MrChopin (3220) - 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.
Ratman197 (9440) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Forgetfu about 1986 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of tobacco, carmel, fruitines and maple. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, tobacco, light fruitiness and light maple with a smooth lingering carmel finish. Obviously past it’s prime but held up amazingly well for such a low alcohol beer.
tkrjukoff (4019) - SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33 cl @ Akkurat. Pours hazy deep mahogany with a small tanned head leaving some lace. Fresh berry, fruity, malty and sweet aroma. Velvety fruity medium mouthfeel. Flavor is vinous, fruity, raisins, fidges, a bit acidy, malty and pleasantly hoppy bitter. Very nice balance. Medium bitter fruity palate. Finishes fruity bitter and a bit malty.
Koelschtrinker (9999) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Schokoladiger Geruch, leicht säuerlich, malzig, sehr aromatisch. Der Geschmack ist leider weniger komplex, man merkt die Älte des Bieres. Lascher Antrunk, weitgehende Aromen fehlen. Leicht würzig, im Nachgeschmack wird das Bier besser, leicht röstmalzig, herb und leicht bitter erscheint es hier.
Test vom 21.4.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 10,9,9,9,-,9 - 9,10
beerbastard (669) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ya know, I was there too. Thanks Dave! What a great day to have this and share with my friends! I can’t describe how special this was. Who ever kept this and cellared it , really did a great job! No oxidation at all. It was still well carbonated. A clean brandy sweet malt nose. Yeasty malt flavors. A mild richness with milk chocolate. Well blended. Can’t believe it!
RB1 (117) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It is indeed a rare treat when one has the opportunity to taste an aged Trappiste ale, especially one that has been retired. Such was the case recently, when I tasted my first Westvleteren 6 (red cap). The "6" was discontinued in the late ’90s (1998-99), so this particular bottle was at the very least, 12-13 years old, perhaps older. 330ml bottle courtesy of dcschiller from Alpar. Pours a brownish-ruby color, with a smallish creamy head that quickly diminishes. Aroma of dark fruit brandy, abundant malt and a hint of butterscotch. Taste is sweet, with faint chocolate and brandy. Finish is clean and smooth, with little, if any hop presence, likely due to age. This was a wonderful ale from start to finish. A relic from a bygone era, that has stood the test of time. A tribute to those who brewed it, and to those who cellared it so well.
dcschiller (2203) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(11.2 oz bottle courtesy of Alpar!) I’m still very humbled that he included this in our last trade! Many, many thanks for sending one of my major whales. Pours cloudy caramel with an off-white head (I got the bottom of the bottle). Aroma has candied sugar, caramel and some port-like notes. Taste is sweet reminiscent of tootsie roll/chocolate. Thin bodied with oily texture. The finish was quite smooth. This beer held up marvelously for its age.
capoccetta (171) - roma, ITALY - APR 5, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2011 1998.che dire la bottiglia era in ottime condizioni con i suoi profumi maltati,sapori di banana eccezionale corpo ed equilibrio. very good
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had this from the bottle into a Westy glass at Akkurat. Very excited to try this! Dated 10 22 2000, so this is a 1995 bottle.
The beer pours with light carbonation a very dead beer showing off its age. Its light clearish brown with hints of amber, almost see through. Light tan head only rises about half a finger and is gone right away, light lacing. There is at least half a centimeter of dark yeast at the bottom.. The aroma is super nice and complex, totally mellowed out over the time. Has really muted the sugar and alcohol that presents in the regular westy. Shows off tons of caramel and dark fruits, its sweet but very nice...The taste is sadly a huge let down, clearly anything 1995 or older is well past its prime. The taste is really muted only shows off a little dark fruit then from there all chalk and alcohol. Its really really bad...The feel actually is pretty good, but could hardly finish a bottle that was split.
This is one of those white whales that is all about the chase. Its past its prime and not worth getting now. Wish I could have had one in its day and give it the proper review it probably deserves.
bvc (1146) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml capped 1998 bottle, thanks Tom! Pours very lightly hazed toffee brown with small yet uniform tight white head. Earthy, musty, biscuity bread, candi sugar, red apple, wool, faint banana. Earthy, light apple and banana, dry wool, cracked wheat bread...amazing stuff for the age. Thanks for sharing this Tom.