hit me as well as the Westy 8. The taste is amazing and so smooth for a 10% beer. Best in the world? Tough call. I think I like the Westy 8 more. Still, a fantastic brew here.
Stip (8) - Zolder, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I can see why this beer was rated the best in the world. It’s a pity it’s so hard to get!
DrededBrethren (10) - Palm, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very exciting tasting 6/2 thanks to Jhop and friends. Aroma- nothing dominating but a nice complex blend of light roast, perfumey alcohol, dark fruit and banana.
Appearance- Hazy brown, tan head and hot legs. Flavor- Similar to the aroma but a subtle hint of a noble hop variety into the warm finish. Palate- medium-full body with a delicate presence in the mouth that is only found in a westvleteren. Killer Quad.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a small light tan head that fades leaving minimal lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, slightly burnt caramel, figs, alcohol, slight banana, and yeast spice. Taste is the same as aroma with just a slight residual sweetness. Medium mouthfeel with a nice but not hot alcohol warmth and mild bitterness. This beer lived up to all of the hype. I can’t wait to get my hands on one again.
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The taste really flourishes at the end of the sip. Its as if its aromas are released only after imbibing. Great beer. Worth the hype? not sure.
Furseth (2077) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle:2006: Thx to Patrik( oh6gdx)
Deep red hazy colour,flat head. Aroma of alc,citrus,burned sugar,and a balanced hopy end. Flavor is almost the same,Smouth citic,alc,rasin mouth feeling.
Full body,long rasin,citrus,alc bitterfinish.So werry well done: Great!
coldbrewky (1667) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 This is the last bottle from my first trade with Maria. I had consumed one of these during my ’Iron City" days and found it to be "neat" then. Ignorance is not always bliss. Pours a murky and mysterious dark brown with hints of brown arond the edges. A large bubble head that is quite rocky erupts from my less than gentle pour. Spice and sweet nose. Rasins, and candied figs. Body is also gently spicy with well balanced malt. this beer is no way in your face about anything. I moved out of my standard consumption area (the basement) partly due to the beautiful day here in NY and the fact that my cats will not leave me alone at all since I opened this beer. It seems they desire it like they desire tuna or catnip. If you read my posts, the cats at times have given their two cents on a variety of styles. This time their antics drove me to the porch. A fantastic rounded finish that makes you questiion whether or not his may be the best balanced beer on the planet. #200
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 Indeed, the best Belgian brew I have ever tried. Worthy of the #1 beer in the world status. Opened my bottle with jarpag after sampling his ’05 bottle in celebration of college graduation. My bottle is from mid-late ’05. Poured a deep mohogany color with a small beige head that cascaded around its edges and good lacing throughout a whole Trappist glass. Then came the aroma....wow! Blew me away with thick notes of Belgian yeast, malt, banana, raisin, dark fruits and raspberry! Flavor was similar to the aroma, but soooo incredibly complex. Each sip was a new experience, and the palate was unique all its own. Plum, raisin, candy sugar, more banana and pear. Perfect -a mouthfeel that is nearly un-describable, so velvety smooth and numbing in the mouth, it keeps the wonderful flavor on the back of the tongue forever. This beer is definitely worth all the hype, and I am stoked to have tried it along side another bottle! It epitomizes the Trappist quadrupel genre of beer. Cant wait to have this one again!
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 2005 Bottle from kramer17801 - thanks for the chance to dive into this. --- sampled next to an ’06 on May 28th ’07 in celebration of my graduation from college. This brew deserves the hype, I was definitely not let down. It was very unique in many ways... The aroma was very enjoyable with some molasses, oak, plums, and a subtle raspberry punch. The Westy was sooooo wonderful in the mouth. So rich, smooth, velvety, complex and soft. I wanted to take a bite out of the side of my cheek and lips after swallowing. The carbonation was so elegant and perfect - hard to describe its superiority - it needs a 6 out of 5 for palate. An all-around unbelievably complex beer and one which is deserving of holding the top spot - especially b/c it does not appeal to a certain preference - I think it is a beer that all can enjoy in their own way!