beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
33cl btl. from whole foods in seattle. i told the guy in the beer dept. that i was looking for westy 12 or 8. they didnít have any on the shelves, but he went and checked the back and returned with a dusty, $8 bottle of westvletern 8. yay! Iíve had the 12 before, in brugge, and i can say that the 8 is VERY close to being as amazing. this beer smells dusty and fruity, plums and alcohol prevail as they do in most belgian strong ales, and there is also a sweet maltiness and sharpness about this beer, but what is amazing about this beer is the mouthfeel. it is relatively smooth, with myriadd tiny, tasty bubbles that make for a fantastic drinking experience. the appearance is formidalbe as well, this brew is dark, with a good deal of yeast chunks. i tried to avoid them in my poor with some success. the head is minimal, tan, and diminishes quickly, leaving a spotty white surface, with carbonation bubbling up in concentrated points. westy 8 has an aftertaste of ripe fruit, plums, prunes, a fair amount of lemonseed bitterness, and is nicely balanced with warming alcohol. this is a fabulous beer and just thinking about itís limited production at a litttle monestary far away in belgium makes it all the better. a special and rare beer that i hope you all will get to experience someday! cheers!
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 This is the best beer iíve had! (maybe 12 is better, donít know). Bought a few bottle at the local beerbar for an insane price, but itís worth every euro. Looks very nice with a big biege head. the beer itself is almost black. taste: plums raisins hopbitter tutti frutti and many more!! finish: lingering bitter and a little sweetness. mouthfeel is full, almost no alcohol present. lots of CO2. Maybe aged bottles are less sharp, weíll see in a few years. overall very nice!
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with reddish notes. Creamy beige head. Aroma has yeast, alcohol and spices. Taste is rich with notes of yeast, dried fruits, spices and a dry bitter lasting aftertaste.
bb (7335) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brownish beer with a huge beige head. Fruity (date, plum) aroma with a rich malt backing and some spice. Malty flavor with spice, yeast, and fruit. Medium body and dry finish. Rich, but missing some depthy. Did a side-by-side comparison with the Rochefort 8 and Iíd go for the Rochefort over this anytime.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 10, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish mahogany hue, thick creamy haed formation. Subtle palate, most notably toffee and vanilla with a mild sourness that smells like an old cricket ball (rain soaked leather to those who never played). Malty/yeasty, fruity palate, with unripened plum and orange, mild coffee and chocolate, fairly sharp/astringent in the finish. Intense range of flavors and surprisingly soft and subtle overall. Thanks to rauchbier for this one.
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 Re-rate - 330 ml bottle
Pours somewhat cloudly dark reddish brown with a tan fully lasting head.
Aroma is very malty with pleasant yeasty overtones, little spicy.
Initial taste is balanced between bitter and malty sweetness.
Aftertaste is dry with clean finish, nothing weird left on the tongue.
Palate is oily to creamy. Carbonation is concealed along with the alcohol.
This is a far cry better than my first bottle, it was fizzy and the alcohol took over. I couldnít understand the big deal on the first bad bottle, glad this one changed my mind. Hope future samples are just as good.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin head, dark rusty looking body, very murky and cloudy. Malty, earthy aroma, very rich. Taste is quite refined- dark plums, molassis and brown sugar. Just a touch of sourness on the back of the tongue. Finish is nice and spicy, long. Alcohol also creeps in late with some bitterness.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown body with a dense light brown head. Malty and sweet aroma with dark fruit and a touch of bitterness. Malty flavor with hints of yeast, dark fruit and alcohol. Fairly bitter finish.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A perfect beer for the long Sunday afternoon. Fruity sweet aroma . Flavor reminds me almost of cane sugar and raisins. Made the rain outside go away. Great stuff and Iím looking for more.
Gachupines (1061) - USA - MAR 25, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one fine looking beer. Nice dark brownish with a tinge of ruby appearance with an excellent lingering head. Aroma is nice, and taste is rather complex. Iíd like to try more of this to really understand it. Didnít knock me off my seat at first taste, but about halfway through the I noticed some of the subtle complexity. Wish I knew how old the bottle is though, there arenít many markings on it.