TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to bentley78 fot this one. I had great expectations and all were met. This beer is amazing. Complex all around. Pours amber/brown with thick billowy cream colored head that laces nicely as it slowly fades. Aroma is of ripe fruit and malt. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, and honey at first, then fading to bitter spices and slightly earthy pine. Excellent mouthfeel. Not chewy and thick, but now watery and dull. Perfect match with the complexity of the flavor. Excellent.
alkione (6) - De Panne, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
creamy head, good lacing, bottle conditioned, lively carbonation, the taste is sweet, little bitterness.
wdu (3) - BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2006 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A beer full surprises. Soft, full aroma (over-ripe pears, woody, and herbs). Tastes first sweet (Caramel/vanilla), then slightly bitter (ginger/malt), and continues with a broad, long and pleasant after-taste. Not sour at all. The fullness of the taste of this beer surpasses probably all wines Iíve tasted.
macbar (30) - ITALY - JUN 7, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 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.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amen, a long time coming but well worth the wait. Simply world class. So smooth and blaance with an abundance of flavour. There is choclate, earth, herbs, nuts even some anise on the nose. The palate is intrigued with some raisin, dark plums, sweet malts and some spice. Amazing smooth finish. My only compaint is that the brewery is not next door.
onnob (1) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had it last year (bottle) during our vacation in Brugge, Belgium. In one word: Divine!! Absolutely the best beer Iíve ever had!!! (and believe me, I had a few). Too bad I canít find it in the USA. Time to go back to Belgium...
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Barley dark fruit, sour ripe licorisce, Alive, woodsy, medicinal herbal..thatís all just in the aroma. A black opaque beer. Tastes like a big red apple full of spices, licorice, and brown sugar. has a long finish, slightly sour, complex, shifting, changing. Some of my top 10 beers are clearly shadowing this, and while they still belong in the top 10, this is ther sweet, acific grandfather. A full beer. Not an drop of ímental spaceí within the beer is wasted. Had a little plate of Gouda cheese with it and it paired well, the cheese doesnít even come close to overpowering the beer.
alobar (3055) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Exquisite! Spectacular! Thanks to richlikebeer for sharing! Fabulous fruity and spicy aroma that lingered for some time. Pours with a thick off-white head with dark brown color. Taste was fruity, bready, and spicy. Just amazing. I see why it is the best beer in the world.
eaglefan538 (2935) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Re-rate, 7/07 in a horizontal alongisde St. Bernieís 12 and Roche 10. Bottle courtesy fozapd/Scott, stamped 18.01.09, about 1.5yrs old. Pour was brownish with a tannish colored off-white head, not great retention, but not as week as the Westv 8 on the same night, yet inferior to both St Bís 12 and Roche 10. Aroma and flavor of caramel, brown sugar, choco, lingering spices, stronger version of 8. Alcohol more detectable than with the 8, liquor/scotch type flavors, is this bottle over-aged, not as rich as once remembered. Honestly, against the Roche 10 and St. B 12, this came in last. Numbers dropping a little, but still an average of my three experiences. Thanks, Scott, for contributing to this wonderful horizontal! Excellent stuff. Original ratings follow: Poured a nice medium brown with a huge head that laced superbly while drinking. Sedimentation was under control. Aroma was primarily bready, yeasty, spicey. The high ABV was barely noticeable in the flavor or aroma. Rich deep flavor, and distinct from the St. Bernieís and Roche 10. There was a true beer barley and bready base coming through (ie. it didnít feel like they sugared this one up to the point of hiding the beerness... I donít know how to describe that). My first Quad Belgian, where not just the dark fruits, candy sugar, and spices come through, but some chocolate (slight burnt touch) was noticeable too. Definitely a peppery finish (on second tasting / re-rate, I didnít repeat this one). Immediate aftertaste was the candy sugar (a sweetness), which then turned to a surprising lowly hop bitterness after 10-15 seconds or so. Mouthfeel was carbonated and slightly less heavy than a stout. Very enjoyable, of course. Would love to put Roche 10, St. Bernieís 12, and this one side by side one night and have at it. Thanks to E for the trade and Westy 12 experience. The re-rate was on a bottle (stamped 09.08.08) served at íDe Vredeí across the street from the abbey.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ah, the famed Westy 12! Through some great trading, a friend of mine was able to score the Grail. Nice port wine aroma, very fruity. Lots of dry fruit flavors, mildly spiced, some candi sugar. ABV is well hidden except for the nice warming feeling, very smooth. This truly is a great beer.