Goviken (12) - BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Words don’t come easy... This is no-nonsense beer. Beer with balls. Hope the monks will continue this for a long time. Never change a winning horse.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-rate: Now I drank this one a couple of times, once in ’de Vrede’, and I find the taste a little too violent. There is clearly notes of both alcohol and yeast and some nutty and fruity hints. It has a high complexity and I intend to save some bottles in my cellar for a few years to watch the development. But at this moment I like the Chimay Bleu better.
JBWalters3 (26) - USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
No such thing as a bad Trappist beer. This is at the top of them all.
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The smoothness and flavour of this particular beer is one of if not the best in the world. Travelling from Australia to Belgian for this beer was worth the airfare by far. The best way to truly sample this beer is to sit in the beer garden in Westvleteren and have it serve up to you. Even if that’s not possible it will still be the best your’ve tasted.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2003 I don't even want to comment the beer. It's too good for words!!! a real titbit!!!!!!! On my trip to Belgium the price was 1,5€ each in!!!!!! I had to buy it at the Cafe de Vrede because the beers at the abbey were sold out for the rest of the month! This beer has so many different notes. Choccolate, coffee, raisins, caramel etc... The master of cemplexity.
leaparsons (8092) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost cognac-like. This is a very rich and warming beer with caramel and a hint of chocolate and Xmas pudding. Left a good feeling in the mouth!
jsquire (3468) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This poured out of the bottle with a huge light tan head. I had to wait to pour the rest of the bottle into my glass, and no, I do not have any Belgian chalices to drink it out of. Due to the pour I did have floaties in the beer, which otherwise was a nice red-orange color. Very vinous nose with sweet, alcohol smells with a little musty hints hiding in the background. Very complex malt sweetness, with stong dark plum fruity notes initially that warmed up with more grape/raisin flavors. Nice alcohol warmness. Not my favorite of the big Belgians, but still a hell of a beer.
RichardGretton (4247) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head that the beer poured with was very disappointing (nothing like the picture on this website). Very dark and slightly sickly beer with a very strong burn’t aftertaste. Probably this beer is a little too complex for my taste buds.
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Nice. Mine didn’t pour with anyway near as much head as I expected. It has a dark, rich, merky brown colour, and a yeasty smell.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 Raisin and nut bread with a few flakes of chocolate... A drop of port wine and peppery alcohol on the side... Wooden dryness and cherry esters in a fluffy, nearly dry mouthfeel…By the Grace of Grog, this is quite good...