fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark copper in color, with a nice, off-white head. Aroma off sugar, alcohol, dried fruits, spices and berries. Sugar, alcohol, berries, prunes, raisins, spices and chocolate notes in flavor. Full body and a bitter finish good and complex.
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cL bottle. Pours with a huge white head and a nice dark brown colour. Aroma is sweet, notes of alcohol but dominated by dark notes like roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste has it all in a fantastic blend. Starts caramel sweet and the notes start ti kick in. Flavour of the classic belgian yeast is added to the complex flavor. Finish is soft and lingering.
Ungstrup (29019) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark orange cloudy beer with a beutiful head. It has a fresh fruit aroma and tastest slightly acidic and sweet with notes of fruits. Definatly a great beer - but in my world not one of the best two beers - though still high on my list.
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 33 cl) Typical trappist: dark, full-bodied with loads of sediment. Lots of malt, lots of spices and a solid dose of hops in the finish. All the good stuff is here. 110194
joergen (20486) - 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.
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. Hazy, dark brown colour with huge beige foamy head, lacing. Just lovely aroma of caramel and chocolate with a sting of alcohol. Also herbs and fruit noteable in the soft, but strong aroma. Palate is about excellent (it can’t get much better than this, full, but smooth, still carbonated). Flavour is of alcohol, plum, chocolate in the beginning, then smoothening up to kind of caramellish, fruity and some roast too. Finish is roasted, as is the aftertaste. Aftertaste also has some plummy and fruity hints. Kind of toffeeish all the wat through. Very pleasant, and in fact even better than Westy 12 in my opinion... Totally kickass.
omhper (19187) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled the 1994 version in 2002: Burgundy coloured. Coffee, berries and dark chocolate in the nose. Malty, complex and mature with toffee flavours. Rich sweet finish. Wonderful!
anders37 (16245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ In de Vrede, Westvleteren. Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty slightly yeasty dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty dark fruit, raisins, plums, figs flavor with some hints of caramel and some yeasty hints. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit finish with a slightly bitter hints in the aftertaste.
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2013
2013-03-08, vintage 2001, 12 years old, 7-4-8-3-16=38
bb 03.04.04, purchased at the abbey in 2001
The bottle is slowly gushing; it pours a cloudy brown color with big lumps; small and persistent creamy head. Nice aroma of caramel, with a hint of oxidization. It has a good flavor of malt and caramel with a touch of honey; light residual sweetness; the bitterness level is low; the oxidization is minimal.
Although lacking a bit in the bitterness, it’s still a quintessential Belgian ale, with a good harmony.
2011-01-28, vintage 2001, 10 years old, 7-4-8-4-16=39
The color is dark chestnut, almost black; it has a thin creamy cap. The aroma is mild, with malt, caramel and light signs of oxidisation; later, some honey too. In the beginning it reminds me of a Chimay Blue, but luckily the fears have no foundation, it has instead a good body, still some respectable sweetness, caramel and malt flavor, with clear notes of chestnut honey; maybe a tad too much of sweet liquorice in the end; the signs of age are very well hidden; the alcohol warmth is a pleasant complement, and the bitterness is very low. Excellent..
2010-04-15, vintage 2001, 9 years old 7-4-7-3-14=35
Gushing bottle, it pours a dark brown color with big fizzy and frothy head, that reduces to a small layer, persistent. Caramel and chocolate aroma, chestnut honey; partially oxidized. Medium bodied (thinner than other Belgian Ales with similar strength), caramel, dark caramel and chocolate flavor, with a slice of oxidation, some roasted malts and nuts in the end, and light liquorice too. The bitterness from the hop is gone, there is just some from the roasted malts; the final is a mix of caramel and liquorice. Beyond its prime, it’s just an exercise for passionates. Suboptimal.
2002-05-14, vintage 2001, 1 year old, 7-5-9-5-18=44
Ruby amber ale, thick head. Nice malt and hop aroma.Smooth, well balanced; strong malt taste, caramel, hop, candi sugar.
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
8th April 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! The very nice people at Beers Of Europe gave me this complimentary when I purchased a shed load of beer at the store - Cheers Guys! Caramel, toffee, HP sauce! Balanced flavours - very nice!