MasterSki (8) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Review #600. Bottle brought back from Belgium by my wife - thanks Bryna! Served in a Westvleteren goblet. Best before February 10th, 2011, so roughly two years old.
A - Thank god! After the flat bottle I had in Toronto I was worried. The cap comes off with a hiss and a touch of gunsmoke. Pours with a voluminous two fingers of dark tan foam (impressive for a goblet!), that dissipates quite slowly and leaves glass-coating lacing and a thick cap. The body is a nearly opaque dark plum color.
S - The smell literally explodes out of the glass, with an initial wave of dark fruits and berries. Plums, prunes, raisins, black cherries - they’re all here. There’s some vinous red wine notes that emerge, along with a touch of sweet tobacco, apples, and nuts. There’s a caramel malt backbone that ties things together, but stays in the periphery. As it warms a touch of booze peeks through to remind you that this is for sipping.
T - The taste is very grape-forward, with notes of port, red wine, dark fruits, rum-cake, and caramel. It’s not as saccharine as Rochefort 10, as it’s balanced by a dryish and slightly woody finish. While the taste isn’t quite as complex as the nose, the alcohol is better hidden.
M - The body is chewy and viscous, without becoming heavy or syrupy. Carbonation is present, but soft. Finishes surprisingly dry with only mild residual stickiness. Not much in the way of alcohol heat at all. It’s everything I’d want in a quad, and maybe even a bit more.
D - So, is it the best beer in the world? Probably not, but it’s a superb one nonetheless. It’s shockingly drinkable for a 10.2% quad, and I could actually have more than one of these without feeling diabetic too. There’s been a lot written about this beer, and I’m not sure there’s much I can add - it’s excellent, highly recommended, and worthy of the acclaim that has been heaped upon it.
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 (1363) - 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 (8) - 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.
JorgeLee (952) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
So this is the annoying thing about this website. A decade ago I went to the monastery and bought a load of these which slowly disappeared. And then I had none left to rate. So now I’m back with a single Westie 12, in Au Bon Vieux Temps, desperately trying to warm the damn thing up before I drink it. Age unknown but I’d guess young. Darker than I remembered. Thin, lasting foam, lots of sediment. Yeah it’s still good, malty, spicy, fruity, raisins, prunes, a little yeasty. Just bitter enough, great balance.
Need to do some blind tasting, this against some other great Belgians...
Niall73 (625) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle on my 40th Birthday! Pours a coca cola colour with an off-white head. Aroma isn’t huge - some dark fruits. I’ve had this once before and to be honest this one isn’t as good. Plenty dark fruit, prunes etc. rummy, but it’s just not hitting the mark - I’d even say it’s a touch thin. Oh well...
Sparf (63) - Östersund, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Alla fantastiska belgiska dofter är på plats: russin, fikon, farin och en lätt blommighet blandad med karamellmalt. Kan även ana nötcreme och en aning parfymaktig alkoholton.
Något trist mahognyfärgad brygd med ett välstrukturerat och kvardröjande skum.
Mycket fruktig och söt smak. Karamell, malt, värmande kryddor, honung, dadlar och en viss fatton. Hela den belgiska smakpaletten är där vilken ger en fantastisk komplexitet i smakbilden. Enastående bra, kort sagt.
Fyllig kropp och en lätt smörig textur.
Eftersmaken är lång och värmande. Kvardröjande fruktighet och en sakta framväxande och mycket mjukt kryddig beska.
ametras (45) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
 330ml bottle. Pours murky reddish brown with a foamy off-white head. Lots of sediments. Aroma of toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, nuts, dates, plum, bread, yeast. Taste is banana, licorice, spices, molasses, cherry, raisin, honey, and alcohol. Slight bitterness. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, vinous mouthfeel. Warm, sweet and bitter finish. Incredibly rich, deep and complex.
tricksta_p (243) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy brown with a tan head. Fantastic aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, honey, chocolate, and much more. Slight booziness, This beer is indeed spectacular. I would love to rate this again in a few years, when I’ve had even more different brews. For now, this rating will have to suffice.
SpongeRuiner (410) - Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Big thanks to tectactoe. Really fine beer. Even after it warms, very smooth. Probably the smoothest big Belgian Iâ€™ve had. Big want.
tectactoe (649) - Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 Bottle: 2011 bottle thanks to Mike, review based on a 2012 bottling. Murky brown & deep mahogany with some light sediment, a thin tan foam sits nicely on top for a while. Aroma is fantastically Belgian; grapes, raisins, figs, Belgian Candi sugar, brown sugar, faint roses, toasty nuts, toffee, light phenol, dark esters, faint finishing spices, & a plum-y, sugar-like finish. Taste is wonderful toasted bread, caramel malt, candied grapes, figs, dates, sweet red licorice, light booze, sweet honey, earthy & fruity esters, mild clove, warming spices, Belgian yeast, faint Candi sugar... Insanely complex. Buttery smooth mouthfeel, really such a treat. No doubt, one of the best Belgian quads out there.