goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a ruby color with an off white head. Aroma is fruity, vinous, sweet, grapes, almost like Manishewitz wine. Flavor is sweet and fruity with brown sugar, yeasty with a bitter finish. Medium bodied.
jasonp (1562) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark cloudy brown (almost black) with a thick off-white head. Aroma is fruity with yeast, some toastiness, pear, a hint of alcohol, dough and bubblegum. Flavor has notes of toasted and some roasted malt, plums, raisins, chocolate, yeast, brown sugar, light spiciness and a good dose of hops. Pleasantly sweet, slightly bitter. Has a nice twinge of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is heavenly; airy, round and creamy without being thick or oily. Subtle carbonation. Good head retention. Great stuff.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 1, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 After walking by my secret stash of Westvleteren bottles for about a year, I figured this past Saturday was a good time to finally sit down and rate them. Pours out brown with a small tan head that lingers throughout the tasting creating gentle patterns of lacing on the chalice. Smell is of bananas, butterscotch, raisins, prunes, and toffee. Taste is of nuts, caramel, apples, celery and licorice. Excellent mouthfeel with a great amount of carbonation despite the small head brought forth by the pour. Each taste seems to linger in the mouth for an eternity.
1986 bottle sampled 2/1/07
Pours flat with only a sparse hint of bubbles one might find in a glass of wine. Smells of alcohol, dark fruit, oak, leather, hints of vanilla. Tastes of chewy toffee, caramel, bourbon, raisins, chocolate and oak. No sherry notes to speak of which is a surprise and a testament to this beer. Subtle elements of spice are present and with only a hint of warming alcohol, this is dangerously drinkable. Finishes with some celery and lots of rich chocolate. Palate is reminiscent of maple syrup and is rich and velvety. This was a surprising treat, but as good as it is at 21, it is definitely past its prime and is best enjoyed at 1, 5 or even 10 years old.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
smokey caramel color, not much ehad. sweet aroma, sweetly flavorful. couldn’t identify a lot of the flavor nuances, but i lost interest once the raison taste seemed to linger. my impression is that it is hard to get, and hard to swallow.
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2005 #100 rating. Bottle at the Hop Leaf in Chicago after the Dark Lord release. Poured into a tulip, a nice mahogany brown with an average size white head that lasted. Yeasty sweet, fruity vinous raisin aroma which got more complex as it warmed. Noticable alcohol in the aroma. After 10 minutes, I finally decide to take a drink, this taste lasts for a while and changes as it goes down. My first notes on the flavor say: Good beer. Chewy goodness. Then I try for a minute or two to figure out what I’m tasting...stuff like vinous dates, brown sugar, and a bunch of other stuff I couldn’t pick out because I decided to just sit back and enjoy it. There was a hint of sourness and then a nice bitter finish. Medium body, watery texture with a dry finish. It was fun to try this beer.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 Re-Rate- Very unimpressed with it this time. The first rating was not under the best of circumstances. The body is fizzy and acidic, not a lot of sweetness or depth, just a cardboard slightly bitter taste.
Pours a dark amber color with a small white head. Aroma is of bananas, clove, apples very complex. Flavor is delicious. I’m going to leave it at that so I can pay more attention to the beer. Incredible. Huge thanks to RatedX for sharing this one.
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to RatedX ! The aroma is much like a plum/raisin pudding. I don’t know how else to explain it. There’s some spiciness to it. It just smells absolutely delicious. Appearance is rich and brown/mahogany with a long lasting thin brown head. Spicey flavor that is superbly balanced. Very fruity and nutty. Warming flavor and palate. WOW! This is one darn good beer.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Lachesis for sending this one to me from Belgium. Aged for six months after I received it. Poured muddy brown with a huge off white head. The head retention on this beer is quite ridiculous only to be out done by the lacing this brew leaves. Heavily carbonated. Aroma is a sweet, bread, banana pudding, yeast, and a combination of fruits. Has a thick silky mouthfeel that is quite superb. I am not even sure what exactly I tasted. There was just so much going on that it was difficult for me to isolate any one flavor. Definately spiced with a combination of cherry, grape, plum, apricot, banana, peach, berries, and bread. The spices keep the sweetness from overly dominating. There is a slight alcohol warming sensation in the finish, but it is hidden very well under the fruit attack. Will definately need more of this to figure it out.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had to be something special for my #100
rating and this did not dissapoint. Nothing less than perfection in every regard, it’s greatness goes well beyond my words. This and the Rochefort 10 have a unique silky mouthfeel which sets them apart from the rest, only the Westy 8 comes close. Compared to the Rochefort, this might have a touch more sweetness and less alcohol presence, with such complexity you could write a book about it...I think they must have this on tap in heaven.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy dark amber/light brown color with a fizzy off-white color. Not much head to start. The smell is dirt-like with hints of alcohol, raisin, yeast, and that Belgian horse-hair flavor common in many. Flavor has some sweet dark candy sugar up front with a raisin/plum flavor coming in later. Very warming as the alcohol hits you pretty quick but is not overwhelming in the aftertaste as a sweetness re-enters. Some aging will do this beer well, but I am surprised by it’s world class rating since it doesn’t seem as complex as the Westy 8.