Alengrin (3019) - BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The ’green cap’ in the holy Westvleteren Trinity, replacing the old ’red cap’ dubbel since 1998. Hazy peach blonde beer with a thick, rocky, yellowish white, very stable head, clearly hops-enhanced; yeasty and dryishly malty aroma, grassy and leafy hops, orange peel, white pepper, bitter honey, peach, dough, hint of banana but also a faint presence of cooked cabbage; fruity onset, in a dryish way, pale malt sweetness, a bit grainy, sourish and spicy yeasty hints, smooth, evolving into a leafy and grassy hop bitter and yeasty finish. Used to be one of the top Belgian blond ales, with a crisp, ’green’, utterly refreshing and quenching hoppiness, but more recent tastings I did appeared less hoppy and more balanced towards the malts. Still a very genuine and ’honest’ beer though, of course on a totally different level compared with its dark brethren, but very enjoyable. Does not age well though: the fresher you can taste this, the better, with a young sample from tap at De Vrede at the top end of the scale.
Homer321 (2550) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bytemesis (I think). Nose is honey with a pils malt crackery aroma, light peppery hops noted. Pour is fairly clear with a small white head that leaves layer of film on top of the beer. Taste is mostly honey with a faint pils malt flavor, low bitterness. Slightly watery and a touch of oxidation (my fault for not drinking this immediately). Overall, pretty solid, but nothing mind blowing.
mutz (692) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ in de Vrede, Westvleteren. Blond van kleur, mooie crêmige kraag. Ruikt niet heel sterk, mout, hoppig, gist. Idem smaak, subtiel met redelijk wat body. Onopvallend goed.
mschaefer (26) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tht okt 2015 op 6°C. Zeer subtiele aroma's van gist/deeg en kruiden. Lichtgeel, lichttroebel met wit schuim dat zakt tot een halve centimeter. Smaken van tarwe, gist en iets fruitigs op de achtergrond. Olieachtig mondgevoel, koolzuur medium. Licht bittere medium lange afdronk. Perfect uitgebalanceerd licht bier.
Beersiveknown (3746) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home courtesy of hackobock, cheers Jacob
Hazy blonde with pillowy foamy white head. Dusty hessian and grainy nose. Lively carbonation, full bodied, malt and fruity yeast esters. Very easy drinking, wheaty creaminess, spice delicious.
SarkyNorthener (2801) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Christmas beer 7. My second westy from harrisoni, saved for today after meeting in brum. Cheers Ian. Golden beer with medium head and stratified lacing. There is a big chunnel of bubbles coming from the middle of the glass. Aroma is bready, lemon, citrus and yeast. Taste is bread, yeast, lemon and a little dry breadiness. Medium carbonstion, soft on the mouth. Excellent.
VastActiv (3735) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0.33l at home, Nivala. 2014 vintage. Colour is very cloudy golden with small thick white head. Aromas and flavors: Sweetness, some honey, fruits, citrus, hints of spices, Belgian yeast and malts. Nice fruity Belgian ale.
sinte (397) - Udine, ITALY - DEC 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden body with an average, creamy, white head, fully lasting with very nice lacing; some lees are evident.
Complex aroma: moderate malty (cereals) and hoppy (citrus, flowers) and light yeasty (cardboard) with notes of spices (cloves) and fruits.
Flavour is mainly acidic and sweet with some bitterness in the finish.
Light-to-medium body with watery-to-oily texture; average carbonation; some astringency in the finish.
jackal1961 (4) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Na de westvleteren 8 en 12 een wat gewoon biertje wat bijna smaakt als een gewone pils al heeft deze uiteraard wel wat meer bite.
Karyots (23) - BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy,murky yellow with a thin head. Very floral, hoppy aroma. Taste was slightly sweet with a very bitter finish - but very hoppy throughout. This is one fine beer - packs in a lot of hoppy flavor. To me it looked like a clone of Duvel. Reminded me so much of Duvel. Like Duvel - this is highly drinkable and likeable and can grow on you.