jgb9348 (4294) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lives up to the #1 Ranking! Almost like an apple cider champagne! Too bad it was $11 for 11 ounces! Great colour and sediment!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep color, vaguely translucent brown-red. Amazing scent. Ripe, ripe raisins. Loads of sugar plums. Explosive tartness there, like a fresh orange or tangerine. Very noticeable milk chocolate. Don’t know how to describe this. Soft and luscious. Like sucking on the world’s best candy with the lovely candy sugars. Fruitiness is quite subtle, softer fruits like apricots and pears. Incredibly long finish, a sweet, tart, sugary, fruity ghost that haunts the tongue for several wondrous minutes. Best word for the palate is just soft. I don’t drink it as much as it somehow deems me worthy of placing it in my mouth and it gently works its way around my tongue and down my throat. Is it strange to be repeatedly thanking the bottle for allowing me to be near it? The Westy didn’t taste in any way overcarbonated, but it acted like it in the bottle. After pouring out several ounces into a glass, I put the bottle down. A good ten minutes later I noticed foam coming out the bottle, slowly wandering its way upward. Just damn lovely, no bones about it.
Trappistenbier (48) - BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 Time for a treat !!!! Well deserved after my hard, but successful, phoning job to obtain some two crates of heavenly fresh Westy 12. Yes, the time is indeed right to celebrate.
And.....what is more appropriate than tasting my cellar remainings: In this case: A one year old Westvleteren 12 ! Well, I need to empty my remaining wooden crates of Westy 12 ASAP to bring back to the monks, do I.
Jesus Christ, what a beer !!!! The ester aromas that escape the bottle, just after uncapping, are just phenomenal ! Nearly a miracle..... Flowery, banana, prunes, fruity, in one word: "wow.........."
Amazing creamy foam. First being fullbodied, and later falling into a thin creamy layer, including some resistant carbonation bubbles. The layer stayed there till the end of my victory celebration. An excellent quality observation.
This Trappist beer has aged with alot of complexity results. The flowery perfumes, in combination with some subtile Port flavours, makes the beer tasting like an angel pissing on the top of your tongue. This is a TREAT guys !!!!
This brown nectar is very soft too, and amazingly creamy. Tasting gives an immediate strong hop (Poperinge) bitterness, but the candi sugar sweetness immediate balances this, to give something extremely delightful.
The alkohol is there, absolutely, and this just in the right measures....... 10.2 vol%. Taken with care !!!
Donít worry, you will definite get drunk after a couple, but donít worry, a hangover is un-existant !!!
The more I taste, the more tastes I define. The Westmalle yeast gives the beer something fresh and digestable. Also something soapy, hard to describe really.
After one year of ageing, I notice some huge sediment inside the bottle. Pouring gave those lumpy sediment particles. Yeast mixed with some protein floculations. No worry, this is not unhealthy. I drank(eat) everything till the ever last drop.....
drywallman (320) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I canít say much more than what has been said. The alcohol is well hidden. I noticed the licorice and raisin flavors. It indeed getís better as it warms. I drank two to celebrate the new year.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
great sediment and just drop dead gorgeous, raisiny aroma, silky smooth raisins with building alcohol power, changes to almost nutty as it warms
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2003 RE-RATE: 1-06-03.
An excellent beer. I thought it would taste a little like the Rochefort Trappistes 10 but it didn't. This beer tastes a lot better. I could taste caramel and nuts in this beer. Very complex with a superb aftertaste. A must try.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bubble gum is prevelant in the nose of the brew with hints of toffee, raisins and chocolate. Rich brown in appearance -- the bottle I sampled had tons of suspended yeast even after sitting out for 30 minutes, none of the yeast fell to the bottom of the glass. Wonderfully complex flavor profile ... everything from anise to cotton candy. The hops are imperceptible but this brew has enough bitterness to counterbalance all the malt. Overall this is a fantastic brew ... merits the hype ... would be in my top 20 list, but not top 10.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Rich chocolate aroma, dark fruits and slightly malty. Unbelievably well balanced beer. Somehow the flavors unite to create new unique complex chords. There are no off notes in this beer to speak of. Each flavor fits perfectly with the others. A true masterwork and no doubt made with divine inspiration. In retrospect, I was one of the luckiest people on earth to have been able to buy half a case of this stuff before leaving Chicago. Needless to say its all long gone now...
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
15.10.05 Deep,beautiful,ruby red,colored liquid with a pillowy,off white head.Aromas of bread,rich malts,hops. Mouthfeel is extremely soft,delicate,and just candyish. The beer has enough flavor the alcohol is welcoming. Vinous,rich,sweet flavors fill the mouth and donít let go. Bready,somewhat grassy finish.So smooth and such perfect carbonation.Alcohol never became offensive or overpowering.
SilkTork (5021) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Dec, 2002Soft and sensual. Fellatio, cunnilingus - whichever way you like it, and call it what you will, this is oral sex of the highest order. [5.0]
2003With friends in Devon. I love this. Simply stunning. [5.0]
Oct, 2007Chris_o tasting. This was a 1996 bottle I picked up at The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Yeasty and bitter. Ovaltine. Good condition. Sweetness in there. A dense beer which doesnít give up the flavours and pleasures easily. [3.3]