stephen (308) - California, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extremely carbonated. Dark brown, cloudy with tons of chunks floating in it. Aroma is exceptional - fruit, chocolate, malt. Flavor is complex but very smooth. Mouthfeel is bothersome with all these little floaters in the glass. Some people like the chunks but I'm not a big fan. Flavor and aroma are great on this beer but appearance and palate could use a lot of help.
ultrasonix (15) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2003
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Could there be any better than this? i have been fortunate to have friends visit Westvleteren and bring some home, previlaged, the taste is incredibly smooth and ritch a slight hint of almost peach fruityness yet a mellow bitter aftertastes that just melts in the mouth. Make sure your sitting when u try this one.
Hansen (7284) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2008 Powerfull in tastes and aromas as no others. Lot of dark fruit makes a complex, balanced mix with nots, chocolade. The high alcohol is only increasing the aromas and flavors, it is not present as a distrubing element.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
enjoyed every sip. aroma of alcohol but very well masked by malty fruit tone. i think I picked up some apricot. wasn't a big foam head but it had a thin layer which left a nice lace on the glass. lots of dark sediments which made the last few sips even richer than the rest of the beer. wish I had more access and money on this one.
WisconsinBeer (715) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark and cloudy with a nice head. The first drink has an initial alcohol bite and then the full warm malt flavors take over. Many complex flavors going on. I got hints of banana or caramel. Improves as it warms. Overall a very good beer.
dvr012000 (4) - BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
probably the best trappist to be found, though i'm not an absolute fan of the brown beers this is still a classic
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 7, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally, I get to try the legend. Quite a bit going on in the nose. Everything from vanilla to lime. The alcohol is totally hidden. Probably the best smelling brew I've encountered. The head appearance of the first bottle differed from the second. The first poured from the bottle a cloudy dark walnut with a large amount of fixed particles and had a fully lasting light tan frothy/fluffy head with mediocre lacing. The second had an off-white fluffy head that diminished quickly. The overwhelming flavor is deep and pungent with a sweet start, warm middle and a balanced peppery finish that speaks of anise. Again quite a bit going on here. The heavy body is full, lively and dry. At close to $12 a bottle not something I could afford to drink often, but I'd drink it again for sure.
diabel (1619) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2003 Bottled (off course). Today I went and got a cisk (by train, god, I'm lucky I live in Belgium :p) It has an magnificent almost black colour, and a 'brown' head. Complex aroma, little sweet, malt. Dito flavour, but also a bit spicy. In Dutch, we have a proverb for this: "It's like an angel pissing on your tongue." Dito palate. Just Excellent!
boto (1922) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to Belgianshop.com I finally got may hands on some of this (8 of them to be exact). It's hard to add anything else to what's been said, except it is about the closest thing to an orgasm in a bottle. Absolutely wonderful!
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer poured a very dark cloudy amber color and formed a light tan foamy head that disappeared quickly leaving some circular lace. An aroma of alcohol, raisins and yeast/grains. A flavor of malt, caramel and raisin with some elements of spices. The finish is creamy and a touch sweet with elements of the alcohol. A very great belgian beer, but will need to try some others to see if this is really the best out there.