KAME (160) - California, USA - APR 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. I had high expectations for this brew, and it didn’t fail to deliver. It wasn’t the best beer I’ve ever had, but it was quite wonderful. Aroma is sweet, but not cloying, with very present raisins, oak, and belgian yeast. Flavor is much more impressive than the Westy 8, with caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, and a light alcohol presence all forming a quite wonderful brew. The creamy mouthfeel is probably the highlight of this very complex belgian quad, really explaining why it is so highly rated. It’s not the best at anything, but it does everything very well.
scanovajr (642) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 21, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle 33 cl at Café Belgique, Amsterdam. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is extremely complex. Caramel, fruits, raisins, wood and some chocolate. Hard to say everything you can feel drinking this beer. Taste is also complex. Lots of fascinating flavours. Sweet, caramel, cherries, oranges, chocolate, vinous. A bit of hops to balance everything. Sweet in the beginning and dry and warm in the end due to the high alcohol %. Smooth mouthfeel. Fascinating, the best beer I ever had.
bpcsatx (2) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2007 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The simple bottling and crating is not indicative of the great taste. The Trappist family simply knows how to make some of the best beer in the world. The fruit is quite amplified and the balance is perfect with just enough hops to compliment the fruit. Simply an enjoyable beautiful beer. To-date the best ever.
JohnnyOlhus (43) - Amager (Copenhagen), DENMARK - APR 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark beer, very little head. Taste of spicy fruit. Very wine-like in character and finish.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 19, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to fordest. This poured with a very small head, that lasted throughout. Smellls of raisin and chocolate. Taste of raisins, fruit, chocolate, and spice. Very good. The best in this style for me. Excellent.
yespr (31773) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 15, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 33 cL bottle several times and at different ages. Pours dark brown, murky. Aroma is a complex blend of fruit, chocolate and caramel malt. Mouthfeel is soft and wineous. Flavour starts sweet, goes into a toffee sweet-/softness, a slight touch of bitterness breaks the sweet notes. Extremely well balanced palate, all elements blend perfect into each other and none of them dominate. Has a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. Simply perfect.
hcalsos (205) - Rælingen, NORWAY - APR 10, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A truly great Belgian strong ale, just too bad its so hard to come by. A MUST!
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I finally tasted this beer after years of pining. After a blind tasting with Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus Abt 12, I thought Westvleteren 12 fell just a bit short of Rochefort 10. Still an amazing beer, but it lacked the complex nose of Rochefort12. The beer poured a deep red-brown with thick beige head. A very complex thick malty taste with lots of raisin and winey notes, and more bitterness compared to Rochefort 12.
Fukito (776) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 7, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Jbru´s, Nice spicy, anise, brandy an outstanding bubblegum aroma. Deep, winey, calvados, brandy, spicy flavor. Full mouthfeel, packs a flavor punch with a mild ending and a suculent aftertaste. Amazing for a 10,2% beer. Shinny amber color with a thin white head and beatifull lace. Really charming, enchanting masterpiece.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2011 2 year old bottle. I just pulled out my written rating for this one. Pours a cloudy deep brown with notes of red. The head is white, fluffy and uneven. Aroma is very full, with alcohol, dark malts, and a little bit of smoke/roast. There are a million tastes in here. Mostly dark fruits like plum and raisins. Decent balance of hops. Changes as it warms. I’ve got to get a hold of another one so I can try it unaged.