PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Probiere: I was saving this particualr bottle for a special occasion and with the Eagles in the Super Bowl what better time. I went in with high expectations and was not disappointed. Aroma is nice but not a fragrant as I expected. I let it sit for 10 minutes in the glass to let it set up and true to form the beer came up a red/brown with a decent tan head. Flavor was of raisin, and malt. Very warm and sweet opening my eyes every time I drank it. The finish was smooth with a yeast kicker on the end. I really enjoyed the beer and the experience of being able to sit down and enjoy what is considered one of the best beers on the planet.
rauchbier (3750) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating scores apply to a ten year old bottle I sampled for my hundredth rating. Re rate for young sample (8-4-8-5-18) Born on 27/11/03 sampled after one month. Good white head and good condition. Obvious alcohol and spicy malt, with a faintly herbal dandelion and burdock note. Figgy in the mouth but surprisingly thin. Roasty bitter finish with hints of banana and some trace hoppiness. Re rate for six month old bottle (8-3-8-4-16), Born on 27/11/03. Deep ruby red/brown, thin off white head and quite low condition. Muted bready yeast,sweet figs and a touch of alcohol in the nose. Quite sweet and fruity with hints of yeast and cola in the mouth. Finish is sweet and yeastily bitter. Definitely a beer that goes through a rough period after bottling. Re rate for year old sample (8-4-9-4-18) born on 27/11/03. Deep chestnut brown, moderate white head that soon drops and good condtion. Figgy and alcoholic in the nose, dry and chalky in the mouth with alcohol apparent, plenty of sweet fruity figs, a slight roastiness, some oaked port notes and a distant hint of smoke. Dry and chalkily bitter in the finish with some sweet caramel maltiness and a lingering bitterness.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 #100, I got my crown! Thanks to JCapriotti and the Milwaukee RB action squad for this beer. 11.2oz. NB Worthy glass. 60į. The beer fizzed out of the bottle when I popped the cap and continued to fizz slightly. Poured muddy chocolate brown with a 1/2" off white head. As the head subsides, the foam rings the glass and shows the lacing that will steadily form throughout the drinking of this beer. Nose is yeasty, but hard to get much with the big foam head blocking the beer. When the head dies a bit, I got some cinnamon and spice hints along with the dominant yeast and malt. After 30 minutes the nose starts to blossom and smells like whole wheat pizza crust. The first sip tells me the beer is really "full." The beer has steady carbonation that makes it feel nice and the thickness of the beer coats. The taste is elaborate malts and yeast. Mildly sweet with citrus and estery notes as well as brown sugar, and nuts?. The beer is not sour, but sour enough to keep it from being "sweet." The flavors are complex, but restrained. It is not as "flashy" as some beers. It wants you to coax flavors and aroma out of it. The nose doesnít waft up and hit you while you are not paying attention; you have to get your nose into it to smell it. The flavor is the same way, it is restrained and "it is what it is." The beer is probably a good representation of the monks that created it, "rich", but you would never know it. The finish is initially sour then mellows out to a calming, complex, but understated finish.
RE-RATE 4/27/05 Bottle @ Hopleaf in a Westvleteren glass. Aroma is subtle. Spicy with bourbon? notes. The flavor is huge. Dark fruit, yeast, almost a caramelly flavor. The mouthfeel is absolutely amazing. The beer has the sweetness and flavor of a dubbel x2, hence the quad nomer? Raisins, plums, yum. Once again, it is very good, just too reserved. Very good beer. Scored the same.
SpringsLicker (3380) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cap date 21/12/02
This pours thick into the glass, producing an unusually large head considering the alcohol content of the beer. A few solids at the end of the pour. Slightly hazy reddish brown in color with a light mocha colored head.
Complex aroma, honey, brown sugar, dates, cherries all melded in malty madness.
The flavor follows the aromas, sweet and chewy with some alcohol that didnít fade as it warmed. I would probably drink more of the 8 if both were comparatively priced and easily available as the 8 hides itís alcohol a touch better and still delivers that same flavor that the 12 provides. Both the Westvleteren 8 and 12 are my kind of Belgians and I must learn how to brew something like this. A very tasty brew that is worth seeking out.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 i must start this rating with a big thanks to footbalm for the trade.now lets get down to buisness.the westy poured a dark brown with a malty,lumpy,light brown head.my nose was gifted with aromas of cherries,malts,and spices.not as complex as i was expecting,but nice none the less.my tounge was in eternal bliss when met with the flavor and palate.i got a complex blend of cherries,apples,malts,brown sugar,yeast,,hay,and alcohol.honestly the palate changed and changed.almost so fast it was hard to grasp it all.as the beer warmed a bit the alcohol became a bit more present,but not to obnoxious.this is delicious,complex,and amazing.
Garrat (1323) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 From a bottle.Dark brown in colour,small head,a mass of dark fruit and thick warming malt flavours.I have had a few bottles over the last 3 years and have tried to like this and all I can say now is,I canít stand it,Itís not for me,maybe in years to come.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 12, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Re-Rate 24/12/2005. Prev 9/4/8/4/16. Dark brown, opaque colored, little lasting beige head. Sweet, fruity, yeasty, spicy and caramel aroma. Strong licorice, also mild chocolate, roastiness and medium alcohol. Rich aroma, one could say. Full bodied. Strong licorice, fruits, banana, yeast in flavor. Aftertaste is extremely lasting with strong spices, yeast, licorice and alcohol, strong sweetness is present too. In previous rating this was too sweet brew, now after one year in closet has gone much better. Near perfect!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2005 Oh, dear lord. A very good friend, not really a beer geek, who went with me to New beer. Stopped there today, and came right over. Here goes.
Bottle poured brown with huge creamy head. Aroma is complex, carmel and roasted hops, dates, raisins. mmmhhh. Tasted flavors of rasins and malts, and oak, sweetness to the soul! I feel as though I am missing this, it is going down so fast, and there is such enjoyment. The finish is balanced, not to dry. Amazing. Only a true friend would grab the only one, and give it ot me. Scott rules! This was great.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Okay, this is verrrrry good, very complex. Aroma of everything - dried fruit, chocolate, smoke, oak, vanilla. I donít notice the alcohol like I did with Rochefort 10, even though Iím looking for it. Beautifully sensuous on the tongue. Fruity rounded finish. Loved it.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was skeptical when I heard all of the ravings about this beer, but I got my hands on a bottle and it was absolutely amazing. It poured out a beautiful dark brown and smelled sweet right after opening. The taste was excellent. Delicious sweet taste with an excellent alcohol flavor. Simply amazing. I donít thing my palate is advanced enough to really describe what all of the flavors are, but speaking from a simple taste perspective. MMMM MMMMM. Those monks really know what they are doing.