Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge thanks to drabmuh for acquiring this bottle. Served in a small Westvleteren chalice.
A: Pours a very slightly-hazed amber-copper color with a half-finger white head and just a bit of spotty lacing on the way down.
S: The nose carries a pretty heavy amount of fruit. Slight oxidation plus a bit of cherry and other dark fruits. Almost a touch of melon waiting in the background.
T: The flavor is a bit less traditional. Some melon-type flavor comes through along with a bit of bread and a touch of caramel. Really quite interesting. Maybe a bit of strawberry. There are definitely fruits present, but not in the traditional way. Hard to place.
M: Body is light to medium with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Very light bitterness.
O: This has held up fairly well. Good fruit presence and a bit of malt. Assuredly past its prime, but still certainly worth a try.
77ships (7251) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl. bottle sampled @ RBWG 2012 – thx to Pallieter85 – apparently a “different from the regular Westy 6” late 90’s version that never made it to the market – fell asleep to find the remains / bottom of this bottle / probably not “correct” to drink & rate it but since this is not a beer I will be seeing any time soon – just interpret this as a more sediment heavy sample which is basically what this was – murky, hazy dark brown with not much in the way of head – sweet milk chocolate, soft beady malts, lots of yeast (obviously), muting the still present soft dark fruits, plenty of raisins, small hint of liquorish, touch cake, slight caramel, touch lemony sourness in the finish – carb is good with body going towards full, this has held up quite well, nice beer but like all westy not worth exactly worth the prices that this is going for in many places
Benzai (12588) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled @ RBBWG. Courtesy of Pallieter85. Cloudy hazy brownish color, small off-white head. Smell sweetness, alcohol, bread. Taste lightly sweet, raisin, bread, slightly sour hints. Slightly bitter finish. Still a nice mouthfeel, good body.
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had at Akkurat. Pour is slightly murky brown with ruby red edges and a light tan head. The nose has tons of sweetness, loads of raisin, caramel malt, syrupy dark berries. The taste is more balanced but also less bright. Seems a touch oxidized, raisins and caramel are most dominant, syrupy dark fruits almost artificial berry-like, flavor thins out in the finish. Full bodied, very thin finish, syrupy texture on the tongue, light carb and slightly oily.
tderoeck (7806) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
14/I/2012 33cl bottle @ RBBWG 2012 - BB: n/a - last botteling ever of the beer, not intended for sale, estimated late 90ies (2012-56) Thanks to pallieter85 for bringing the bottle!
Gusher (nooooooo!!!!), very cloudy dark red brown beer, no head. The head was on the floor, effin shizzlesticks. Aroma: raisin bread, yeast, bread, some milk chocolate. MF: good carbon, full body. Taste: milk chocolate, raisins, some rhum, caramel, bread yeast, bit cheesy, citrus and sour notes, some liquorish. Aftertaste: little citrus, mocha, bitter hoppy touch, more dried fruits goodness. Amazing how little this beer has portorized over time. Note: Finally, tasted all of the Westvleterens, great thanks to pallieter85!
thirdeye11 (5975) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(330ml bottle 1985 vintage :: Rating # 3700!) cloudy orange-brown with a tiny ring of tan bubbles, amazing given the age! Nose of raisin, very little oxidation, decadent, caramel, honey, plum, malty, complex and delicious! Taste of raisin, mild oxidation, a bit watery but rich in flavor at the same time, caramel, under-carbonated, but for a 26 year old beer this was pretty amazing. Everyone at the tasting loved this beer!
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating 1100, Bottle purchased in amsterdam, what a find. Bottle just sitting there. Worth the dish out to try this whale. this beer has held up through the aging. It had a good head and I drank my share over able 20 mins maybe even 30 and the beer was carbinated til the last sip. The body on this one had thinned a bit but it was really enjoyable to sip on. it had light brown pour. the taste had the typical westy dark fruit finish, like currants and dates. Really good beer. too bad I will more then likely never have this baby again
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle generously brought back from scotttron and ontbeermaker. i believe this is from a 1995 batch. the aroma was a little faint, maybe because of the age. still got some raisins and dates though. deep brown pour. strong flavour of raisins, dates, yeast, peaches and plums. the best part was 5-10 seconds after the sip you get hit with a strong raisiny aftertaste. really great beer.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1999 vintage bottle in terrific like new condition, reportedly from the last batch ever in 1999. courtesy of ebay, lol! poured into my lost abbey snifter. bottle was stored at a 30 degree angle for weeks, then opened and poured without straightening the bottle to make sure i got the clearest pour possible for this whale. however, there was about 1 inch of sediment in the bottle, a massive amount, and i still got several small floaties. pours a very murky opaque muddy brown with an nice light tan head that stays around due to slowly bubbling sediment chunks. the aroma has a ton of welches style grape juice, light dark pitted fruits, a slight smokey or salty profile faintly poking its head in. the taste is similar but much bolder. im surprised at the huge flavor and thick body of this beer. very chewy mouthfeel, oily, terrific carbonation, similar to 12 and 8. there is just the slightest hint of cardboard in the aftertaste of the beer, just the tiniest amount of oxidation. un noticable in the main body and only an experienced nitpicker would find it. i was very pleasently surprised with how this has held up considering some of the other accounts of severely oxidized bottles. good ebay score for sure!
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Compared to a Westy 8 (2000). Transparent red-brown, thin white head that lingers as a creamy ring. Sugary nose of raisin, dates, and alcohol, bit empty considering how dominating the sweetness is. Flavor is raison and cardboard, nutty paper in the finish. Thin, lightly hot, bit more green than the Westy 8 of similar age, which was dryer, less sweet, and a bit hotter than the 6.