Theydon_Bois (5278) - The ’Sham, Surrey, - AUG 7, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured (a 2007 dated bottle so well aged) into a goblet to a rich muddy looking - mid brown colour with a small head that soon vanished (drank Nov ’11).
Smells rich and fruity, dried fruit aroma, maybe some banana and certainly some spice aroma.
Tastes rich and complex, burnt sugars, spice, dark fruity flavours . . . you would not think you are drinking a 10%+ beer,
Mouthfeel was very silky and just begged to be imbibed further.
Overall a great great beer, very complex in flavour, alcohol well disguised and a treat on the palate - what more do you want?
ralphcal (3) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally got my hands on a bottle. Great nose, yeasty and sweet, a little smokiness. The taste is a little sweet, a hint of alcohol bite but pleasantly so. Starts a little spicy but overall very smooth, sweet, caramelly.
Viktorlol (2) - BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Pipi in a bottle ..................................................
mxnuel16 (18) - PANAMA - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excelente aroma a pasas, aparincia rojo vino, sabor muy agradable pero se siente mas el alchol que la 12 de st bernardus, en conjunto, ya se entiende por que es considerafa la mejor del mundo.
rxndygordon (21) - Panama, PANAMA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cerveza de apariencia oscura rojisa y aroma bastante presente. Poco head de espuma. Prefiero la abt 12 de st bernardus
AndyReynolds (767) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to my Awesome & very gracious Uncle Jim. The nose is sweet Belgian malts with dark fruits (plums, grapes, insert other dark fruit here), typical Belgian yeast character. Has a winey/corkey aftertaste. I have to say, this is very comparable to the St. Bernardus (spelling?) Abt 12 but not as dry and a little fruitier. Being that the Abt 12 is one of my favorite, I have to give this a high rating. Personally, I think Permanent Funeral and Brandy Barrel Vanilla Bean Aged Dark Lord are better, but to each there own.
Chudwick (1539) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle shared by AndyReynolds the Gracious - pours the way it did for the previous 2800+ raters. Nose is dark fruit, brown sugar, and ether. Earthy aromas I’d expect from an abt/quad. Keep thinking of saint Bernardus 12. Wine cork aftertaste in a good way. Goes down easy for 12% ABV. Damn good but not my favorite beer in the world.
beechner224 (215) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby red/brown with an off-white head. Aroma is some dark fruits, typical of a quad. Taste is dark fruit, prunes, no hops, smooth.Its good, just not my thing.
thomas198700 (1) - - DEC 4, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Surely One of the Best beers i tried.. Fantastic aftertaste .. Strong Wooden Aromas.. Could be compared too oak matured wine.. Great beer, for the ones who still need to try this unique westie, have a look on: westvleterenshop.com ... Great value for what you get! Enjoye!
mR_fr0g (1386) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home traded for a days hard graft at mate’s house. 4 ear old bottle. Rich dark amber / red / caramel colour with a thin persistent light cream tan head. Aroma is rich christmas pudding, figs, dates, touch of booze. Flavour is rum, raisin, dates, touch of caramel oxidation in this bottle. flavour is very well rounded and full. Finish is oak, alcohol bite and a touch of oxidation. Maybe not the best example, but still dam tasty. I still would have a rrochefort 10 any day of the week.
tmzl (9) - SLOVENIA - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Look: deep amber, brown with golden tone. Foam - nice off-white, even, equal bubbles. Very good retention. Hazy with some floating yeast.
Smell: Dark fruit, raisins, little banana. Deep sweet malt; brown, burnt sugar. There is some very subtle smokey, roasty notes, hint of coffee (more like cappuccino). There is also some sour and (hm) "bitter" tone. Superbe balance, yet subtle and complex.
Taste: Dark fruits again, little spike from high alcohol. Very smooth, creamy, caramel, toffee and cappuccino middle malts. Little brandy notes but not overwhelming. There is also some very subtle funk. Ends with a very good mix of sour and malty aftertaste. Perfect. Last sips with some yeast, nice finish.
Mouthfeel: Starts a little spicy then very smooth, full. It is slightly warming doe to the high alcohol but goes away after a few sips. Alcohol very well hidden. Surprisingly good and lively carbonation. Leaves a nice creamy feeling.
Overall: Was skeptical with all the hype, but man, did it deliver. Balanced, subtle and very complex. Definitely a must try.