JdKrone (16) - West Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Clearly one of the best beers in the world. I was fortunate enough to try this at "in de Vrede" the abby in which it is brewed, in Belgium. It came to us in a glass and the appearance was mind blowing. It was fairly dark and super murky and the head was light tan and creamy and THICK, but thin maybe 1 inch. Frothy would not be a word I would use to describe it. It was perfect through nearly every phase. The aroma was clean and clear and I easily detected hints of dried fruits perhaps prunes or raisins and roasted malts. I would have expected the flavor to be more sweet compared to that of the aroma, however the first sip was incredibly smooth and sophisticated with not even a note of extra sweetness. It was perfect I tell you! After 2 of them I must admit I was feeling happy. Has a wonderful mouthfeel perhaps the best, however I can not give it a perfect rating because another Trappist brew I tried, "Orval" wins(according to me) in flavor. Had I not tried Orval, this beer is a 5.0
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 (216) - 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 (126) - 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 (1500) - 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.
fombe89 (627) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella @II cata Ratebeer Asturias. 19/07/2015 BBD: 29/11/15
Color marrón oscuro, aromas a malta, pasas, sabor dulce, buen cuerpo.
GreatDane1632 (1026) - Alabama, USA - JUL 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated based on notes taken 7 Sep 2014 -- Shared by Adrian, thanks buddy. Wow, lots of dark fruits. I wish I just had a case sitting around to sip on special occasions.