Beese (9984) - Tooting, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2020
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2020 330ml bottle at Cafe Gollem, Amsterdam on 13/12/2009. Big aroma of dark fruit, dates, cocoa nibs, prunes and brown sugar. Flavour is extremely well balanced, and those sweeter inclined notes don’t overwhelm whatsoever. There’s chewy grain and yeasty esters for days. Not quite up to the XII, but not too far off. RGBanana (12) - Geel, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2020
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2020 Taste is medium bitter, dark fruits, roasted chocolate. It’s not as complex as the 12 (which I prefer more) and definitely not as sweet but just like all the Westvleteren beers, it’s well balanced and comes with a great taste. Beautiful. DrNosha (5359) - Württemberg, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2020
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2020 0,33l Flasche. Dunkelbraun und trüb, moussierender hoher Schaum. Trockenobst und Gewürze in der Nase. Ein Hauch Alkohol. Wenig Kohlensäure. Malz und getrocknete Apfelringe im Antrunk. Trocken. Etwas Rum und angebrannter Karamell. Gut, aber nicht herausragend. djoeye (9330) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2020
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2020martino615 (39) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 3, 2020
Aroma; roasted malts, mahogany caramel, dark fudge, raisin, prune, cacao, rich malts. Look; big fawn head, near clear mahogany body. Taste; roasted malts, dark caramel, mahogany fudge, raisin, prune, chocolate, mocca, nut oil, honey, brown syrup, and leading to a balanced and nice finish. Feel; good body n soft co². Overall; quality over quantity. [čištění starého nepořádku, lahev, [email protected]
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2020 Pours dark brown with a lot of thick, bubbly foam which stays for a nice while. The smell is amazing, with raisins and caramel and burnt sugar candy. Taste is multi-layered, with some molasses, walnut, dried plum, maybe even slight coffee flavour. The complexity develops with every sip. Fantastic beer.
BarrelMonger107 (195) - GREECE - MAY 20, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2020 I never believe to get these beers from 'Westvleteren' 'Monastery' but here i'm to make one review. It's like i meet 'James Hetfield' and he stay with me for some interview or something. Like that i feel with these rare and very expensive legendary beers.
Anyway 'Belgian Ale - Strong Dark' perhaps is my favorite beer style and i was so exciting to try this one because on paper perhaps is the best on the style. I don't know if its really the best but for sure the beer is broken. Is really very special and very unique.
First of all the beer is one of the most alive beers i have tried. The aroma blow your nose instantly. Is like you get all the belgium beers you have tried in your life together in one beer. Secondtly the mouthfeel is decent and the carboration is perfect in your mouth. The beer is sweet with a lot of chocolate and caramel notes and also gives you one strong awesome bitterness in the finish. Oh yes. The finish is the best part here. Is so long and so satisfied it.
Overall one of the most awesome, alive and balance beers i have tried in my life. Also remind me very hard my favorite beer of all time 'Rochefort 8'. These two beers is very similar but also and very unique. This one is very expensive and very rare but you must get one in your life. I wish to get these beers from this 'Monastery' more easier and with ok price but we can't have anything and sometimes we must try harder to get what we need! Samtzu (1193) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2020 Bottle pour. Pours a deep brown with soft off white head which disappears quickly. Rich nose with something which reminds me of cherry. Some toffee tucked away too. Medium body with the same rich ripe fruit flavours and subtle toffee notes playing through. Has high sweetness and a hint of alcohol at the end. Interesting, but almost sickly sweet. jjsint (5322) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2020
UPDATED: APR 12, 2020 Bottle from Chez Sophie, drunk at home. Mahogany/brown, translucent with a small uneven film of off-white head. Gorgeous aroma of oak, chocolate, sarsaparilla, vanilla, forest fruit. Taste is slightly sweet and oaky, but there is an uncompromising hop bitterness behind it. Long dry finish with notes of sarsaparilla in the aftertaste. Heavy carbonation. Exceptional, although it's the least striking of the Westy beers it's still head and shoulders above almost anything I've had lately. ricardostercios (939) - Castelló de la Plana, SPAIN - APR 8, 2020
UPDATED: APR 8, 2020 Color marrón granate oscuro, casi opaca. Espuma marfil de más de dos dedos de espesor y retención media, desciende de forma irregular. Aroma medio intenso, maltas caramelizadas, ciruelas y uvas pasas, miel, melaza, pan, ligera levadura y notas herbales, leve licor al atemperar. Sabor en esa línea aunque algo más 'oscuro', azúcar moreno, madera, levemente especiado, final medio, maltoso, dulce y especiado, alcohol bien integrado. Textura acuosa. Carbonatación media baja.
Buena, muy buena, un gran abanico de sensaciones bien armonizadas, aunque para disfrutarla hay que esperar un rato tras servirla, al principio el gas opaca los matices que la enriquecen. BBHansen (1974) - Køge, DENMARK - APR 1, 2020
UPDATED: APR 1, 2020 Bottle @ DØE Køge. Appearance: pours clear brown with good off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: barley, bread, brown sugar, dried fruit, raisins, plums, earthy, light anise, molasses, light honey, light alcohol, light chocolate, milk chocolate, light oak, light oranges, grass and spicy notes. palette: strong malty and yeasty aroma, average to light sparkling carbonation, medium to full body, medium to notable sweetness, balanced by a medium bitterness, average to long duration and a watery texture. Overall: excellent well balanced Belgian