daleharshman (1010) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1000th RATING!!! Have aged this for 3+ years, waiting for this momentous opportunity. It took me just shy of seven years here on RateBeer to get to 1000 ratings, so why not make it what is still rated as the best beer in the world? Bottle from the "brick" that Westvleteren made available by the monks on 12.12.12, purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar where Mark graciously held one of the bricks for me while I was out of town on business ($84.99 for six-pack "brick" with two glasses). My firstborn child was born on 10.28.2012 and I assume that this was packaged around the same time as his birth...will save and age a couple of the bottles for sharing with him on his 18th or 21st birthday (previously drank two bottles so I still have three left). POURS a deep brown hue with red/purple/garnet highlights and two fingers of loud fizzy beige foam that reduced to one finger but holds. AROMA is quite complex with various notes of raisins and other dried/candied fruit (cherries, figs, dates), tawny port, buttery caramel, honey, Belgian yeast, and mild Christmas spicing. FLAVOR is equally complex with notes of port wine, dark grapes, thick toffee, molasses, overripe dark fruit, sweet dark berries, nutty malts, dry oak, and hints of chocolate and dry spice. Flavor definitely becomes richer as it warms...each sip reveals a different nuance than the previous one. Odd that such a high ABV beer has such big carbonation, but it adds to the mouthfeel and perception of flavor. The high alcohol is utterly concealed and it is not too heavy on the palate, making this a very easy quaff. Amazing that this much flavor and complexity can be coaxed from the basic beer ingredients (plus candi sugar) alone without barrel aging...though I think my own three years of cellar aging has helped. An absolutely amazing beer, and I am looking forward to more years on RateBeer as well as sharing this with my son in another 1.5 decades down the line. (3501, 1000)
Mesjasz (538) - Lodz, POLAND - JAN 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting 2 years ago, fresh batch. Very tasty and complex beer, but needs more ageing.
szeli (195) - GERMANY - JAN 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Zu Beginn Rotwein im Aroma. Stark malzig, Karamell, Honig, süß. Schwer zu trinken, aber dennoch ein besonderes Bier. Lecker, aber nicht das beste Bier welches ich jemals getrunken habe,
arnold931 (1108) - Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very similar to Abt 12. Pours brown with fizzy brown head. Nose is fig, raisins, molasses and dried fruit. Taste adds some brown sugar and spices. Great.
Mortlach (1555) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle (vintage 2012), gift from ippopotamo36 (thanks Alberto!). Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, honey, figs, caramel, brown sugar, light vinous and oxidized notes. Flavour is medium sweet (honey, licorice) with a medium bitter end and a sourish vinous note. Full body, medium to light carbonation. A great beer, thank you socio!
hackobock (2767) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
January 1, 2015. Bottled december 14, 2011.
Reddish amber with a small yellowish head. Aroma is dark bread, dark sugars, dates, figs, raisins, baked apples, plum. Taste is sweet malty and fruity, finishing with lightly burnt sugars, figs, plum, bread, licorice, a touch of roasted malts.
Medium bodied, light fizzy carbonation.
Complex and easy drinkable, very nice!
nordic (353) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 1, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown color. Aroma: caramel, bready, spices, winy. Taste: good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Smooth.
bigtaster (874) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle 2013 vintage. Cloudy brown, medium light tan head. Nose is gingerbread, molasses, clove, vinous, other spices. Sweet, slight spice, medium body, hint of funk. Smooth finish with dark dried fruit. Great to try this one.
Mr_Pink_152 (2726) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from a friend, and saved for my new year beer. Great deep Ruby brown colour. Big fruity aroma and taste, berries, soft fruit, and touch of caramel. Taste perfect balance of bittersweet.
Hermod (5150) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Bbe 04.18. Pours very dark brown with a thick white head, everlasting. Complex aroma, dark fruity, figs, soaked plums, sherry. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel. No sign of Abv. Some warmth though. Dark fruits in flavor, caramel, fruity sweetness, plums. Complex, grows on you. Could probably get even better with some aging, but sure is enjoyable already. Happy new year fellow ratebeerians!