GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #100! Pours a beautiful deep brown with mahogany hints around the edges. The head is a rocky off-white two fingers thick which lingers for quite a while and leaves minimal lacing. Where do I start with the aroma? Sweet bready caramel malts with huge dark fruit aromas of raisins and plums up front. Big and complex with molasses, brown sugar, and some spices on top of that. Just a wonderfully aromatic brew. Just like the smell, the taste is just incredibly complex and wonderful. There is a prevailing sweetness that pervades the entire flavor with molasses, dark fruit, caramel, and vanilla. Spices are also present but perfectly balanced with the sweetness and malts. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but with a nice big carbonation that tickles the tongue. I honestly donít think you could improve the mouthfeel...exceptional. Well, what else to add to the praise. Iím not sure if this is the best beer Iíve ever had, but itís pretty damn close. Itís unbelievably complex but extremely drinkable and is certainly the best of the style I have ever tasted.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow....I wanted to hate this beer but it smelled like dried fruit and tasted like really nice dried fruit and finished dry and super super drinkable......worth the hype.....but not worth the amount people are spending on this on ebay.....
BierGarten wine and spirits (12) - Jenks, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 27, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Simply amazing what else can be said. Sampled this at In de Vrede. Found it at De Bier Temple in Brussels. Brought 3 cases back to the states. If you have never tried this beer you must.
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 [1173-20080302] Bottle. Mild fruity aroma has hints of malt and roast. Hazy, dark dark brown body with a long-lasting creamy light tan head. Flavour has some fruity malt but mostly is roasted malt with little bitterness. Full body. Impressive and muted like its brothers and still very nice, especially as it warms. (7/5/9/4/18) 4.3
(@ In De Vrede; Westvleteren, BE)
[1312B-20080419] Bottle. Mild vine grapes aroma has boozy green leaf grains and a strange oxo cube background. Murky, dark brown red body pours a big medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Sweet green twigs and fruity mild malt flavour has toasty grain sweetness and booooze. Medium body. Bonus for the experience in Canada. (7/4/8/4/17) 4.0
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RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 My first Westy 12! Dark brown with a creamy tan head that disappears into a ring. Huge thanks to Old Style Cub fan! Huge and beautiful aroma of cherries, brown sugar, raisins, figs. Amazing flavor, fresh and strong, yet extremely complex. Has a strong vineous quality. Finish is beautifully smooth and sweet. Thereís a lot going on in this beer. Itís worthy of its top beer titile!
nimbleprop (6659) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2011 Rating #500! Itís an honor to have the Unicorn of beers for this milestone. Bottle courtesy of Shyam. 33cl bottle has no label, engraved in the glass is the word "Trappist", otherwise the only identifying mark would be the bottle cap. Pours a deep, cloudy, nearly opaque nut brown with a head that was initially foamy and active, and settled to a healthy, creamy, tan ring with tight bubbles. The aroma is mild, all things considered, but if you search you can sense the complexity. Thereís a deep, sugary malt presence, yeast, grain, bread dough, raisins, dried fruits, dates, figs and a touch of lemon grass. The aroma is good, the flavor is truly remarkable: brown sugar, chewy bread dough, raisins, grapes, butterscotch, cookies, biscuits, Belgian candy, coffee with cream, cane sugar, a little bit of earthy spice and a little bit of mild milk chocolate. Buttery and soft on the palate makes this so easy to drink with the kind of lingering sweetness that could make it a session beer. What a session that would be. Very well balanced and the consistency of the beer is probably a reflection of the care taken when making it. While not THE best beer Iíve ever had, itís one of the best and certainly worthy of being labeled the best beer in the world. ******* Re-rate, 2004 bottle at Kulminator. Looks the same, great mahogany color. Flavor is sweet, a touch boozy, a little whiskey, some brown sugar, malt, light toast, yeast, caramel, dried fruits, raisins. Nose is plums, dates, raisins, malty, a little booze, some coconut. Finishes a touch hot. Aging very well. 8-5-8-4-15.
SDBengalFan (2) - USA - MAY 22, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Greatest beer ever..worth the crazy price. This is the best beer in the world. I would drink this exclusively if not for the price.
heavy (2349) - Split, CROATIA - MAY 22, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2008 So I have nominally the best beer in the world in front of me. Always though I would be then nervous or fascinated, but at the moment I took it as a normal beer, like every other, sincerely, without any biases. Even didnít expect too much from it, maybe of bad biometeorological situation :) Allright, letís head to the beer!
I got a 0.33 l bottle from belgianshop.com. It Poured just a bit hazy dark brown body with medium bigger brownish head. Strong, impressive aroma, yeasty with dark fruits (berries, plums, ) caramel. Some orange peel as well, with caramel and chocolate. Wow, canít stand to try it now! At the first sip it seemed a bit light, bittersour caramel and some alcohol, but nice. After two or three its complexity started to show up, probably as the palate gets used to. Yeasty fruits with malty caramel produce some nice flavors, ranged from chocolate filled with blueberries to irish coffee, as alcohol is also felt a bit. Very nice, but not near perfect, somehow leaves a feeling alcohol is hidden in a bit wrong, unbalanced and I would deer to say cheapish way. Finish is very pleasant, very sweet, caramel and plum dominated. I am constantly bothered by that strange bitterness from the flavor, but otherwise would be perfect beer. Although surely one of the best beers Iíve ever had in my life, itís not the best and I can say Iíve actually expected more.
ErikDM (2) - USA - MAY 20, 2008 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted this beer first hand at íDe Vredeí right next to the abbey. Canít get any better! Rich flavor, aroma, color all that you need in a beer. I do feel a sad that it needed to take the commercialism of the western world to get to know this beer. I would suggest to every beer ísnobí to save your money for a plane ticket rather than spending it on postage!
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, HUGE thanks to Dough77 for sending this guy my way. Iíve been saving this for my college graduation, and Iím glad I let it sit for a few months before cracking it.
The aroma is so interesting - doughy, yeasty, picking up some raisin notes too. To be honest, it smelled like bread, or pizza dough (in a good way). Absolutely delicious flavor. Lots of fruit: raisin, lightly roasted coffee, some caramel, honey, and vinuous notes too. Beautiful lingering malty finish, perfect body. The alcohol is there, but just serves to warm the throat on the way down.
I was a little nervous before opening this one because I was afraid that it wouldnít live up to the hype. Fortunately, it definitely did. Itís a unique and incredibly complex beer -- Iím glad to have finally tried it.