GRM (2932) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle; eye: brown with reddish reflections, no effervescence, suspended matter, clear; nose: my first reaction was "this is too much, I won’t be able to handle it" but I got citrusy, tobacco, caramelized malt, "freshness", licorice, alcohol, complex, candied fruits, hops, spices, fruity, peppery alcohol; mouth: I remember more the pleasure of drinking than the actual savours and I thus am missing many of them, syrupy (port), silky and creamy texture, spices, anise, finale of alcohol, malt and peppery alcohol, good carbonation, full body, lightly fizzy; overall: wow!
Bouteille; oeil : brune avec des reflets rougeâtres, pas d’effervescence, matière en suspension, claire; nez : ma première réaction fût : « Je ne serai pas capable de dealer avec ça! À chaque sniff, ça sent quelque chose d’autre. » mais je peux vous lister : citrique, tabac, malt caramlisé, fraîcheur, réglisse, alcool, complexe, fruits confits, houblon, épices, fruitée, alcool poivré; bouche : je me rappelle bien plus le plaisir de la boire que les notes que j’ai prises; bouche : liquoreux (porto), texture soyeuse et crémeuse, épices, anis, finale en alcool, malt et alcool poivré, bonne carbonatation, corsé, légèrement pétillante; en résumé : wow!
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 It has been a long time since I wanted to try this one and there it is. Brown red opaque beer with a huge creamy mocha head that lasts forever. Aroma is spicy, notes of port, wine, grapes, raisins, malt, yeast... Taste is a wonderfull blend of spices, sweet malt, port, cognac, wine, raisns, plums, grapes, yeast, dough, honey, caramel, some bitterness in the aftertaste and such a creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol seems to be way less than 10.2%. Well, the Westvleteren 12 definitely lives up to the Hype. A real gem!
Stefano (1869) - Esbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2006
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 It is almost sacrilegious to call this beer. It transcends the category, with its deliciously enticing fruity-wine aroma and magnificent, malty raspberry/plum taste. Strong yet delicate, imagine biting into a perfectly ripe pear to get an idea of the texture and heartiness exhibited by ’12’. With such a high alcohol content, one would expect an overwhelming alcohol flavor, but it was masked as well as any ’beer’ I’ve had. With its rich, delectable taste, beautiful dark color, frothy head, and luscious aroma, this IS the perfect ’beer.’ An orgiastic feast for the senses.
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer looked much like a cloudy root beer that picked up some straw towards the edges, but had a mossy green halo around the edges when held to the light. Also, there were a few flecks floating around. The dirty off white head looked a little like my carpet with uneven bubbles creating a pleasantly chaotic surface that didn’t last for all that long.
Smelled of salty, flakey pastry that was creamy and doughy. Also included ideas of gooey cookie and/or bread dough with a sweet musky honey. Hell, it could even smell like baklava if you squinted right. There’s also some fruity notes of figs, cherries and plumbs. I was really astonished (as if I wasn’t impressed by now) by the “residual alcohol suggestion” where my mind pointed out where the 10.2% should be, but my nose could only pick up its shadow. Very nice indeed.
Tasted of creamy, milky caramel then picks up a pleasant tingly sensation that blossoms into an amazing syrup, peaches and pecans. Then there are also some playful light nips of hop that roll around my tongue, back and forth re-releasing little hints of a milky bread dough, honey and nuts in between the suppressive drops of dryness. Finishes like the pastry from the smell with some honey. As I exhale, I get an amplified, brilliant doughy yeast.
The mouth feel is light to medium and creamy with a brilliantly paired sandy feeling carbonation. Perfect!
What can I say? This one’s in a class of its own.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml bottle-cap dated/coded 23.08.09-Hard to believe I’m actually tasting this beer, thanks to Marsiblursi for giving me this oportunity in a trade. Poured a brownish/reddish color w/a moderate long lasting head. Had an incredable aroma. Deep, fruity, complex winelike aroma of dates & figs. I could have sat here & smelled it all day, but I wanted to taste it!! Seems so hyped up that you almost expect to be dissapointed, but that is just not the case. It’s just a flavor explosion. Very fruity, winelike, floral character of grapes, figs, dates, cherries, chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, toffee, peet, just pick an adjective & you can find it in there. Has a finish that’s a week long. This one lives up to the hype!!
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle from The Bier Circus, Brussels. Although not entirely disappointed, I was a little let down that only the Blond was being served at the festival. When we left for dinner I couldn’t help but order one of these with my meal. Pours a deep ruby brown colour with an off white foam of head. Earthy aroma with hints of rasin, brown sugar and spice. Complex with a cornucopia of flavours... berries, plums, rye bread, honey, malt and nuts. As sipped becomes sweet with a long spicy unoffensive yet bitter finish. Slightly less body than expected which is my only gripe. Was a great accompaniment for my steak and frites, only rivaled by the chocolate mousse a’la Chimay for dessert...
OKBeer (1170) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
330 ml bottle, cap dated 26.04.09. At long last. After losing one to Canada Customs in a trade, I wondered if I’d ever get another shot at it, but thanks to a suggestion from Ross on a source, here it is. Dark ruby brown colour with an everlasting rocky, creamy, and rich tan head with lots of lacing. Dark fruit, chocolate covered cherries, brown sugar, toffee, orange peel, raisin, fig, and amber rum aroma. Brown sugar, toffee, and molasses flavours lead into dark chocolate, fruit, figs, raisins, and cherries which in turn give way to a light alcohol finish with more molasses, rum, and dark chocolate to top it off. Mouthfeel is remarkable – rich and full bodied yet soft and delicate, smooth and easy drinking yet substantial, warming but no sign of alcohol heat. Definitely worth the wait and a fitting tribute for my daughter’s 3 month birthday – one of these will hit the cellar to celebrate another one of her milestones 17-20 years down the road. Also a fitting end, after 866 official Ratebeer ratings, to notebook #1.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The Holy Grail among beergeeks has finally managed to find it’s way to this humble being. A big thanks to Rayboy for hooking me up with this hard to find bottle. Pours copper with some sediment. Dark fruit, clove, various other spices along with a nice earthy basement funk. Finishes slightly warm. Overhyped?... definantly. Tasty?... absolutely.
Skinnyviking (6782) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Head non-existant. Muddy black body. Spicy herby aroma with caramel butter notes. Very complex flavor appearing fruity and yet spicy, seems to contain brown sugar as well. Hard to describe.
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Bottled at Carlsens]
First time I tasted it, it was a little bit too much, but now for every time I discover new notes. Being a monk in Westvleteren must really be the right thing between religios beer geeks.