Gradie (4) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from the monastery, 9 months old. Deepish brown to ruby with a moderate body and a medium, long lasting tan head. Aroma a big surprise, full of dried and dark fruits and fig strongly prominent, more so than I’ve noticed before (due perhaps to its slight age, or the warmer temperatures).
Taste is medium to heavy sweet, with medium bitterness and a light sourness helping to balance things out. Warming alcohol lets you know it’s strong but without overpowering, and the initial yeastiness drops away to leave a dark fruity aftertaste and enough bitterness to prevent any cloying stickiness. Palate is creamy with a very long finish.
This is one to enjoy slowly, with a good break after before getting another beer. Wasted in a session, this is a perfect bottle for those nights where you’re having ’just the one’. Absolute delight, and if you’re UK based it’s well worth the effort of getting hold of a case or two.
kevd193213 (946) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark cloudy brownish pour with a medium light brown tan head. Aroma of caramel, almonds, faint chocolate, dark fruit and yeast. Medium to full body with a nice even slightly warming alcohol finish.
BillKismet (3605) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toasted brown body topped by a creamy, poofy brownish khaki head.The nose is of medium to dark fruits with fig touches discernably emerging upon aeration. Toasty and caramel body with some tannins as well as worty, darker amber malt, caramunich, and Special B notes. Needs time to age, attenuate, and dry out.
ctipping (539) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Murky reddish brown. Big off white head. Thick collar. Pecan nuttiness when it’s cold. Much fruitier as it warms. Yeasty. Kinda phenolic. Flavor is equally yeasty up front. Nutty as the yeast dies down. Some brown caramel malt. Light chocolate. Finish is clove spiciness. Aggressive hop flavor through, kinda grassy and bitter. High carbonation. Medium body. Not a style I love, but it’s really well made.
BRW (1670) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with off white head. MAlt, caramel, dark fruits and yeast aroma. Sweet, malt, caramel, dark fruits, raisins, yeast taste. Medium to full body.
Jyrsa (278) - - JUN 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle BBE 1/2018 @ stadin panimobaari. Pours hazy weak coffee brown with small bone white. Nose is yeast. Licorice, herbs, bread, chocolate and some yeast. Strong body with a smooth and frizzly mouth feel.
sccp1910 (106) - BRAZIL - JUN 26, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma agradável, aparência escura, encorpada. Bem frutada e nem se percebe os 8% de álcool. Sensacional!
MarkoNm (1898) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JUN 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy darker brown color, topped with a beige colored head, average size and slowly settling. Malty aroma, herbal with notes of dark fruits and some chocolate. Taste is a bit complex - some earthy yeasty notes, initial sweetness and slight soury feel to it. Mild bitterness and quite yeasty in the finish, with some herbs present here as well. My first experience with Westvleteren beers - not bad, though not something I’d enjoy on a regular basis.
abemorsten (3378) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delt 0,33 l flaske. Dyp mahognifarget kropp med et lavt lysebrunt skumdekke. Deilig maltrik kompleks nese og munn med masse tørket frukt og kandis-preg. God fylde.Nammenam.
WingmanWillis (41) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Scopey’s Croydon pad. Dusty bottle from Fergus’ cellar. Pours a murky brown with a thin head. Smells of dried fruit and orange peel. Nice Christmas cake notes in taste. A good tasty beer