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 iíve 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 (1164) - 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 oí 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. Itís 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 Kahnís in Indianapolis, and got the last two. One will sit for awhile and then come out on a special occasion.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 So, the time has come, in a matter of speaking. I couldnít resist waiting any longer, Iíve had this and 12 for about 3 mths. Iím saving the other for a while, though... Anyway, smells amazing. Better than any beer Iíve ever had the pleasure of smelling.There is wine, raisins, bread. Wine is certainly the dominant flavor while itís cold. Iím waiting to taste, allowing the temp to raise. The appearance is very very dark all the way to the edges with a nice creamy tan head. It appears as though it will persist all the way until I finish. Now, for the tasting. definitely some alcohol in the mouth, but it fades quicker. I presume that as this warms even more, the alcohol will subside. Wine tastes are present, with raisins and bold breads. Actually, quite similar to an Impy in a lot of ways. Much less thick, but still very complex. Notes of various spices come out as well as some vanilla. Very malty finish. Really nice balance with lots of character. Not my favorite beer of all time, but quite interesting nonetheless.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 This is my first Westvleteren but at my ripe young age I should come to experience each one time and time again.
Light wine stained oak. Nice color. Mostly diminishing head that left very little lacing. Nonetheless, a very good looking beer.
The aroma is wonderful. Raisins, plums, figs with many spices. Slighty bready with some apple skins glazed with graham crackers. Very complex. Essentially, it just smells like fresh granny smith apple juice.
Itís like dippin into a fresh bag of licorice. Fastastic flavor. Licorice laden plums and raisins, some chocolate notes, some spices, serious flavor. Wow. This is the most creamy, chewy and cleanest beer I have had in awhile. The flavor is magnificnet and that 11.2 ounces of beer could have beer the most savored liquid in the history of madkind.
I am beginning to realize why people rave about this monastery. This beer was eye opening. The 8% alcohol tasted like 4%.
Iím glad I tried the 8 before the 12 because I am ready for that 12.
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beerís good side, is without a doubt the aroma. The sweet smell of raisin, yeast, sweet wine and bits of tobacco. Itís a dark beer, with an off-white foam. Tast a little like alc, and is not very long lasting. But sweet and bitter with hints of malt and hops. On the other hand, a perfect mouthfeel. It is balanced between soft and sharp in the way, that i simply love.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Musky sweet doughy yeast in the nose. Viscouse mouthfeel with a lot of herbs, vanilla, and scotch. Unfortunatly flvors were hard to notice due to the alcohol. Very sweet.