hophead4499 (7) - Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2002 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best ever ...
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well this was a rare treat and all thanks to Michael! So many flavors in this beer but the ones that stood out were a fruitiness like currants, the dried kind I put in my granola, and something like the cashew brittle I love so much, made in the candy shops of Eagle River, Wisconsin. Quite the lovely, exotic, extravagant brew!
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Prelude: A pair of Westys, gifted to us by the inestimable PsychProf, a fine summer evening, our balcony, and Carolynís wonderful eggplant pasta in our bellies. Could it be any better?
Appearance: Well, ímurkyí has been used by a bunch of you guys, but it might not go far enough. This brew is loaded with heavy sedimant, to the point that it resembles a pond brimming with organic organisms - this thing looks ALIVE. One thing I will say is that the delicate white bubbles holding the edges of the glass last through the entire drinking experience - the thing might look like a swamp creature, but the gentle effervescence lets you know itís a quality brew.
Aroma: Iíve already raved myself into nonsense about one aroma - Old Horizontalís - this one is similar - a pungency that draws you into inhale after inhale. Depth. Power. Grace. Warm honeyed and gingered biscuits steaming on a plate ...
Flavor: This is a radical adventure. I swear that I got something different on every sip - the chronicle begins with spices and nuts, moves definitely into big red grapes, hits bitter chocolate and maple sugar, and moves finally into breadier flavors as you hit more of the sediment at the bottom.
Palate: Seems much smoother and fresher than the 8 and despite the sweetness of the taste, never gets syrupy.
Overall: Is this the best beer in the world? Well, it definitely is the best Belgian Iíve ever had, one that is able to excite my sensibilities like the balrywines, old ales, imperial stouts that I tend to like better than belgians. A brilliantly done beer to be sure.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not as amazing as the hype would have me believe. The Extra 8 is definitely superior. It has a slight note of Dimetapp, but is still very tasty.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 Vintage bottle sampled.
Redbrown beer. Quite faint aroma with gingerbread and some chocolate. The flavor is sweet chocolate and fudge tones. It is peppery and spicy in the finish and a sharpness that lingers on.
In a fresh bottle the aroma is alcoholic and malty with tones of licorice and fruit.
The flavour is alcoholic with tones of licorice, chocolate and mints. The palate is soft as velvet and it has an alcoholic and minty finish. It is truly a great beer but the Rochefort 10 still give me more.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 Chosen for No. 100. I spent the first few minutes just trying to smell everything there is to smell; caramel, plum, berry, vanilla, chocolate. Then the first sip, and I am not an experienced Belgian drinker by any means, but it had more body than I have come to expect from reading and a half dozen samplings of other Belgian ales. It is quite thick (full-bodied, I mean!), and at the very tail end of a super long finish there is a pepperiness that is unbelievable. The finish of this beer is like the final, 42 second piano chord of the Beatlesí íA Day in the Lifeí...it gets only slightly less intense, but changes over time. Beautiful.
boozoo (5) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Might be a little over rated due to it being hard to find. Still, itís one of the worlds great beers. Tastes much like Dogfish Heads Raison DíEtre. Overall I like the Westvleteren 8 just a tad more.
argo0 (11123) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 (10/13/05, bottled 5/22/02) Given the greater experience and context I have gained since joining RB, it definitely is time to revisit the true king of beers. Small off-white head dissipates fairly quickly (no doubt due to the age of the beer), giving way to an opaque dark brown-red body. Aroma is medium sweet, raisin/prune, vinous, cookie dough, some cherry, light oak, orange. The flavors are bursting at the seams -- moderately sweet, cookie, raisin, floral, cherry, some orange, chocolate, molasses, herbal, faint vinous. The alcohol is nearly invisible. Smooth, even creamy, medium-full body. It will be a very sad day should I no longer be able to obtain this masterpiece. (8/4/10/5/19)
(5/27/02) Absolutely wonderful beer. Very malty, rich & complex. Alcohol warmth adds to, rather than detracts from, the wonderful flavor. (9/4/9/5/18)
popilius (61) - Chicagoland, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An incredible, filling aroma of dry fruit and nuts. A heavy, dastardly complex beer that was a bit too carbonated for my palate. Nevertheless, almost overwhelming in its aroma and taste combination.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2003 A work of art. What can I possibly say about this massive beer that hasn't already been well-articulated by so many others? Remarkable how they hide all that alcohol!