Bonster (180) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bottle I received from the generous Bert in a beer trade. When opening the box of goodies the last one I pulled out was the Westy 12 and I was completely floored. I enjoyed this one with company for a special occasion. It poured a dark hazy brown with a medium tan head that simmered down to a thin film. The aroma was sweet, dark malt fruit shine. I think raisins was the only flavor I could pick out, though it was much thinner than I expected. Fine perfect bitterness in the finish. There is nothing wrong here that I can see. It is not my favorite style of beer but I’m hard pressed to find anything wrong with it at all. Bert you are the man!!! Thank you! (months later)
mschaefer (22) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2014
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Flesje 33cl tht 15 okt 2017 op 12°C. Gistdepot in een extra glaasje uitgeschonken. Donkerbruin/rode gloed met crèmekleurig schuim dat zakt tot een halve centimeter. Aroma's deeg, granen en een vleugje "platteland". Smaken van karamel, een beetje zoethout en gebrande mout. Afdronk is vol met perfecte bittere tonen, mooi in balans en heel lang. Een echte slow drinker. Alcohol is gevaarlijk goed verborgen maar in de afdronk wel waarneembaar. De kunst van subtiele complexiteit hebben ze wel verstaan daar in Westvleteren.
Karyots (8) - BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted a young one: Ruby brown with a thin head. Caramel, nuts, raisin- also some hops in the background. Full taste - hints of sweetness at the beginning. Not as complex as a two year old one that I had tasted before. The two year one was a totally different animal - mellowed down with very complex taste - like a wine. The fresh one has a taste like fresh hay compared to this. Overall a fantastic beer. Reminded me so much of the St. Bernardus 12. Difficult to decide which is better :-) Both my favourites.
Beardaxe (266) - - DEC 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very good. Unique. Alcohol comes through but it's subtle and lingers in the background. Nice fruitiness, some apple and dark raisin. A hint of wood. Problems are that it's too carbonated. Maybe a touch too sweet. Not the best beer in the world but very good.
Schwarzbart (20) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The second time I've had a 4oz sample with a couple friends. A great beer and I enjoyed even more the second time. Sweet malts with pear and apple upfront. Bread, caramel, dark dried fruits, yeast, earthy notes and hints of alcohol.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
patricks110 (1758) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Outstanding brew. Had this a few years ago. Pours a dark and opaque muddy brown with a thin head of dense beige bubble that linger forever. The nose is sweet and fruity with nice prune and raisin notes combined with toffee and nuts. Light chocolate in the robust toffee malt. The taste is exquisite and refined with dessert like toffee and fruit notes in the middle. The finish is rich and robust with a lingering boozy warmth. An amazing experience.
AGCostaNeves (14) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - DEC 15, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
When I opened the bottle felt a generous perfume, slightly sweet, yet has a hopped that is balanced.
Your body is robust dark color which shows us a priori an extraordinary Quadrupel. Its foam is absolutely consistent and persistent with big bubbles in tasty cream.
In your body arise traces of bubbles at the edges of the striking and robust way glass.
The first sip of roasted malt mixed with chocolate and caramel notes is accompanied by very hops and dried fruit in an array which shows strength and character.
The alcohol does not appear alone, but warms and values of suggested dried fruit notes. Your sweet and does not bother Will not there any sour, no acid, no citrus, a balanced sweet gradually by roasted malt and hops.
The bitterness sue extraordinarily provocative, subtly ties the taste of preparing homogeneous way for the next sip.
Honestly the best beer that tasted and for which made me fall in love with style.
barbillon (5) - Pesaro, ITALY - DEC 13, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Stiamo parlando di una delle più buone e rare birre al Mondo! c’è poco da aggiungere....un misto di sapori di frutta scura, luppolo e spezie....in bocca note di caramello e cioccolato e ovviamente di malto!!! una top sia per storia che per qualità!
ksiwzos (21) - GREECE - DEC 11, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from Belgian e-shop
Deep brown with red tints and small off-white head.
Sweet aroma, not too complex, malty with a little coffee, mainly highly baked bread crust, some dried fruits(blackcurrants) too and some esters from the yeast but not too prominent. Soft mouth feel, bready malty, very rich maltiness, dark caramel. Expected a bit more complexity but I’m not saying that it’s not complex.
Amazing beer, not all Belgian styles are my..style but I would drink this one anytime!
Those were the tasting notes from the first time I tasted the beer. I have tasted it a couple of times more with small differences in organoleptic qualities but not much fluctuation in actual product quality.
AgnesBrygghus (65) - Stavern, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
For ett fantastisk øl. Må oppleves og nytes. Nydelig duft flott skum , men dør litt ut. Dette er kjøpt I Danmark 2014 usikker på når denne er produsert.
emartell (255) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - DEC 7, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aromas de una cerveza completa y bien balanceada. Notas a frutos secos, principalmente higos y a frutos rojos, así como ligeras notas a nuez y levadura.
Su apariencia es perfecta. Color café obscuro, cuerpo redondo, carbonatacion ligera, espuma abundante y de alta retención.
En boca, cremosa, abundante, completa.
Al paladar compleja y a la vez sencilla. Sabores bien encarados, notas ligeramente dulces pero nada agresivas. En boca nuevamente se perciben los frutos secos principalmente. La cremosidad es perfecta, dejando la sensación de un alimento completo. El final es largo pero a la vez delicioso.
En resumen una trapense en toda la extensión de la palabra. No por nada considerada la mejor cerveza del mundo. Exquisita. Es importante decir que su potencia alcohólica no se percibe en ningún momento.