PalCabral (156) - - JAN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer bought at In de Vrede café by the brewery. Pours dark mahogany with sone red tints. The beer gives a good frothy head that settles into a noce layer throughout the session. The aroma is slightly discrete, as the 12, but provides more content. Roasted notes, some dried fruit and chocolate? The taste is malty and roasted, bitterness is combining with some dried fruit to balance it. In this sense it reminds a lot of the 12, which also balances sweetness and bitterness superbly. The bitterness turns into licorice in the aftertaste. The palate is soft, not overly effevescent, medium bodied. The 8 was tasted side-by-side with a 12, and it shares so many things I think it is brewed more or less by the same recipe, but just 2% lower in alcohol. It’s a great beer, underrated next to the 12, but defintely not far from it. It is a little more bitter, a little less tastier, and doesn’t reach as far as the 12. But it is a great beer, rustic but better than the Rochefort 8 and the Westmalle Dubbel.
emartell (328) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - APR 28, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Una cerveza excelenta que me pareció toda una joya. Notas en donde destacan las maltas obscuras y frutos secos, ligeramente se perciben los sabores característicos de las levaduras belgas y al retrogusto unas notas deliciosas a caramelo y azucar.
TtV (364) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2016 Bottle 33cl. Deep dark brown with a huge fluffy off white head. Aroma of malts, wood and brown sugar. The taste is mildly bitter with sweet undertones. The taste slowly develops into a more bitter affair but changes long after every sip. Touches of grain, sugar, chocolate are all present. The carbonation is always present at the tongue.
fkoolen (809) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2016 Bottle at home, tht 21.05.2018. Cloudy chestnut brown colour, creamy beige head that leaves a nice lacing. Roasted caramel malty, dried and ripe fruits (melon), clove, nutmeg, earthy, dry, quite alcoholic tastewise. Lingering complex malty finish, lasts long. Very well balanced. Good body, lively carbonation, soft mouthfeel.
mabuzzer (463) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - APR 17, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, dark brown with a frothy tan head. Yeasty banana and alcohol aroma. Taste is sweet malt, yeast, dried fruit.
ianwelby (950) - SCOTLAND - APR 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy red-brown. Very faint malt aroma. Flavour is bitter with a hit of malt and there’s a good whack of chocolate in there too. Lively on the tongue. Not much of a backtaste. It’s nice but somehow a touch unsubstantial.
Kr1zz (307) - BELGIUM - APR 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle bought at Schaliënhuis Temse.
Pours dark brown with a medium beige head.
Taste: yeast, malts, chocolate, fruity, caramel, silky, raisins, grainy...
rarbring (2105) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall: Milk chocolate, sweet raisins.
Note: Bottle 330 ml. (Vintage 2002) Reviewed 2016-04-10.
Bierridder_S (557) - BELGIUM - APR 7, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
27/03/2016 - 33cl glass @ In de Vrede, Westvleteren.
Dark brown with a nice tanned creamy head. Nose is dark roasted malts, fruits, caramel.Taste is dark malts, grains, caramel, fruits. Silky mouthfeel. Nice
mariuspoenari (703) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle. Very dark ruby pour, hazy and witg a fine tan head that gives way to a thick lacing. Smells of dark fruit, dried fruit, caramel and yeast. Tastes bitter-sweet, with notes of cocoa, chocolate, dried fruit, cola. Soft mouthfeel, medium to high carbonation.
brewtalita (174) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 31, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown color, high pillowy head. Aroma cloves, wheat, caramel. Palate watery and carbonation medium. Alcoholic, sweet fondane, milk chocolate. Finish sweeter than I would like. Ok, but nothing exceptional.