kuphish (380) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Eddie. Best by 10.02.15.
Pours a cloudy, light brown body with lots of garnet coloring on the edges. Fluffy, tan head is sticky and lasting. Chunky yeast particulate detracts. Aroma has sweet, rosy alcohol accompanied by light brown sugar, plum, and grape. Rich cherry flavors come through on the first sip followed by faint apricot and cinnamon. More grape, too. Pleasantly dry palate and effervescent carbonation. Malt forward with a slight slickness that works. Overall a very nice beer. Very repeatable and smooth for its ABV.
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Here is another beer I’ve tried on several occasions, most recently following a trade with b3shine. I’ve deferred rating it because I wanted to be certain of my perceptions. I’ve tried it on its own, and alongside 4 year aged St.B12. The four bottles of Westy 12 I’ve tried are all fairly fresh, less than 18 months old to the best of my knowledge. Admittedly this is not my favourite style, but even with that concession I must say that this beer was excellent, but not anywhere near top-10 for me. The aged St.B12 was preferable to all present during a masked tasting, showing greater nuances and complexity, a rounder profile, and a less boozy finish. I’m happy to have another half dozen in my cellar to try this again in years to come.
tstyle64 (1) - Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2014 does not count
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 5/20
Nice smooth and recognizable fruit flavors while not being overpowering. So glad to finally see what all the fuss is about. Belgium style is not always my favorite but this one goes right to the top of the list among the beer I’ve had. Definitely worth a try if you can get some.
Ester_ (92) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown color with a big persistent foam collar. Aromas of fig, plum, raisins, anise, cloves and sugar. Taste of raisins, fig, plum, anise, cloves, licorice, wood and a little bit of wine and cherry. Very good mouthfeel, very well balanced.
Couleur brun foncé avec un beau col de mousse persistant. Nez de figue, prune, raisins secs, anise, clou de girofe et sucre. Saveurs de raisins secs, figue, prune, anise, réglisse, bois et un peu de vin et de cerise. Bière très bien équilibrée.
SarkyNorthener (1691) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Massive thanks to Harrisoni for this big want. Cheers Ian. Also thanks to Richthevillan for being the mule. Cheers Rich.
37th birthday beer no 13. Bottle. Dark brown beer with medium head and a little patchy lacing. Moderate amount of carbonation in glass leading to a slightly lively pour. Aroma of toffee, yeast and raisins. Taste is some sweet malts, toffee, yeast, a little spice, dark stewed dried fruit and prunes. There is also some alcohol warmth with banana. Medium to full bodied, a moderate amount if oil and light carbonation on the tongue. Not quite as good as the Rochefort 8 in my opinion but second to it. Superb.
Arthur999 (1) - Kortenaken, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Difficile à décrire.C’est tout ce dont vous avez besoin, Au début comme cerise plus tard raisins, prunes, figues, caramel.
seymour (1391) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared at Ehren’s backyard bottle share party with fellow pro-brewers, thank you so much! Poured from small brown bottle into a sampler glass: hazy, dark reddish brown colour with deep sudsy beige foam, long-lasting with fine Belgian lace. Grainy, caramelly, strong toffee notes, faint noble hop balance, vanilla marshmallow sweetness. Awesome Trappist yeast traits: black pepper, clove, a little banana, lots of bubble gum. Medium body, not as heavy as I expected. Spritzy, digestive carbonation. Delicious. There’s a reason this is considered one of the world’s greatest beers. It’s not just hype.
911lin (15) - - APR 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It is so difficult to have it in China. Once you get a chance to taste, don't drop it. About its aroma, taste, looking etc., it depends, I'm not quite a big fan of Abbey Quadrupel.
danfiz (1) - - APR 28, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A gift from my best friend. An amazing experience. Very subtle taste of caramel and toasted malt. Pleasantly sweet with a aftertaste of chocolat. Nice beer!
ken1 (860) - DENMARK - APR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: sweet caramel and warm alcohol some fruity notes
Flavor: fruity sweet with some bitterness. Very complex with many flavors.
Color: brown amber with a white head.