ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bit sour aroma. Nice foam, that collapses into a thin layer. Taste is interesting, and unlike any other beer I’ve tasted: lots of almonds and some chocolate togehter with some fruit I cannot put words on - figs, perhaps?. However it lacks some the spicyness of many other trappists. Nice carbonation, but a bit thin in the mouth.
joergen (22202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown colour with a fine beige head. Alcoholic aroma with malts and hops.
Flavor of dried fruit, hops and malt.
An OK beer, but Westvleteren 12 is much better.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very long-lasting cream-coloured head, a very dark full body, an aroma to make you dream, and the taste is like sampling a huge variety of nuts, fruits and other mysterious substance. Really a dream, not quite up to its "12" cousin heights, though, but definitely one of my favourite choices for a strong, full-bodied beer.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 bottle from Lower East side beer sto’
whoa i poured this beer into a Chmay glass and it fizzed up like soda, weird. Brown /purple colo,r Candied fruit aroma
Medium body,lotta flavors goin on fruits like plums come to mind, rock candy?complex beer First belgian I Like
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle, brown in color, very big off-white head, great sweet taste with a hint of fruit, alcohol, and malt. very smooth. definitely one of the best beers i’ve had.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown color, heavy sweet yeasty fruity aroma, sweet fruity spicy taste, full body, light sweet alcoholic warm finish. a GREAT beer.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown in color with a nice head. Delightful heavy aroma. Tastes of sweet coffe and fruits. An excellent beer. Now I really want to try the 12!
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dull brown with some mahogany tones, with a large fizzy off-white head that lasts a decent length and leaves a thin lacing on the glass, as well as a film on top of the beer. Aroma is similar to red wine, with a definite fruity character. Taste is dry with a very subtle sweetness, with tastes primarily of fruits and spice. The dryness reminds me most of wines or champagnes... very interesting in a beer. Overall the taste is exceptionally sophisticated yet deceptively drinkable.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Blue cap dated December 12, 2002 (bottled December 1999) - nearly 5 years old when sampled<P>
This beauty pours with some thin tight bubbles sitting atop a dark chocolate brown body. The head is so tightly composed and so active, the bubbles shimmer like crystal. The aroma is yeasty and sweet, with equal parts of pineapple, tobacco, ginger and red grapes. The flavor is a pure "10", with dates dominating, some dried cherry, allspice and brown sugar also simmering in this pot o’ gold. The finish sits evenly between sweet anfd dry, with no acidity or alcohol carrying thru the end. The most drinkable beer imaginable for 8%ABV - likely aided by its age. This is a masterpiece of moderation - preferable to the "12".
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep garnet and settles to a dark-dark brown with purplish hues and a large cratered tan head. The aroma is full with raisin, plum, clove, rising bread dough, and sweet wine. Such an inviting and complex aroma really invites you into the first taste. It’s initially quite complex, and then for a sip or to nearly dissapears, then a venious full flavor with dark fruits and malts returns in full force. Plum, figs, wheaty bread all make if very level and ballanced. As it warms earthy tones and some sweet chocolate malt make appearances in this exceptional beer. I found it at Kahn’s in Indianapolis, and got the last two. One will sit for awhile and then come out on a special occasion.