RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 24, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. Stunning one to have for #1000 - thanks to both ygtbsm94 and Ungstrup for providing me with a bottle of this. Pours a deep reddy-brown with a thin beige head. After a careful pour, I had a sniff. Nose is strong, wow, alcohol, dark fruit, malt, almost sour plum, toffee, very complex. Mouth is very very punch-in-the-face strong, malty, slightly bitter, alcohol, spirit, grassy, almost a gin floralness, then becoming sweeter and more rounded, with some spiciness. Lots of complex dark fruit, even some espresso and chocolate in tiny quantities. Finishes quite malty and some biscuit, with some warming fruit. Saved this for my 1000th, sat at the window, looking out across a rainy Luxembourg, in perfect silence. Then a Boeing 747 soared overhead at about 700ft, and I realised why I was here, why I was drinking this beer, and why I love the Benelux. Setting: Perfect. Beer: Pretty good, too!
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 26/07/2008. 330ml bottle carried all the way from the UK by hand, through the Green-Watt connections, to Wellington. Then on to Invercargill, via Queenstown on the most amazing flight I’ve ever experienced, to finally share with Sam and Steve the night before we kicked off Yeastie Boys. Thank you Richard - you’re a legend. Firstly: has anyone else had bottles with sediment that is almost 1/3 of the bottle? The beer: Ho hum, to be perfectly frank. Pleasant. There’s another bottle in the cellar, so it’ll be interesting to see if another look is any more impressive.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - AUG 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 33cl. Pours a reddish-brown beer with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet with caramel, raisin and fruits. The flavor follows the nose and leaves a rich and complex mouthfeel. Overall this is one of the best beers to style.
Beerman6686 (6010) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy brown color with a tiny off white head. Aroma was of a lot of dark fruits, caramel, nuts and some alcohol. Flavor was lots of caramel, and some fig and dates, and some grass with a nice alcohol warmth and thickness in the swallow. Pretty good, but I would prefer a Rochefort 10
uhre (384) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer is dark brown with a tone of red, and a huge head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, prunes and cherries perhaps - sweet. The flavor is of dark fruit, cherries, caramel and a bit of burn from the alcohol to balance the sweetness.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2010 Rating #100. Sincere thanks to ajm for leaving this in my fridge. It would have been better shared, but there’s no way I could keep staring at this one. Poured a robust/murky brown from the bottle with a thick tan head of foam. Notes of lemon zest, almost like a pilsner, in the nose as well as some hazlenut. Very unsuspecting until the molasess, caramel, apple, hazenut, and smoke slam your palette. Aggressive, yet sweet, with mild carbonation. Plenty of sediment. Certainly a treat, but not quite the Holy Grail of Beers, although I have to say from subsequent ratings that this only grows in cpomplexity with age.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks cmubeerman, side-by-side with Westy 8. 2+ years old. Creamy head with a mahogany-chestnut body. Almost minty aroma, cherries, dark fruit, anise, cloves, coriander, cardamom. Much more complex, fruity, and boozy than the 8. Flavor is malty, smooth, and complex. Round, bitter, and boozy finish.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from ebay. Dark brown with a garnet tint and no head. Raisin, fig, and brown sugar and grain aroma. Initial taste has some wine like character with raisin and dark fruit flavors, mild spice, brown sugar, and subtle vanilla followed by a sweet oat and cereal grain taste with some perceptible alcohol in the finish. Quite complex, subtle and delicately balanced flavors. It’s quite good, but it’s not an over the top aggressive beer, which is what I prefer. Nevertheless, it probably deserves it place at the top.
mmmbeer (1369) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating 500. First of all, a major thank you to daknole who threw this in as a bonus brew in a recent trade. You really didn’t have to, but thank you.
Bottle (cap reading 12.02.11) poured into trappist glass- poured a murky darken caramel color, tan whisps on top of the liquid surface for a head, initial low-medium carbonation of tiny bubbles. Aroma of figs, plums, moist raisins, and yeast- highly appealing. Hits the mouth with well defined medium body, some sweetness like light caramel and brown sugar comes in but is very subdued, malt is detectable but could be slightly more pronounced, very mild spices in the middle, cream on the back end of the tasting, finish lasts and has very little alcohol character to it. Very well balanced and extremely drinkable. A real treat!
kpresley77 (147) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 Bottle courtesy of fonefan pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is dark fruits. First taste is sweet dark fruits then the alcohol burn comes in. The carbonation is nice and the finish is dry with a little alcohol burn. The alcohol is hidden very well in this 10% beer. Not as good as the Westy 8 but still top of my list.