PalCabral (124) - - 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.
biggsbowler (383) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours murky brown. Nutty, caramel, pecans, and malty nose. Taste is caramel, brown sugar, malty, and nuts. Solid!!!
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jackal1961 (4) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Een hele goede trappist met een mooie vaste schuimkraag en een mooie donkere kleur met een wat zoete/caramelachtige afdronk. Door het wat lagere alcoholpercentage drinkt deze wat makkelijker als de Westvleteren 12
artmcd8 (1787) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Belgium pours a murky reddish brown without any head. Aroma of grapes raisins dried cherries. Taste is sweet candied raisins. Medium body and a medium high carb. Good stuff but not amazing.
charule (1290) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thankful to artmcd8. Poured hazy dark brown. Aroma full of sweet raisin. Med carb med bod. Taste is quite sweet with grape raisin taste.
Torrefacto (653) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color caoba oscuro con reflejos rojizos, espuma beige densa. Aromas de frutos rojos, mermelada, melaza, azúcar moreno. Cuerpo denso y maltoso con nicio dulce de frutos confitados, azúcar moreno y una ligera acidez que dur hasta el regusto. Muy rica.
fiammanghilla (651) - Genova, ITALY - DEC 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottiglia 33cl regalo!
Color ruggine con bella schiuma.
Odor di miele.
Corpo non troppo pesante, carbonazione fine.
Amara e abbastanza beverina, a tratti balsamica
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold
tectactoe (2330) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Muddy, nearly opaque brown with a mahogany glaze; foamy, khaki head skims the top & settles as a soapy collar. Aroma of some slightly musty black cherry skins, dates, & prunes, though far on the sweeter side of the spectrum. Fruity esters, light licorice, clove, rotten banana mash, spicy Belgian yeast, & some sweet Candi sugar notes. Lightest tough of phenols. Flavor is earthy & slightly bitter up front with a good, pronounced hoppiness. Candi sugar lightens things up, adding some sweetness along with notes of raisin, prune, anise, & mildly stale toffee malts. Bready yeast, clove, fruity & spicy esters towards the finish with a lingering banana & date fruit combo. Mild alcohol, does not cross into vinous or tart grape territory as many Belgian dubbels (or strong ales) do. Nice stuff, although I prefer Bernardus Prior 8.
kapusil (646) - HUNGARY - DEC 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.33l bottle. Reddish brown body, light brown head. The aroma is weaker than what I expected. It has some cocoa, bread and yeast notes. Taste of cocoa, caramel, yeast, plums and reisins. Medium bodied, silky texture. Very nice.
DwarfeD (1155) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle at home. Dark brown with a medium slightly off-white head. Full body with low to medium carbonation. Quite some sweetness with some bitterness. Raisin, brown sugar, spices and herbs, dark ripe fruits and malts. A nice complex brew.
JorgeLee (1270) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bier Tempel. Deep brown colour, a little murky, thin foam. Medium carbonation. Quite big flavours, sweet malty, yeasty, some spice, balanced bitterness.