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.
Procent (281) - POLAND - JUN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
W aromacie chlebowo, jest winnie, są dzikie nuty, migdałowe, wiśniowe, naprawdę jest bogato. Barwa rubinowa, dużo farfocli pływa, piana średnio obfita, mocno nagazowana. W smaku mieszanka wielu smaków - słodkie, syropowe, lekko miodowe i owocowe z jednej strony, lekko alkoholowe, stajenne, brzoskwiniowe i wytrawne z drugiej. Chociaż jeśli chodzi o balans to zdecydowanie po stronie słodyczy jest. Piwo ma sporo ciała i jest wysycone klasycznie dla takich belgów, czyli raczej wysoko, warto je odgazować nieco, by wyczuć więcej. Goryczka jest raczej niska a alkohol całkiem dobrze ukryty. Dobre, bogate w smaku i aromacie, warte spróbowania, ale raczej tylko w legendarnie najlepsze.
bmsulliv (206) - - JUN 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really good really complex beer, but not sure if it quite cracks the pantheon after a weekend in Belgium. At in der vrede in westvleyeren
msbernac (1002) - Krakow, POLAND - MAY 31, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma-caramel, dark fruits, raisin,
Appearance-brown, clear, tan foam,
Taste-light sweetness, lightly sour,
Palate-full body, thick feel, lively, long finish,
Malin_aiisa (102) - SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks finol.
Dark amber/Brown. off-White head.
aroma of sour caramel and oat cereal.
Organic taste full body.
Slight sweet, slight bitter.Rich and balanced.
Jenner707 (10) - DENMARK - MAY 28, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Got this beer in a bottle with no name on it, fantastic feeling in the mouth when you taste it. The taste is so round it’s almost indescribabe. And you can taste the 10.2 procent in the end of each taste, must say I understand why this is one of the most popular and best beers in the world!
McNeillR (1645) - SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 Vintage: Hazy mahogany brown, very thin viscous bubbly head with watery lacing. Nose is butternut sherry, brassy and a shake of steely berry. Initial taste is rusty figs, greasy lemon and demerara. Dusty ovaltine, fading rusty dank. Light whistle of sweetness. 3.8
2009 Vintage: Murky, slight floater brown with a fading cap and more solid ringed head. Nose is less sherry, morr berry. Similar swipe of lemon, dusty caramac and creamier thread. Edgey dusty malt, bit meatier but same smooth runny brassiness. Finishes fading brown sugar sweetness. 4.2
2013 Vintage: Bit clearer, same thin bubbly head. Creamy brass, more pruney and less woody. Initial taste is brighter lemon, soft choc shell sweet and dark branchy berry. Creamier, leaner but still varnishy sherry depth and crystally sweet finish. 3.9
King_Alex_II (452) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark brown color with large pored foam. Shy but extremely round smell with hints of licorice. The taste is balanced as shit. Nice helpful thin but regularly appearing carbonation bubbles. Dark creamy style without being relevantly heavy. Licorice and caramel with a dark malty part. The aftertaste is smooth and a little dry.
Beerkenstock (70) - - MAY 23, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drink cool 12° C.
Eye: burgundy-brown with a not too quickly dissipating white to beige head with almost no carbonation. plain bottle, like that.
Nose: dried raisins, dates and plums. milk to dark chocolate, mocca perhaps and yeast
Mouth: smooth, oily to creamy texture, sweet yeast, sugary and coffee notes.
Palate: licorice, nuts, yeast again. Bread and leaves.
Overall: Very nice, nutty, smooth, sweet and bitter as well beer. not the best belgian style though. what makes it so acknowledged is the effort you have to make to drink one. eitherway: drink one.
Moolesen (314) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Evening where we taste the 3 Westvleteren. 3/3. Bottle 33cl. Dark brown with a beige foamy head. Very malty aroma with a lot of rye where sweetnees is dominant. Much more interesting flavour than the 2 other Westvleteren. It’s more like drinking an old mature wine. Is it what I like? No. I like the fresh hops and definite not sweet beers. Don’t get me wrong. This is an ok beer, but nothing more than that. I’m trying to figure out why this is such an attractive beer, and the only reason I can come up with is that it is very difficult to get. Nothing more than that. Sorry. There are so many more interesting beers out there.
Zlotta (252) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2015 0,33 l bottle from drankgigant.nl, bottled on 2/4/2014 (just over a year old). Clear, very dark ruby with a huge, foamy, almost stable, tan head. Lovely, fruity-malty aroma of figs, raisins, cherries, plums, nuts and red wine with a slightly alcoholic touch. Very intense, sweetish, fruity-malty aroma of prunes, raisins, ripe cherries, figs, nuts and toffee, followed by roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Pleasant, long, relatively hoppy and warming, alcoholic finish with a bit of rum. Full body, very creamy texture, lively carbonation. Finally! Stored it for almost a year and have not been disappointed. Very rich and complex with a wide range of flavours while being very intense. Not overly alcoholic, just enough to balance the sweetness and satisfy. Big beer!