illidurit (1952) - Sonora, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Blue cap stamped "26 08 05." Obtained via trade with Peabody, my new favorite person on earth.
Modest pour into my Westvleteren goblet (god it feels good to pour a beer into its specific glass) results in a 1.5 finger vanilla head that peaks a millimeter above the rim of the glass. The beer itself is dark brown and quite murky due to some yeast that snuck into the pour.
I get fig, raisin, sour cherry, chocolate, cocoa, yeast, dough, candi sugar, and probably a lot more on the nose.
Taste is unbelievable. Every flavor flows into the next with ease and seamlessness. A perfect level of doughy malt flavor sets a foundation upon which cocoa, rum, fig, and cinnamon frolic. I don’t see how any other beer could possibly have so many flavors blended with such subtlety and balance.
I would give mouthfeel a 5.5 if I could. Smooth as the finest silk. The carbonation is absolutely quintessential, end of story.
I want to drink a barrel of this beer. Overrated? No.
rxeight (789) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Beertobealive (32) - 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 (228) - 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