davidpl (435) - Santiago, - FEB 14, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I waited a lot of time for this and I found it in the beautiful Brugges...
Appearance: Dark brown color. Great head, beige, rocky, with good adherence at glass and very lasting.
Aroma: complex-ripe fruity aroma, several fruits in my nose like, plums, cherries, prunes, figs..... Underlying caramel notes, vinous and with reminiscences of tart and marmalade.
Flavor: vinous profile and caramel malts in the start, that vinous touch never disappear and remember me a carmenere and, perhaps, a sweet rose. The fruitiness is even more complex that in the nose with the same reminiscences as well of cassis, blackberries and semi-fermented red apples. Woody touches and a very slight hot note similar to chocolaty tobacco. A lot of secondary notes like marmalade, roasted sugar, vanilla and lightly is possible to feel the hops given even more balance.
Palate: medium to full body; semi-oily and silky texture. Low carbonation.
Remark: this is a excellent beer with a lot of attributes and complexity, but in spite of that complexity and variety of flavors is incredible its balance, in fact for me four adjectives resume the Westy12: "noble, harmonious, very balanced and elegant".
Hansk (12) - Fakse Ladeplads, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
If you want perfection. This is it.
Especially If you can find a 3-4 year old one. Here is Kulminator in Antwerp Usually helpfull
marcotetta (33) - - OCT 18, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pure brown colour with some shade of orange, the nose is rich, initially stands out an enveloping alcoholic warm, then notes of plum, brandy, almond, black bread. The taste is full, warm caramel notes give way to alcoholic sweetness, very well balanced. A very long aftertaste rich and complex. Really a great beer
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gorkogrlo (327) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 18, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark amber hazy color. Some barnyard smell with spices, toast, yeast and maybe some grass. Flavor is rummy with dates, whisky and nuts notes. No hop notes and somewhat too sweet. Medium body. Sweet finish. Overall: I expected too hyped beer and I think that I got it. Yes, it is great beer. But best. Hmmm. In my opinion not so balanced, too sweet, but with really nice complexity.
dreamer (183) - PORTUGAL - OCT 18, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl directly from the abbey. Reddish dark brown color with huge beige head. Medium and soft carbonation. Full bodied and creamy texture. Aroma is very complex with plums, chocolate, yeast, vanilla, spices and dried fruits. Taste is also complex but very balanced, is sweet but also has some bitterness, also tastes chocolate, plums, dried grapes and many other flavours that I’m not capable do distinguish. Aftertaste is sweet and very long. It definitely worth the travel from Portugal to taste it!
willisread (2543) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared. Thanks Kaori & Jon! Big chocolate covered raisin aromas with some prune, plum and slight cola character. Average carbonation. Hides the alcohol very well. Nice hoppy bite that was a pleasant surprise. I’m not a big fan of quads but this is a great beer and world class for the style.
hln752 (4) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2016 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I have the luxury position of buying and tasting this beer any time of the year and to be honest I really do not know why this beer is so highly (over)rated.
I have tasted this beer several times to try to unlock its succes and secrets. I just can't unlock its aroma and (after)taste secret that many of the Ratebeer members give it. It is an ok quad but not more than that. The secret of its succes is its availability. No more, no less.
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AdolfoCC (182) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - OCT 13, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage 2015, servida en un cáliz.
APARIENCIA: de color marrón con algunos destellos cafés y rojizos a contraluz, se observa ligeramente turbia. Corona de espuma color marfil, cremosa y de buena retención, de burbuja muy compacta compacta.
AROMA: muy complejo, dulce y ligeramente licoroso, notas a caramelo, toffee, frutos oscuros como ciruela, pasas, dátiles e higos, lo condimentado de la levadura belga, algunas notas vinosas discretas, nueces y ligeramente licorosa.
SABOR: complejo al igual que el aroma, de inicio es dulce, después le da paso a muchas intensidad en el sabor con notas a caramelo, toffee, frutos oscuros muy maduros como ciruela, pasas, dátiles e higos, el especiado de la levadura belga, nueces, todo bien balanceado e integrado, no compite uno con el otro y presente por capas que se repiten una y otra vez, quiero decir, paladeas el caramelo, luego los frutos, luego la levadura y así una y otra vez, mucha permanencia de los sabores en boca; el retrogusto queda un amargor ligero, dulce sin ser empalagoso o astringente.
SENSACIÓN: cuerpo medio con mediana baja carbonatación, el alcohol no se siente, sólo algo cálido al recorrer la garganta.
RESUMEN: excelente cerveza, tal vez la mejor cerveza trapense pero no creo que sea la mejor del mundo.
Jimbo2 (245) - DENMARK - OCT 12, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The real King of Beers. Overly hyped, but still good. Very smooth, lots of character, packing esters, dried fruit, complexity. Caramel, warming.
jahshuwuh (565) - USA - OCT 11, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A dark brown color with floaters, plenty of off white head that sticks around. Smells of yeasty sweet bread, apple juice, fruit cake, cranberry, several fruity notes, wheat. Taste mimics the fruity notes from the smell plus a spicy carbonated hop, slightly boozy but not overtly. Some nuttiness, earthiness, maltiness in the finish. Plenty of carbonation but smooth drinking. A fantastic quad.
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maxmanktelow (2) - Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2016 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amazing raisiny nose. taste of figs, raisins oak and a little smoke. Incredibly smooth for its style and abv. fantastic