mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(First off I must thank IMTheOptimator for this most generous gift. I waited a long time to finally enjoy this bottle) Big bready malty flavor. Has that same fruit/candy quality that I found in the 8, but not in nearly the same intensity. Has this been lost somewhat with age? Cherry and dark fruits like plum and dates are all over the place. Cinnamon is prevalent as well. Alcohol warming is there, but the taste of alcohol is prefectly masked. I like the westy yeast, especially compared to other belgian style strong ale yeasts. It gives a nice floral estery profile. The mixture of sweetness and dry maltiness is strange. I keep thinking of rye bread. The palate has no flaws. Nice carbonation level aiding a dense, but somehow also light mouthfeel. The real strength of this beer, though, is the complexity. It doesn’t pop like the 8 does, but does manage to combine bread, fruit, spice and even cocoa, blending them all together into a beautiful boquet.
DenverLogan (862) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark color; tan head. Rich aroma of dark and sweet malts, sweet fruit. Tastes include powder sugar, rich malts, raisins, prunes....very smooth and easy but fully rich and tasty. Lovely balance. Have tasted this many times...always best with a couple of years of age, otherwise can be a tad hot in alcohol.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 bottle. Aroma is fruity with caramel, yeast, sweet aromatic malts, and a floral bouquet. Average sized off-white/light tan head that mostly lasted and left ok lace. A caramel hue with a rusty tinge. Very murky as well. Flavor is slightly fruity then transitions to earth and finishes with a bitter linger. Palate is lively and medium bodied. Will be much better in a couple years. A good beer but over rated now a days.
Haslinger (870) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 To this point one of the best beers I have ever tasted. What a perfect way to end 2007. Thanks to IlanMan for bringing it back from Denmark. Tastes unlike any other beer I have ever had. I think it is somewhat deserving of the hype behind it but I feel if were readily available it wouldn’t be the top beer in the world. That being said If this were readily available I would be homeless and happy due to buying this all the time. Started out the New Years celebration with style this year.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours a deep dark golden with a small white head. aroma of wine and beauty. heavy body and burst of flavor hides the alcohol extremely well. Abnormally smooth and just amazing. I saved this for my 100th rating. This was a great way to start out New Years. Just amazing.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, what better way to end the year than with the proclaimed "best beer in the world." Pours a very dark slightly murky brown (left some yeast in the bottle) with surprisingly small, dissipating tan head. Very effervescent, with rich wine-like nose with hints of molasses, baker’s chocolate, and sweet fruity liqueur. On the palate, smooth but a little thin, tasting like a nice aged port with added barrel character, along with a sort of grape jelly note i remember from the 8, for which this is most definitely the more adult version. A lovely long finish, melding through many different stages from winter spices to delicate candi sugar sweetness to a final delicate tingle of herbal hop bitterness. Best beer in the world? That always seems a contentious claim, as taste is inevitably subjective, yet this is one particularly well crafted and lovely ale, and one that I am very happy and thankful to have tried.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
appearance: darker brown than the others. thick ivory head almost light brown
aroma: even a lot more subtler brown sugar confectionary and dark fruit
taste: dark fruit and a little boozy, candied sugar.....
overall i surprisingly enjoyed this one slightly less than St. B.
SaintMatty (5861) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle at Bitter Virtue, Southampton- Very dark brown in colour with a tan head and a sweet aroma with caramel and coffee being detected. The taste is very flavoursome with dried fruits such as raisins, sultanas along with a hint of coffee being detected. Well deserving of the hype.
TrefwoordPunk (830) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Botlle 33 cl at Locus Publicus, Delft. Pours a very dark brown with a medium off-white head and a rich sweet aroma with brown sugar, caramel, honey and coffee (with sugar and milk). Taste is rich, sweet wiith lots of malts and hints of caramel, chocolate, coffee, ripe fruits and hops. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10.2%. A very nice beer!
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from O’Brien’s pub San Diego. I’m not going to tell you how much I paid for this bottle........too much. Brew poured a deep dark brown that was slightly hazy. Head was tan and thin, then dissipated and was gone within a few minutes. Nose of brown sugar, molasses, roasted toffee. Taste reminded me of a thin port wine. Very smooth and clean on the pallet. One of the best beers I’ve ever had.