lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Notes from a tasting in 10/08
Bottle ordered and consumed at In De Vrede, the abbey cafe.
Poured in to a Westvleteren goblet, opaque brown with a frothy tan head that left fine lace on the glass. Lots of dark fruit in the nose, ripe currant, dark cherries, run-soaked raisins...yes, it smells boozy. Some breadiness too.
In the mouth, the first thing you notice is the alcohol. Having this beer fresh, at the source, has its advantages and its drawbacks and the heat of this beer when so young is one of the drawbacks. But once you get past the alcohol up front, there is a wonder of flavors. A rich maltiness, velvety smooth and all the dark fruit comes through. Raisin, currant, plum and dark cherry, underpinned with sweet spice, a breadiness and sweet finish that is promptly made clean by the strong alcohol. A velvety mouthfeel though. Itís pretty damn good.
A beer that lives up to the hype. The only drwaback was drinking it so young; I would imagine that having this with 6-18 more months of age on it would make it heavenly. As it is, the heat of the alcohol is the only flaw.
mattibrandt (1) - - DEC 17, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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Welley_Alves (211) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 17, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Cerveja trapista belga que dispensa apresentações. Reconhecida em inúmeros reviews como "a melhor do mundo", essa breja realmente é diferente. Cor escura, com ótima e persistente formação de espuma, com aroma de frutas secas que persiste durante toda a garrafa. Na boca, bom corpo, algo licoroso, com importantes notas de frutas secas, ameixas e cerejas maduras, com álcool bem inserido. Baixo amargor, excelente equilíbrio. Final longo e aquecido. Excelente breja!
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worldbeertaste (1371) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
10 year old bottle. Dark brown with a thin, disappearing, tan, non lacy head. Smells of raisins, figs and nuts, liquorish, caramel, and deep complex malt. Fruity and malty. Medium to full oily body. Initial sweet taste of malt and caramel with a chewy centre filled with yeast, fruit, spices, toffee, and a soft citrus. Some of the most complex malt Iíve sampled. Smooth and keeps bringing me back for more. Iíve never had a young bottle, which needs to be tried. Delicious. However, it isnít the greatest thing Iíve ever had. It shouldnít be as expensive as it is nor as hyped. Still itís very nice.
theOptimator (268) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is raisin, sweet malt, grape. Appearance is hazy off brown wit small off white head that dissipates quickly. Taste is raisin, grape, plum, cherry... all backed by sweet malt. Palate is medium full. Sweet full fruity malt lingers but crisp. Overall an excellent beer. I prefer St Bernardus though.
sethdude (678) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy, thick and red/brown with a thin, effervescent head (unexpected) and plenty of flocculation. Aroma is big and sweet, dandelion, smoky, vanilla, and somewhat astringent, like bourbon. Flavor is toffee, raisins, tobacco, floral hops, peppercorn, and grass. Much less sweet than I would expect from a beer of this size. Dry and rich, this drinks nicely on a snowy, wintry day. Thanks Tony (Duffman) for this kind offering!
fkoolen (71) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an almost pitch black colour with a creamy beige head. Nose is a bit sweet, mainly malts. Taste has some chocolate, dried fruits, cherries and caramel, malts and just a pinch of bitterness: very round, subtle and balanced. Creamy mouthfeel, low carbonated. Special drink, definitely the most balanced of trappists although I prefer the 8 by Westvleteren.
WanderinCelt87 (71) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a lovely dark almost black brown with a tan head. Has a very sweet malt aroma. Has a very malty sweet taste. Has a very smooth after taste.
zenkis (405) - Ogre, LATVIA - DEC 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle @T-drinks, Tilburg, NL; May 2013th
Pours unclear, brown-reddish with huge, beige cocoa-creamy top, medium lasing, good stamina. Aroma - very unique, comething like chocolate cake (not so much chocolate as it is), chocolate-malty but not chocolate, deep malty, a bit raisins. WoW yeasty! Taste is sweetish, with no sour touch, light hoppy bitter. Well rounded palete, thick smooth and mouthfeel, indeed huge brew, unique flavor. Like liquid cake, also in aftertaste.
Nische (448) - SaltsjŲ-Boo, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderfully superb beer. Dark reddish brown color with a huge off white head. Smells of dark fruit,sweet sugar and Belgium yeast. The flavor follows the nose with raisins, plumbs, and toffee. The flavors only get better as the beer slightly warms. Does it live up to the hype? With not the least hesitation, yes!
sistinas (91) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (of course). Purchased December 2012. I drank one then and drank one about a year later - does show a bit more character from aging. Pours a very dark brown with a sizable foamy head. Smells of cherries, plums, brown sugar. The aforementioned flavors hit the tongue first before it transforms into something a bit more yeasty and biscuity and spicy. Lots of stuff going on. Thought itíd be a little thicker in texture based on how it looked. Worth seeking out, I suppose, though I had a St Bernardus ABT 12 the next day (though it was on tap) and I liked that better.