Beerconnaiseur (68) - BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
First of all, you raters : this is NOT - I repeat - NOT the blonde beer. This is the beer brewed internally by the monks for eachother, low on alcohol but still very very tasty. And our Cistercian friends didn’t take this goal very lightly (do they ever?). Well, this is in fact one of the most exquisite ’beers’ on the globe. Trust me. After tasting hundreds of aged beers, the 6 and 12 shine out.. They ripe in an amazing manor. WV is simply not a beer, it’s an experience. By coincidence or Divine intervention.. I must admit, it was a very old bottle of the 80’s that I tasted, so matured.
Amazing, for a low alcohol brown. Balanced, soft, still foam head and some lacing.. Go red, if you can. This is rare. Or do a retreat at the abbey, and drink young ones during your meal.. Good idea!
AdiBeer (1019) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: honey, molasses, malts. Appearance: hazy pale gold, medium creamy white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: bitters turning very sour, slightly watery, average-long finish, dry. Overall: nice Belgian Ale, great aroma. Bottle at Cambrinus, Bruges.
brokensail (10741) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ 10K + OT. Thanks, Chris. Amber pour with a fair amount of hazy/floaters and a small off-white head. Smells mostly of soda water with some caramel. A touch of banana and raisin. Hints of yeast. Somewhat sweet taste of honey, caramel, and fruity esters. Light banana and raisin. Soda water, a bit of yeast, and maybe some grenadine. This is dead.
GT2 (8354) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[ Bottle ][ JealousChalice ][ 33cl ][ 10K+OT Tasting ][ Stemless Wine Taster ][ 5/3/14 ]
>> Thank you Chris for the share! Pours low haze deep amber, low carbonation with spotty lacing. Nose is minty oxidation, orange peel, perfume, cognac. Taste is watery, minty, orange peel, no sugar or body. Fairly drinkable, more fun to try. But clearly over the hill and probably wasn’t meant for aging.
neuromatt (1131) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #1000. 33 cL bottle from Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam, served in a vintage Westvleteren glass alongside the Blonde, 8 and 12 at the opening of Chris’ new bar. Pours hazy chestnut with a small tan head that fades to a thin cover and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose is simply gorgeous with beautiful notes of figs, caramel, molasses, raisins, chocolate and a touch of earth. The flavour is medium malty sweet with notes of caramel, candi sugar, grain and a touch of grass. The finish is long, malty and a bit grainy. On the palate it is surprisingly light with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great ale that has been surprisingly well preserved. The nose is amazing but the body was lighter than I expected. Most similar to the 8, it has a more complex and nuanced nose but lacks in body. It would be nice if the monks could release this one again so we can see how a younger bottle would taste. 2014-03-29
Inbreak (2013) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 16.06.2012, 0,33l bottle sampled @ BBGTC summer tasting:
Lett sødmerik fruktig oksidert lukt med preg av karamellmalt, humle, smørkaramell, rosin, toffee, mørkt rørsukker, honning. Oksidert lett tynn og sødmerik smak med preg av smørkaramell, beiskt gras, våt papp, mørkt rørsukker, honning. Middels bitterhet og lengde. God, for å vere det den er.
PatrickGav (23) - - AUG 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The colour is dark brown, very few foam. Aroma of liquorice, caramel with a touch of hazelnut. Very dense and heavy flavour. Very long finish.
Rasmus40 (10842) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Amundsen Bryggeri, Oslo. Vintage 1997. Clear dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, oxidized and dried fruit. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. Soft. This has aged beautifully. 280713
kraddel (2969) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
got a sample by some awsome italians, at the kulminator! epic thanx , dudes !
pours very dark, small white foam. smalls aged, caramel. taste is likewise, very subtile carbo , nice to try , but not realy unique. aged realy nice, though !
spdyfire83 (32) - 5280, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle poured into Crooked Stave tulip. Vintage: mid/late-90’s, I gather from discussions with the individual who passed this my way.
I shared this at a random Wednesday afternoon tasting at Crooked Stave (thanks Chad for welcoming us!) as part of "December to Remember - 2012". Drank alongside Westvleteren Dubbel (which is interestingly non-ratable on this site), amongst others.
Appearance is light brown. Quarter, (tan) fingernail, bubbly head on medium pour. Smells of dark fruit, raisin, light brown sugar, and breadiness. Touch of mild cherry here too. Taste follows smell - hidden cherry starts things off followed by soft dark fruit, caramel, and cardboard. Touch of sour too and I know this thing is past its prime. Medium/full bodied with soft (nearly flat) carbonation. Surprisingly bad and over-the-hill. Quite strange to me considering this bottle is younger than the Red Cap. I find it amazing that the lower ABV withstood time more resiliently than this. Granted they are different styles, but they generally have the same characteristics in my opinion. My recommendation, do not bend-over-backwards to get this.