argo0 (12111) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 (10/13/05, bottled 5/22/02) Given the greater experience and context I have gained since joining RB, it definitely is time to revisit the true king of beers. Small off-white head dissipates fairly quickly (no doubt due to the age of the beer), giving way to an opaque dark brown-red body. Aroma is medium sweet, raisin/prune, vinous, cookie dough, some cherry, light oak, orange. The flavors are bursting at the seams -- moderately sweet, cookie, raisin, floral, cherry, some orange, chocolate, molasses, herbal, faint vinous. The alcohol is nearly invisible. Smooth, even creamy, medium-full body. It will be a very sad day should I no longer be able to obtain this masterpiece. (8/4/10/5/19)
(5/27/02) Absolutely wonderful beer. Very malty, rich & complex. Alcohol warmth adds to, rather than detracts from, the wonderful flavor. (9/4/9/5/18)
Tmoney99 (11901) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by alexadad06.
Poured a cloudy brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark citrus, ginger and caramel aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth sticky texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bittersweet flavor with a heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration.
This is a standout complex brew.
Christian (11784) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2013 Cafe in de Vrede, April 2013, fresh comparison of all three Westvleteren. Cloudy dark brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, dried fruit and vineous alcohol, along with cinnamon and a hint of banana. Sweet and full bodied flavour with brown sugar and dried fruit, vineous and slightly hot alcohol. Grassy hops, and a quite bitter finish
Original excited 2004 rating for 4.8: A cloudy to muddy dark red/ruby brown beer with very little head. What can I add about the aroma, that wasn’t already said here? I picked up earth and plums at first and then so many other impressions that I couldn’t pick them apart, but just sat and enjoyed.
The flavour is quite sweet and malty, but balanced and very long lasting (the beer lasted an hour, the flavour lasted another hour). There is a lot of hops to balance, and a licorice dark malt note too that adds a dry finish. Round, pleasant mouthfeel with just noticable bubbles and an almost oily whisky like mouthfeel. It’s just a wonderful drink and at risk of being Ratebeer conformist, I’ll have to say that it earns the 20 overall score second to only Kaggen.
jcwattsrugger (11553) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
’98-11.2oz bottle @Hoboken#1-thanks hophead 75/Andrew –pours a retaining off white ring and hazy gold/brown color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, herbal. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, herbal, yeast, dry. Smooth, occasional. 3.6
thewolf (11490) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Wonderful dark brown colour with high carbonation and a very impressive white head that diminishes slowly. The taste is very complex with a general sweetness from malts but spiked up with a strong array of spices and fruitiness. I find the beer a tad too alcoholic though - almost barley wine. Exceptional body.
RERATE: [vintage 2004]
Well, this is still not as good as Rochefort. The body is still fantastic, aroma is stunning, but has that Westvleteren rye breadiness - which isn’t that much me. Still a bit too vinious for me, but really still a good beer.
HenrikSoegaard (11471) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Its a fantastic beer. The best so far. The reason it doesn´t get 5,0 is that the aroma could be a little more powerfull, and the head a bit more lasting . Otherwise this is the perfect beer. You eat it, more than you drink it.
Pinball (11404) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 Bottle, pub Proppen, Denmark , Birkerød.
This was a very pleasant drink. I can find nothing to complain about, which is seldom with beers. However, it didn’t stand out as being truly spectacular, mostly because it was sort of totally well balanced, with no dirty tricks or surprises added, just a damn good beer indeed. It was a bit expensive (dkk 129 / usd 25), but i was very happy to be able to taste it at all.[6,4,8,4,17]
re-rate, bottle from beerplanet.eu. clear brown smooth head4.
complex malty aroma, slighty fruity figs, also faint note of fresher fruits.7. aroma is quite subdued and not very agressive. alc is very hidden.faint spicy sweetness too.
flavor is malty, spicy, quite complex, dried fruits, alc. is noticeable but mostly as a warming sensation, also a little boozy. elegant and in fact pretty mild flavored quad. a bit too spicy sweet for my taste. 7. palate is a little thin 3, overall a nice and complex quad but for me - not really in a league of its own. 16. [7,3,7,3,16].
imdownthepub (11378) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Conditioned at The Kulminator, Antwerpen. Dark black with big tan head. After years of looking, caught up with this in this marvellous little boozer. Both have loads of character, are dark and interesting, smokey and fruity with a hint of licorice root. I was totally impressed with both, but even then I didn’t score a 5, which means the search continues.
Ratman197 (11228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle (thanks to Davecooks) poured a clear copper brown with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of pears, apples, figs, dates, carmel, toffee and light maple. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dates, carmel, toffee, apples and pears with a smooth lingering lightly sweet finish.
Lubiere (11148) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1999 vintage . Oranged hue brown ale with a beautifuk off-white head, resilient, lacing. Wonderfully maderized malt with raisins, prunes and dates in aroma, and nice spices wifting through. Smoother than the newer beer tasted (2004), with fruityness coming out weel, dates, port wine, and orange peels. Rich and well balanced, all taste blending well. One word superb (9-5-9-5-18). The 2004 differed in that in aroma, the spices were more sharp, coriander and curacao, very present. The hops in mouth were also slightly metallic, so was the alcohol. (9-5-9-5-17). BW tasting at Dumdum’s, Late March 2005. Merci Dum.