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 canít 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 donít 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 Duffís 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 doesnít linger too much. Wow, what a rich, old beer. Very very good. Very special. Hides the 12% (!) well, but itís still pretty apparent. Iím floored by the experience of this beer. Thank you Sixtus. Thank you Lord for beers like this.
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown, white a beige head. The nose is fruity with notes of hops and yeast. The flavour has notes of roasted malt, fruit, hops, raisins and alcohol. Full bodyed.
htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared with several at 2 am in the Hampton post Dark Lord release. Thanks to RatedX for sharing this rare, pricey little gem.
Plums, raisons, spice, grapes. Almost like everything good about a fine wine without the bad parts (if that makes sense at all). Beautiful dark brown appearance with light brown head. The yeast is doing something at Westvleteran that nobody else can quite match. Unique and special..
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 (1573) - 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.