KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
11.2oz Bottle. The pour was a medium/dark murky brown with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown fizzy head that reduced down to a thin film and small collar, which lasted throughout and had excellent sheeting of lacing.
The aroma was of a sweet dark bread malt and a bold doughy Belgian yeast with notes of toffee, chocolate, coffee, banana, dark fruit (plums, figs and dates) and a light alcohol presence.
The taste was a smooth malty sweet with just a touch of toffee and chocolate along with a nice mild roastiness early on, and then progressed with a somewhat intense yeast presence building up to a bold fruitiness and a mild alcohol ending. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, and had a yeasty fruity alcohol taste that was left behind to settle in on the taste buds and lingered for a while longer.
Mouthfeel was just under medium in body with a texture that was smooth and creamy yet dry and slightly oily along with a carbonation that was tad prickly.
Overall this is a beer that comes with quite a hype, now I can say it most definitely lives up to it. It has a superb balance of flavors that I have yet to experience in any other beer. Yes, by far this is the best beer I have ever tasted. Thank God I was able to get my hands on some, for the monastery has said it will not be available again here in the US for at least 25 years (2037)...
DuchessOfIowa (142) - Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a bottle. Aroma is sweet raison and caramel. Soft malt mouthfeel that is silk-like and velvety that carry flavors of dark fruit and toffee. Some warm notes pop faintly at the end.
jinroh (937) - ESTONIA - JAN 31, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper, almost clear, slight carbonation. Aroma is getting richer as it warms. There is alcohol, some candy sugar and caramel, alcohol spike also. Belgian definitely, amazing.. Well. Taste is more of the same: caramel, clean and warming candy sugar. Bitterness is high but it does not cover the overall caramel and Belgian yeast. I am not that much into the style but I could quite enjoy this one. Not really worthy of the hype (for me) but I am glad that I could taste it.
Franckg (754) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dernier vestige de mon périple à Bruxelles. Embouteillée le 11/09/2013, bue après 28 mois. Robe brune tirant vers l’orangée avec plusieurs particules en suspension. Arômes de caramel, sucre à la crème, baies confites, pétales de fleurs, pruneaux, dattes. Très complexe, nez relevé, à la hauteur de la réputation du produit. En bouche, beaucoup de caramel, sucre à la crème, petite amertume venant des houblons, pruneaux et baies confites. Un peu de mélasse et chocolat. Légère astringeance venant de l’alcool. Texture huileuse et corps bien rond. Pas prêt à nommer cette bière la meilleure au monde. Je me souviens de ma dégustation en ligne de la 6, 8 et 12 que la 8 lui était supérieure. Reste que c’est un produit haut de gamme mais le prix demandé n’équivaut aucunement à la qualité.
Jultsu (482) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2016
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Westvleteren XII, Pullo @ Kultainen Apina, Hervanta. Korkissa 20.04.2015.
Kuohuu huoneenlämpöisenä avattaessa. Väri tummanruskean punertava, samenee pullon huvetessa. Kohtalainen kolamainen vaahto joka jää hunnuksi ylle. Tuoksusta vaikea saada kiinni tuotteen omassa lasissa, aivan aluksi oli lievää luumuviinan katkua. Lämmettyään pientä lakritsaa, vienoa huumaavaa alkoholia. Kakkumaisen hatara, lähes pureskeltavan kiinteä, suuhun sulava suutuntuma, pidempään mutusteltuna vahvaa luumua, huumaavaa, sopivassa balanssissa oleva hyökkäävyys ja pidättyväisyys, juuri sopivan "vetinen" runko, lasissa maattuaankin edelleen hapokkaan kuohuva. Jälkifiiliksenä jälkiruokamainen yletön tahmeus.
Raymonnezza (8) - - JAN 28, 2016 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Probably the best trappist beer.
Wonderful taste, very intense body.
Also its rare and singular package makes this beer an experience
philus (4) - Bazel, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2016 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really good but overhyped due to it’s "hard" to get. I wouldn’t say this is better than a Rochefort 10 for example, but still it’s a really good beer.
Savage_Night (301) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown/amber with a thick khaki head that has amazing retention and a ring that climbs up the edge of the glass. AROMA: malty, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, almonds, lactose, dates, raisins, phenols, roasty, herbs, earthy, alcohol, dried stone fruit, spices, toffee, slight soy sauce, woody, smoke, slight banana and faint vanilla. TASTE: malty, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, dates, raisins, phenols, roasty, herbs, earthy, spices, toffee, boozy, bitter chocolate oil, slight soy sauce, woody, smoke, dry stone fruit, lactose, slightly tangy, slight banana and faint vanilla. AFTER TASTE: malty, caramel, dates, slight banana and herbs with a creamy yet smooth boozy finish.
Stefan78 (1) - Nieuwkoop, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2016 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heel erg lekker bier met een volle soort romige smaak. Ik proef ook caramel. Alcohol overheerst niet
drjoeng (458) - - JAN 24, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caveat: I didn’t have the guts to put this review down till now when I’ve had at least 6 bottles tasted under varying conditions. The initial intention was to get as much information as possible, I gave up after 6 because I suspect that even after 250, I’ll still be discovering flavor and aroma elements that I missed the first 249 times. Enjoy this one without overthinking things!
Poured out of the bottle a dark amber brown, 28ºSRM.
Nose has berries and cherries. Pleasant rich alcoholic sweetness of rum raisins. Faint yeasty aroma with formic tartness on the nose. Subtle spice like cinnamon.
Mouthfeel is alcoholic and syrupy. There is adequate carbonation which is balances out the palate very nicely. Palate is ponderous with dark roasty flavors up front: espresso, dark chocolate, almost burnt barley toast, there is just enough breadth in the palate for an umami component to suggest burnt char siew ends. The middle of the palate is nicely rounded and endowed with fruity flavors: ripe dark cherries, honey plums, dates, prunes and stewed fruit. Because of the residual from the front of the palate, you get the impression of cherry liqueur dark chocolate candies. The palate is surprisingly light riding on a whisky smoky, alcoholic palate. No cloying sweetness. All the carbs in this this have been turned to beautiful aromatic alcohol.
Finish is clean without the expected cloy.
Overall impression. Dangerously approachable. Quickly kicks you in the ass.
Goes on Favorites List!
Goes on All Time Favorites List!
Saeglopur (1431) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JAN 23, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2016 330 ml bottled 09.10.16, so if the 3 year rule is true, this was bottled Oct. 2013, two months before I bought and then cellared it. Good age for a try I guess.
Medium gusher. Dark brown body, with a big, frothy, moderately lacing, beige head.
Smooth, sweet aroma of caramel, almond, brown sugar, milk chocolate, sweet dark berries, dried fruits.
Very smooth, complex taste, with caramel, brown sugar, nuts, cocoa, almond, dried fruits, some spices, some sour fruits, subtle alcohol.
Medium, a bit creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes smooth, medium dry, warm, medium sweet, slightly roasty-bitter, with cocoa, caramel, dark fruits, some spices.
Not my very favourite Belgian beer, or among my favourite beers in general, but definitely world class and one of the best trappists for sure. Greatly balanced, very smooth, but also pretty complex. I’m just missing the last bit I can’t appoint for such a highly rated beer.