m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A special thanks to Bman1113vr for letting me drink this beer with him. Also an indirect thanks to jjpm74 for shipping it to bman!
Where to start?! The beer pours with a small light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Since i got the bottom portion of the bottle, the body particles were a small to medium size. The body hue was a medium colored brown. The aroma smelled a little like caramel mixed with some barnyard and some meat. But the most dominating smell from the beer were the dark fruits: the raisins and a sour tasting plum. The beer also had a very strong alcohol taste.
The initial flavor was moderately sweet and the finish was lightly bitter with lots of alcohol - pretty clean tasting towards the end.
The beginning of the beer is light to the palate and ends medium to full with a syrupy texture. The carbonation is lively.
What a great beer!!!!!!!
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 700th rating!! A million thank you;s to jjpm74 for sharing some Westvleteren magic. Bottle marked 28.03.10. Pours with a off-white head that goes and leaves some waves covering a murky brown body with particles. Alcohol legs on the side of the glass. Amazing aroma of figs, dark fruits, raisins, chocolate, alcohol, brandy and a slightly tart plum. Taste is sweet, lighter than expected with complex, rich and spiceyness. There is a complex savory alcohol note on the finish that is beautiful along with a long, clean and pleasant after taste. Brandy, spicey, sweet, yeasty and fruit. There is so much in this beer. It is subtely amazing! Syrupy mouthfeel with really light bubbles. This beer quitely lives up to all expectations.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2008 Beautiful dark brown with fading cream color head. Starts with a mix of dark cholcolate and carmel and fades to a yeasty fig flavor. Finished with a nice alcohol burn......but not too much. Perfect.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle, bottled 20.04.07--thanks to henrikb for this! My first rating in my new podunk town! Clear ruby brown with some chunky sediment and a one finger fading beige head down to a thin ring. Why doesn’t this look more impressive? Figs, raisins, and sweet slightly scorched caramel lead the aroma. Vanilla, Belgian yeast, and chocolate covered cherries come next. Flavor has the chocolate covered cherries (with the syrup and white sugary filling) coming stronger, and the alcohol blends well with this clear into the semi-dry slightly chalky finish, with bitterness peaking around a 2 to 3. Backing up a bit, the addition of a hint of leather makes its way into the flavor. Fairly vinous and figgy again as well. Full body with prickly low carbonation. For the top rated beer, I would have expected this to excel in all aspects, but it didn’t.
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
draught at in de vrede near the abbey. Simply put, fantastic. Caramel sweet smell. Taste is complex, every sip is different. Flavors of dark fruit, caramel, alcohol, very balanced and drinkable. Very smooth. Best I’ve ever had.
BelgiskOlklub (1025) - Viby J, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 2005. Average size lovely creamy off-white diminishing head, hazy dark brown body. Aroma of raisin, plum port and heavy alcohol. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation and a distinct bitter finish. The flavor is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. A nice beer - but better when it is young
Winchestercer (3) - , SPAIN - AUG 2, 2008 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Una muy buena cerveza trapista. No creo que llegue a ser la mejor del mundo, aunque sí de las mejores. Seguramente gane puntos por la forma de venta y la historia que esconde tras de sí.
ZanomiX (4) - , BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2008 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Finally I could taste the best beer in the world. I don’t have much experiance but this is defenatly the best beer I’ve ever tasted. It has a very rich flavour but I expected it would be sweeter. I liked it more this way!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 12 oz. bottle - generously traded to me by jim74; cloudy, dark reddish brown; lots of flakes and still left about 1/2" in the bottom of the bottle; frothy tan head bubbles up and quickly fades to a thin, soapy film; lots of sweetness, dank fruit, brown sugar and fresh cut prunes (or something like that); velvety soft on the lips and very rich; wow, nose is top dog here; as is the creamy texture; flavor the only letdown, but just a slight one; a very big beer in richness and sweetness
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl, exclusive brewery, from the brewery, very complex, but heavy (and sweet), cloudy, good head, very good brew