Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2002
Re-Rate 10/09/02: Deep brown color on the pour the head is prodigious, the lace husky, beige and long lasting. Nose is sumptuous, nutty sweet, bubble gummy, rasin like, a most ’Sniffable’ beer. Front is ambrosial, the top is light, the finish is congenially dry, magisterially hopped, notably acidic. A treasure not to be missed if your into ’Belgian Ales’, and one of only a few to get a ’Perfect 5’ from this ’Olde Gusler’. Ranks or I should say is tied for #1 on my current 1000 beer master list with Westvleteren Abt 12, and Abbaye des Rocs.
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2001
Incredible. The abbot surely has it made!! goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2003
Pours a dark brown, with some ruby tinges in it. Head is large, big-bubbled tan, slowly diminishes to some decent lacing. Body has lots of carbonation, and lots of yeasty bits swirling around in it. Aroma is huge, yeasty, vinous, fruity, grapes, raisin, some doughiness, and hints of honey. Flavor is equally huge and complex, lots of fruitiness and sweetness, and changes over time as the brew comes up to room temp. Very full bodied, massively complex flavors and aromas. Very similar to the Westy 12, but seemed to have more lively and lasting carbonation. lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 9, 2003
wow, look at that head, its gotta be ¾" thick,and creamy white, the color is a cloudy chocolate/ruby color,
it is raisin and rootbeer scented, just simply delicious, rich creamy toffee/raisin/clove flavored with some bananas lingering, a little yeast flavor comes through, but is well balanced, this beer is very rich, the best beer in the universe, westy 12 needs to get on its knees to this mad man! roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
UPDATED: APR 8, 2004 Rerated: Beer pours from 25.4 oz bottle (into Chimay glass) a dark brown-red, clear liquid with a medium amount of slightly off white head that lingers and looks fantastic, like a smooth, creamy top of a vanilla milkshake. Aroma is of heavy, heavy malt, buttered walnuts, various dried fruits, chocolate, and yeast. Flavor is of heavy, creamy malt, dried fruits, almost chocolate, walnuts, with an extremely delayed aftertaste of vanilla milkshake. Absolutely outstanding beer. Alcohol is sometimes noticable with a burn, and sometimes not noticable at all. This beer is well worth the average of around $6.70 per bottle. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit. First rating was from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter glass. The liquid was colder, cloudy, and had a very large head, but dissipated to near nothing leaving a thin film. The aroma and flavor didn't give off as many characteristics as the larger bottle rerate. Incredible, Incredible beer.
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 BB date 11-06. Poured a reddish brown with a modest head. I stuck my nose right to the foam and could pick up very little aroma. Slightly dry and fruity.Did not find it either creamy or complex as in the description. Not bad but should probably sit another year or so.
UPDATE. After a second bottle and drinking it at 60 F + degrees instead of cold made a world of differance.Chocolate,figs,dried plums,very creamy and velvety mouthfeel and not near as dry as when tasted at 50 F.It did start to lose something as it neared room temp. So I had to upgrade. Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
This is by far the best beer I’ve tried. To me it’s taste is perfection in every way. I feel like I’m in heaven (or heaven is in my mouth) when I drink this. The colour is dark brown with a nice frothy tan head that lasts and laces the glass. The aroma is so inviting you just wanna dive in. The taste is molasses, yeast, banana, figs and brown sugar...sweet aftertaste the alcohol is very well hidden. If this stuff were regularly available here I’d turn into an alcoholic. bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Very dark opaque cola colour. Smells malty, but good. The flavour is complex and difficult to describe, but good, without any alcohol taste. It has feels very good and soft in the mouth. In a blind test, this beer is softer and creamier than the Westvleteren 12, has more raisin flavour and a better aroma. pmarren144 (37) - Auburn, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 1pt. 9 oz corked bottle. Suprised to find this in Ithaca, NY, but they have it there a lot, I guess. Pours cloudy, and has a lot of head. Lasts awhile, too. Very fruty nose, I spent 10 minutes just smelling it. Mouthfeel was creamy, and and for over 10% alcohol content, you almost didn’t realize it. Not a lot of hops, malty, fruity finish. Excellent as a treat now & then!! ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2006
poured a hazy brown color with a huge white head that left very nice lacing. nose consisted of licorice, yeast, raisins, caramel, and clove. flavors consisted of yeast, coffee, caramel, vanilla, and burnt sugar. AMAZING! very well rounded.