Osprey87 (915) - London via, - MAR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
March 2013 - room temp bottle BBE 08/15. Small head that endures. Makes a crackling sound like Rice Crispies. Dark brown with a little redness when held to light. Mild carbonation. Smells yeasty. Mid to full body, and foamy in mouth. Taste is very mild, malty and slightly sweet, almost imperceptible sourness, a little sharpness towards the end and hardly anything in the aftertaste. I agree with other people’s perceptions of raisin and cardboard. Not a great deal of complexity. Nice enough. Not as special as it’s generally made out to be.
rxeight (791) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bob, thanks for the incredible trade. Dark brown / plum color. Aroma of sweet dark fruits and bananna. Almost like a dark fruit smoothie. Taste is belgian yeast banana and dark fruit. Very smooth and drinkable. Not my favorite style but definately good for the style. I think i like it better than the 12.
rxndygordon (21) - Panama, PANAMA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cerveza trapista oscura. Color oscuro y sabor presento al final. Tremenda cerveza. Cheers
Jesterdeal (1467) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle split with the family. Aroma is dates, nuts, and mince pie. Pours hazy brown with great carbonation and a big fast head. Taste is dates, banana peel, pistachios, and vodka (without the booze). Wonderfully complex and not overbearing on the clovey Belgian yeast. Super easy to take down and remarkably delicious. This was not over-hyped.
Xenomorph (20) - - NOV 23, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Presque pas de mousse, nez alcoolisé et soupçon de vanille. Entrée de bouche agréable et douce. Ronde et bonne persistance en bouche. Très agréable, très bien équilibré et très bonne. Une valeur sûre.
liinis (1429) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown colour, murky. Beige big head. Had lumps of yeast (and?) at the bottom of the bottle. Strong rich flavour of a monastery beer multiplied by ten. Enjoyable.
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Beertobealive (35) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle with date 16/5/15. Oppressive aroma of candy and sheep leather like an old pauillac. Easier to drink than the 12 with still a perfect balance. This batch is indeed better than the 2 Westvleteren 12 opened in the same tasting.
Migmar (166) - Kouvola, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, big white head. Raisins, plums, caramel, syrup, some liquorice. Medium sweetness, light bitterness towards the end. Very complex and balanced, alcohol doesn’t hit quite as strongly as with the WV12, therefore is perhaps even better. Could well be the best among the Trappist beers.
JefVerstraete (668) - BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, beige head. Medium carbonation. Aroma of caramel and dark chocolate. Sweet with bitter finish. Well made beer but nothing exceptional.
hobsch (229) - Cologne, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at de vrede. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is moderate sweet, dried fruit. Taste is low bitterness, medium sweetness, alcohol spiceness, dried fruit, hint of molases. A full bodied beer which is highly drinkable. Perfect.
Blade86 (359) - Wrocław, POLAND - NOV 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown, hazy, moderate to small off-white foam; quite complex aroma, black fruits, chocolate, wood; medium sweet, medium(-) bitter; full body, smooth, creamy feel, average carbonation, long bittersweet finish;
Overall: very delicate and smooth yet very complex in aroma and mouthfeel; great beer