ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not nearly as strong an aroma as the 12. Dark, orange red in color. Clear, not murky like the 12. Not as in your face rich as the 12, but very similar. More carbonated. Great beer. I love it.
Sammy (8910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
bergundy in some light. Vanilla, fruit, yeast and malts. Mouthwarming sizzling carbonation with light-medium texture. Spice and dried fruit, bannana with raisin, carmel . Bit acidic. Great by itself and as appetizer, but beware that the alcohol is there. Thanks IPFreely.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2006 Re-Rate. Bottle, Oud Arsenaal, Antwerpen. Fluffy, creamy ecru head at 5/8", continually regenerated by tiny rivulets of bubbles up the side of the glass. Lacing is uniform with different sized small bubbles, crumbling down to leave an arch of residue and an archipelago of foam beneath. Smells like baking bread, banana cream, and some faint strawberry cream. Sweet with noticable warming alcohol in the chest. Soft carbonation makes a soft foam for a nice mouthfeel. Some pepper and spice on the alcoholic dry finish. This is the exact opposite of the Rochefort beers: the mouthfeel is amazing, one of the creamiest, smoothest beers Iíve ever had (just like Westy 12). Flavors are subtle; this is much more about feel and balance. Very enjoyable, very unique. 7/5/7/5/16
Original Rating. Bottle into tulip glass. Unfortunately for the 8, I had it right after the 12. It couldnít live up to the butressed expectations I had erected for it. Nevertheless, I donít think it would have fulfilled them even if I were tasting this after Anchor Small Beer. The aroma was faint, but what I could pick up was hoppy and a bit green. Frothy head, big, with good lacing and a brown amber color in the glass. This was bitter from the start, I would say tart, and it knifed into the top of my tounge. No sweetness. The carbonation and wateriness were nice and refreshing for a beer this dark, and not what I was expecting. There were spicy tones on the finish, and I got some noticable burning from the alcohol. For what this costs per bottle, and for how highly itís rated, I would say itís a disappointment. 6/5/7/4/14 = 3.6
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Here it is, my 100th rating on RateBeer and what better way than to do it with a Trappist Beer! Bottle tasted from case bought on 1/1/02. Reddish brown in color with an off white head. Lots of particles. Aromas of dark fruits (plums & raisins), spices, dough, caramel and slight yeast. Mmmm, nice smelling. Tastes are just as complex, if not better, than the smells. Great tasting beer. Alcohol content hidden. Lively carbonation. This is a very good beer - one of my favorites (Iím glad I still have 12 in the cellar).
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear deep garnet with a small off white head. Slight yeast aroma, nothing else very discernable. Very mild malty essence, alcohol is non-evident. Very smooth, not as complex as Iíd like or expect. Kinda disappointing.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color. Big thick creamy light brown head.
Aroma is fantastic. Plums, candi sugar, brown sugar, dough, and some spice. Yeast, raisins, dough, all blended perfectly. It keeps on changing as the glass empties. What a complex ale. Superb
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Complex malty aroma. Vinous, chocolate notes. Maybe some smoked malts in there as well. Smokiness, maltiness, bittersweet, and smooth. Great aroma. This is quality, but I do not think of it as highly as my predecessors. Has a slightly cloudy amber/mahogany with a light tan head for appearance.
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark red brown color with a huge, thick and lasting tan head. Aroma of dates, malt and sweetness. Flavor is sweet, nutty, dark fruits and a little bitter. Finish is dry and a little astringent.
Boutip (4852) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Poured a dark brown beer with a huge head with excellent retention. Aroma is quite sweet with some great mix of spice and malts. Taste is sweet with what seems like a mix between candi sugar and plum with some added roastiness. Great carbonation and alcohol is very subtle. Overall, this is way better Westmalle Dubbel and probably one of the Belgian Ale I appreciated the most.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice. You just donít want it to end because as it warms, every sip is different and interesting. It is a pretty beer with its dark amber/brown color and off white foamy head. I gave it a 4 appearance because I would have liked to have seen more lacing...but not too important. It is a complex beer that starts sweet (but not too sweet. Many flavors develop from the begining to the end of tasting. The hops are hidden throughout the first taste and just when you thing youíre finished with it, it is not finished with you! The hops make their appearance just when you swallow the beer. There is no sour aftertaste, it is actually a very refreshing aftertaste. Wow, it is a complex, unusal and highly recommended beer, if you can get a hold of it.