BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Bottled at Carlsens]
First time I tasted it, it was a little bit too much, but now for every time I discover new notes. Being a monk in Westvleteren must really be the right thing between religios beer geeks.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Brewblackhole for giving me a sample of this one! Poured a nice tanish red color.Has a a malty/fruity aroma to it. When I first tasted it my first thought was that I was was drinking a carbonated wine! Nice malty taste with a big flavor of cherry. This was a very good brew,but the #1 rated in the world? I donít know about that.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
How do you review this beer? How do you rate a beer that many people believe to be the best beer in the world? With all the hype surrounding this beer and all the anticipation, (including the price tag), I had very high expectations. I was almost expecting to be disappointed as this beer has been pedestalled as "the holy grail" of beers. Truth is; it is deservingly in a league of its own.
Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with a nice beige head that fades into a frothy cap and an attractive halo. It was surprising the head and lacing on a 10.2% ABV beer.
Smell: The aroma is complex and sweet. Dark fruits like plums, figs and dates are all interwoven into a truly enticing aroma that smells only like Trappist Westvleteren 12 (Yellow Cap)! I was surprised at the amount of floral character this beer displayed.
Taste: The taste can only be described as tasting like Trappist Westvleteren 12 (Yellow Cap)! It is completely unique. There is a tartness surge on the front end, then a very mellow smooth silky vinous middle with caramel flavors that lead into what I might try to liken to figs and dates and toasted brown sugar malts; but it is really so well blended that is hard to isolate individual flavors. In the aftertaste, there is again a yeasty tart that maybe be similar to a splash of green apple, and a bit of alcohol warmth. I love the stinging character on the lips. It is not clear what causes that spicy stinging sensation (maybe the acidity) but it begs you to drink more. Truly though, I can only describe this as being in a league of itís own!
Mouthfeel: Super freaking smooth and so creamy it is sinful! It is light and perfectly carbonated to be full and easy to drink at the same time.
Drinkability: Absolutely dangerous. I was pleased to share this beer with a couple of close friends, but I must say, a beer this big may never go down so easily! Is a $300 case out of the question? If it fits in your budget, absolutely go for it; you wonít regret it. It goes down so dangerously easily its indescribable. Until next time someone shares a Westy 12 with me, I will keep a special place in my heart for this spectacular gem.
Hope this is helpful.
fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours dark with a tan head. A very complex dark, malty, fruity beer with floral notes. Amazing aroma and flavor fruit, yeast, citrus, alcohol, spices, oak, vanilla, the list goes on and on as flavors change. The best Trappist beer I have ever tasted.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via Belgian Shop. Very complex beer, but the best beer in the world? I donít agree. Good, but not great. Definitely not worth $25/bottle + shipping from Belgium.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 At the St.Sixtus Cafe - Pours dark brown with a thin wispy tan head. aroma of rye bread and fruity esters: bubble gum, plums, toffee, yeast, and caramel-dripped fruits. Taste of raisins, port, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is immaculate, with medium and heavy bodied with lush, foamy carbonation. Most delicious!
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 [2004 vintage] Beautiful aroma of dark, nearly over-ripe fruits, yeast, and very smooth, subtle alcohol. Pours a beautiful dark brown color, with a tan head that leaves an even coating on top of the glass- lacing is pretty remarkable. After about 10 minutes of shoving my nose into the glass, Iím ready to taste this one: WOW... loads more dark fruits, the aroma barely hinted at the heft of this one. Palate is earthy, endlessly complex. Wood flavors, almost like the inside of an old building (church?) come through towards the middle. Ends with even more complexity- this time showing off a bit of spice and substantial alcohol. This beer is so smooth, so complex and yet remains extremely balanced. Indeed, this is worthy of the title.
DarkMagus (500) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #100. Bottle from 2004. Rich vinous aroma with elements of malt, yeast, fruitiness, some slight spiciness, a hint of alcohol. Beautiful golden amber color, minimal head, a small ring of bubbles around the surface. Flavors were of sweet malts, roasted grains, dark candy sugar, molasses, caramel, dried fruits (dates, very slight hint of raisin), fresh fruits (grapes), a hint of citric acidity, and a hint of hops in the finish. There was also some mysterious musty woodiness present in both the aroma and the flavor. Smooth, silky, velvety mouthfeel with the perfect amount of warming alcohol to intensify the delivery of flavors. Absolutely the richest and most complex beer Iíve had--Iím not sure itís possible to ever fully capture (in words) the complexity of this amazing beer. I hope to (somehow) have many more of these in my lifetime...
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
big up to cmubeerman for this. guess i didnít write down notes. well, it looked pretty much black with very little dark brown head. aroma was underpowering, and grew somewhat at room temperature. pretty much dark fruit and wood, sizeable alcohol. flavor was like rochefort 10 except better in every single way. all the negative things i found there were positive here, and the flavor was overall less strong. not much alcoholic taste, but still woody and sweet and pleasant. nuts. thick, but not super-viscous, which actually suited it well.
Zeswaft (1627) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
holla to cmubeerman for sharing. the day has finally arrived. lacking on aroma...alcohol and very little fruit. flavor is rich and nutty, dark, dried fruits, sweet, wood and with no alcohol. Definitely better than rochefort 10 and a little better than the 8.