beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a murky and muddy brown color with a thin creamy white head. Amazing aroma of raisins, sugar plums, caramel, malt and yeast, maybe spices too. Excellent, mind blowing flavor of raisins, sugar plums, carame, malt and yeast, again I feel that there might be spices in there. Medium body, creamy, confortable mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. This is a world class, mind blowing beer, every bit as good as its reputation.
schepers (32) - Limburg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2005
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle straight from the Abbey. Dark brown colour with a creamy strong beige head. Full body. Fruity, some spiciness, nutty, coffee. Some warmth from the acohol. creamy. A very good beer!!!
rederic (3202) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2005 Very dark brown color, with a big creamy tan-colored head, leaving good lacing, chocolatey, fruity of raisins, prunes,dates, dry figs, roasted malt and malty caramel, hint of sweet spiciness and toffeish, developping a porto accent, follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a chocolatey pralines, mocha, leaving his fruity note of raisins, prunes, dates going along with his roasted malt accent and molasses towards a warmth alcoholic note in the richeness of his sweet maltiness finish. An exceptional beer!!!!
lamas (1426) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
11.2 oz. bottle. Best by date: July 6, 2007. A murky brown pour with tons of little floaties and a thin and creamy light-tan head. Plums, nuts, vanilla extract, alcohol and a little caramel in the aroma. Sweet, overly ripe plums are the first thing I taste, followed by some pears and then hints of chocolate, nuts and even some spiciness. A caramelized brown sugariness dominates the flavoring. Just a touch of a bitter finish keeps this from being too sweet though. The aftertaste is of raisins and nuts. There is a strong warming alcohol presence throughout that only adds to the velvety smoothness. This beer seems so complex that it just has to be different with every bottle.
harrisoni (14682) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2005 Bottle at In de Vrede, Westvleteren. Dark ruby in colour. Thin lasting beige head. Intense aromas with lots of different fruits including interestingly raisins and bananas. Almost syrupy with touch of vanilla to go with the dark fruits. Some alcohol heat in mouth with coffee and sweetness. Still hoppy to balance with sweetness. Warming finish. Excellent beer that will age and release even further flavours.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to wilblake for my first ever Westy 12! Dark reddish brown, slightly cloudy. Thin, lasting head. Aroma-wow! Vinous, alcoholic, thick and malty with undertones of the darkest chocolate and musty cellars. Taste is so complex. Raisins and plumbs, vinous oaked character. Hints of nuttiness. Cherries and alcohol. Finish is slightly bitter with just a touch of smoke. Mouthfeel on this beer is great, very soft and velvety, delicately agressive. What can I say, this is an amazing beer!
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thank you beerhandy for this one!!.. Poured from the bottle at room temp a dark cloudy brown color with a medium off white head. Aroma is of plums, raisins, figs, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is different each time I take a drink. First one hit me with a heavy dose of alcohol flavor.. Second drink brought on the plums, raisins and chocolate. As I continue drinking I am noticing many different flavors such as caramel, burnt oak, yeast, nuts, cloves and much more that I can’t Identify.. Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation and a medium alcohol burn. I can say that this may be one of the most complex beers I have ever had. It may be a tie between this and orval. I don’t know that this is my favorite but I can see why it is number one on ratebeer
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Got this one from Hopdog during my quest for the holy grail and it was worth the search. Dark body with creamy caramel head. Thick full flavor of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, plums, chocolate.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 A Mes rate:
This particular bottle was rated at Lowlander and that was also the place where I had my first bottle thanks to Duff’s insitance. Aroma is vanilla, sugar and caramel with some chocolate and dark fruits. Red grapes and raisins too. Plus something that I can only describe as playdough. In fact it is reminiscent of all the best things you have ever sniffed at. Appearance is so very very close to perfection. Deep almost black mahogany red body and just the right amount of off white head and lace. Only reason it gets a 4 from me is that the head always dies just that little bit too soon but it is clearly the most inviting "drink me I am gorgeous" looking beer there is. Ok, what do I say about the flavour? Chocolate, cream, vanilla, raisins, pudding, a little biscuit, mazipan and just a touch of spice and malt. Finish is head and shoulders above everything else I have ever tried. I am not drunk, I will stand by this statement. A wonderful gentle warmth from the alcohol, more caramel (but more like toffee this time), just a dab of spice and also some cardboard and leather. Unbelievable length. Nothing has ever left me demanding another sip or being so sorrowful as you drain the last drops as this beer. On top of all this it gets you very very drunk indeed. I have been lucky enough to have had sessions on this and it is truely legendary. Nothing has ever satisfied me so consistently as this always does. Full bodied, superbly balanced, complex in every department. Think of a superlative and its in this drink somewhere. This is not hype it is every bit as good as they say.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 Bottle, Passage Cafe, Brugge, Belgium. I am truly blessed to have gotten to experience this beer. Appearance: Dark grape red. Mild, tiny bubbles. Creamy tan foam. Nearly opaque. Aroma: Grape, woodsy, mild, yet deep. Taste. Rich! Old, oak, caramel, ester. Palate: Thick, tongue-numbing. Cloying, but doesn’t linger too much. Wow, what a rich, old beer. Very very good. Very special. Hides the 12% (!) well, but it’s still pretty apparent. I’m floored by the experience of this beer. Thank you Sixtus. Thank you Lord for beers like this.