floris87 (35) - Utrecht, - SEP 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this once before, when I was only starting to like proper beer. Dark beer, not entirely opaque, hint of copper in the colour, nice off white head. Aroma is certainly the best in all of Belgium, dryer and less alcohol/raisins than some of its peers (for instance St. Bernardus 12, which some say is pretty much the same beer - it isn’t). Especially the roasted, nutty flavour is something I have not found this much in other Abts. Also has a hint of licorice, unusual for Belgian dark beers. The dried fruit is very subtle. Actualy, the whole beer is much more subtle than I remembered it to be, and it is certainly a fantastic beer.
What I don’t like: it has too much carbonation, which just ruins the palate for me, which I remembered to be much fuller and oilier. Maybe I had a better bottle last time.
Anyway, certainly something special, but you don’t miss much if you go for the (almost) equally fantastic Chimay Bleu or Choufe N’Ice, which are much, much easier to get.
NateH10s (30) - BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
33cl bottle in Westy glass
A dark Amber brown with thick fine off white head
A sweet yeasty, fresh dough, and caramel malt, cereal
T minimal sweetness, light bitter,
P rich creamy thick mid to late mild bitterness
O great full classic quad, I need to stock up on this in belgium, always delicious, best of Belgium
neongolden (774) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(330ml bottle from Bier Tempel, Brussels, July 28 2015) Pours deep brown with a moderate head of dense tan head and a bit of lace. Aroma is a sweeter and more intense version of 8, with similar dry dusty yeast, sweet fig, prune, toffee, nutty, light chocolate and roast, maybe some oat like grains in the back. Palate is loads bigger than 8, with deeply intense notes of dark fruit - figs, dates, raisinated grapes - toffee, molasses, cinnamon, clove, allspice, pecan. Middle onwards the beer dries out and spices and nuts become more prominent along with stone minerality. Bitterness in the finish from moderate roast counteracts the complex fruit flavours and harmonizes with the spicebox character. Mouthfeel is medium full, creamy soft carb, no alcohol. As expected, a lot of the same touchstones of flavour as the 8, but more intense and richer. Feels much better in the mouth. Maybe closer to typical feel for a big dark Belgian than the 8 because it’s sweeter, but it’s still a cut above almost anything else!
Peter1969 (1) - - AUG 1, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Purchased: 1 August 2015
From: Barny’s Fine Wines & Ales, Sydney
Cap BBD 01-06-18
Aroma: Sweet, yeasty, dark fruits, raisins, dark malt.
Appearance: Hazy brown-dark amber color. Long lasting, creamy, off-white head.
Taste: Medium sweet, alcohol, spicy, creamy, fruity, stone fruits.
Palate: Sticky texture. Long warming finish.
Overall: Warming, Very complexed. Exceptional beer, One of the best ballanced beers I have tried. Lived up to its high expectations.
Banana13 (1) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Smaakvol, geurig en toch wel een heel lekker biertje! Jammer van de wat hoge prijs, maar desalniettemin wel één van mijn favorieten.
Edje (1) - budel, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
one of the best beers i ever tasted.
the story behind the beer and its exclusivity adds to the experience
ctipping (228) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Originally reviewed on 10/19/2012. 330 mL bottle poured into a cervoise. 2001 bottle. Best by 9/7/2004. Won this bottle in a raffle at the Funky Buddha. Pours a murky reddish brown with a surprising off white head. Chunky and sedimenty. Collar of foam. Sherry and other oxidized aromas comes through first. Very fruity. The caramel malt still comes through. Tastes significantly better than the aroma. The oxidation makes it a little creamier. Lots of sherry. No booze. Buckets of dark fruit. A touch sweet with a somewhat rough cardboard finish. No booze. Low carbonation. Way too oxidized, but it’s still pleasant to drink. I should really review a fresher bottle. This is really oxidized but the quality of the beer still comes through. Westy with sherry.
ponx (36) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Important note: Don’t drink this beer directly from the fridge.
At fist the aroma and taste were weak. Unpleasant carbonated because I repeatedly belched. And no perfect look as it’s head was small and irregular with different sized bubbles.
My fist notes were coffee, cherries and spices. But when the beer got warmer, his real potential came more noticeable. More sweetness, more dried fruits, spicyness, chocolate and of course the alcohol. Quite complex, but not as much I remembered.
I guess it must get better with aging.
Bottle cap 13.05.2018.
Slautar (134) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUL 23, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
W aromacie czuć alkohol i owoce przez co kojarzy mi się ze śliwowicą. Nie zdziwiłbym się gdyby się okazało, że braciszkowe piwo ma z tym napitkiem coś wspólnego.
Barwa ciemnobrązowa. Piwo jest mętne z wyraźną zawiesiną (pewnie śliwki).
W smaku owoce (upieram się przy śliwce) podane na półsłodko z bardzo delikatną goryczką w tle.
Wyraźny i lekko rozgrzewający alkohol przyjemnie drapie w gardle.
Mam wrażenie, jakbym pił zupełnie dla mnie nowy gatunek alkoholu i szczęśliwie trafił na jego najlepszego reprezentanta. Patrząc na to z tej perspektywy wydatek 40zł nie wydaje się wielką rozpustą a jeżeli dodać do tego satysfakcję z degustowania najlepszego piwa świata to cena staje się błahostką.
Tym piwem chcę celebrować moje życiowe sukcesy!
leischka (34) - - JUL 23, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Karamelli, suklaa, kahvi, pähkinä, mallas, hedelmä A: tumma mahonki, ei läpikuulla, vähän punervaa reunoissa. hyvä tiheä pitkäikäinen vaahto M: maku antaa mitä aromit lupaa. Makeahko. P: Kevyen alkoholinen, tuhti, muhkea runko. Pitkä jälkimaku ja polte. Probably the best beer in the world.
Prufrockstar (1501) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle enjoyed last night to celebrate the birth of our daughter. Typically for a milestone beer I’m liable to get a bit wordy, but at the risk of getting too sappy and sentimental I’ll just leave it at "welcome to the world, little one."
Best before date of 01-08-15, so just got this one under the wire. Originally from the Westy 6-pack brick that landed in the US a few years back. Thanks to my little brother for picking it up at John’s Grocery for me, and thanks to pepsican for packing it up and shipping it here. Pours clear dark mahogany with ruby highlights into the chipped St Bernardus chalice Eugene scored for me. Tan head lasts briefly, only as long as the pour. Aroma: deep and rich. Plums, dark fruit, toffee, bread, dough, molasses, and grape. Intoxicating. Pretty much everything I could hope for in a quad. Despite being nearly 3 years old now, it doesn’t strike me as "old" -- still vibrant with no perceptible cardboard (well, maybe just a bit right down at the end if I’m looking extra hard for it). Taste follows, with rich delectable molasses sweetness that is still nowhere near cloying. Alcohol is clearly present, but not harsh. Palate: full body, silky luxurious texture, soft-to-average carbonation. Overall: Most of the 6-pack is gone now -- shared with friends or given as gifts. I’ll save the objective comparison test for the last bottle (blind quad tasting anyone?), but I’m glad this is the bottle I rated. A singular beer on a singular night.