dnstone (2251) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet aroma; candy sugar, spices and dry fruit (cherry?). Deep amber-brown with nice off white head; a thin layer remains long after the pour, nice lacing. Moderately sweet and moderately roasty. The roasted flavors pursist as the tastes transitions from sweet to lightly earthy-hoppy. A nice bit of green apple approaching the finish. Overall very smooth palate. A pleasant beer, well described as a toned down version of the 12.
Notes: Tasted 24 Jan 10, bottle purched at In de Vrede
norbertvangeyt (2) - Erpe-Mere, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Prachtig lekker biertje. Met complexe smaak palet . komt tot zijn recht dat u er tijd voor neemt om er meerdere te drinken.
WonBall (13) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
An outstanding beer, IMHO the best in the world. We sampled at the Abbey’s restaurant in June 2014, at a bar in Brugges the next night, at home that fall; 2 more cases from the Abbey in January 2015 sampled in Brussels and home in the States. Warm, attractive nose with caramel, chocolate, fudge, malt,herbs. Perfect head. All this in the taste with some nuttiness. A very smooth presentation, goes down too smoothly. Lasts and lasts. I have used this as a course in a dinner and no one complained. We did have one bottle obtained not from the Abbey which was spoiled, beware, get it directly. If you are anywhere between Paris and Amsterdam it’s an easy drive, you just have to be persistent with your redial in ordering.
MatthijsE (897) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is a strong raisin, wood, fruit. Medium mouthfeel with strong raisin, bready malt. Very impressive.
Gramoit (374) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not as good as the 12 but still an incredible beer. Very warming, best to be had during winter (not a 30 degree day in Sydney). Worth every penny!
jbrana (510) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprisingly thin body, but with a ton of flavor. Rather dry, with notes of caramel, slight grape, bubblegum, and slight bready yeast flavors.
Sarlacc83 (1014) - Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle given to me by Mathieu. Thanks!
A: Cloudy mahogany color with a thin creme colored head. Lacing.
N: Prune, clove, toffee, dense bread, raisin, leather, some tobacco, cola, hint of banana.
T: Big sweetness. A little bitterness.
M: Medium body, tingling carbonation, alcohol is restrained.
O: Very good 8. Has a lot in common with XI though it’s not quite as much of a meal in a glass.
Homer321 (2211) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to snifter. Pour is dark brown with a small off white head. Nose is full of raisins and a touch of oxidation (again, my fault for hanging onto this beer). Taste is fruity with mostly raisin flavors. Remarkably simple and lacking in complexity that I was expecting. Slight alcohol warming in the finish. Dry, almost thin, moderate carbonation. Overall, good, but doesn’t blow me away. I’ve had better dubbels.
Cerbier (310) - - DEC 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,33l Flasche. Dunkles Bier mit schöner, cremiger Schaumkrone. Riecht malzig. Wahnsinnig gut abgestimmtes Bier! Lecker!
mutz (662) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ in de vrede, westvleteren. Donkerbruine kleur, mooie fijne kraag. Ruikt en smaakt zoetig, zachte caramel, beetje likeur. Goed, subtiel.
jcartamdg (2135) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a thick off white head. Aroma Is dark fruits, raisins, dates, caramel and brown sugar. Taste is dark fruits, Belgian yeast, belgian candy sugar, raisins and dates with a touch of molasses. Very tasty, like a dessert and a meal in one beer.