Amaj80HC (13) - 9, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 This beer smells, looks and tastes like the "best beer" in the world. But this should not come as a surprise when you know that this is the same brewer that produced, under license, the "West Vleteren" beers from the end of WW2 to 1992. The production of this beer is still based on the same knowhow and ingredients. When someone tells us there are differences with the "Westvleteren" then he is however wright as there will allways be small differences between different batches. Those differences exists between different batches of the "Westvleteren 12°" too. There are however 3 great dissimilarities: availability, hype and price.
PS. just recently the monks made it even harder to get the "Westvleteren" ... Not only we had to reserve by phone for a limit of 3 crates since september 2006, but since november 2006 we also are limited to 1 voyage a month to the abbaye. LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2006
330 ml bottle. Hazy dark brown color with full foam brown head. Aroma and taste of malt with very slight bitter after taste. spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Belgian yeast,nuts and fruit stand out in the aroma.Pours a brownish red with a large off white head.Flavors of sweet malts,fruits and nuts.Full mouthfeel with a sweet finish. frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Pours a coppery brown color with a large, soapy head. Aroma is pretty busy, with some yeast, mint, spiced malt, and an almost perfumey sweetness (the hops?). The flavor is mild, but also very busy. It’s mostly sweet, with almost tart fruits, but balanced enough and mild enough to not be overpowering. The beer is deliciously fizzy in the mouth, and goes down like silk. Sips finish drier, and a mildly bitter aftertaste fades quickly. A fine beer, but the Rochefort tasted like circus peanuts. I like circus peanuts better. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Tap. Oh My God, what a fine beer.
Pours brown to copper with a nice light brown head that is very smooth.
Aromas are very complex, strawberries, toffee and malts. The flavors are also very delicate, yeasty, with a lot of fruit and maltiness.
One of the best beers all around.
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Aroma of raisins, caramel, sweet malt, and yeast. Pour is redish brown. Great complex flavor of dark fruit, raisins, toffee, caramel, belgium yeast, spice, bread, and nutmeg. Damn good beer. peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Pours a brown coloured beer with an ever so big head, and perfect lacing. The aroma is complex with hints of fuitiness, and slight tartness. Full bodied, and extremely well balanced. The flavour is ever so complex going from a sweet and slight sour combination in the beginning up to warm, doughy raisins, and at last some alcohol in the finish. This is a fantastic belgian brew.
OleR (4849) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2006
Bottle 330 ml (bb 12 07 11). Long lasting light-brown dense head over a slightly hazed dark ruby body. Good lacing. Strong yeast aroma up front, followed by a delicious fruitiness; green apples, raisins, plums and ripe banana. Taste is sweet, not saccarine sweet, but fruity, malty and mellow, with a nice fresh and acidic sting. Warming alcohol. Full body. Lingering, spicy, bitter finish.This is very close to top end. nijuro (63) - USA - NOV 26, 2006
delicious. perfectly balanced with dried fruits, slight effervescience and just the right amount of sweetness. AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 This beer was delicious. Strong Aroma and heavy sediment is visable in the dark, thick pour. The flavor goes through a variety of changes as it is sipped, swirled and swallowed. A very pleasing beer to drink.