bobinlondon (1297) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2012 Bottle at home with a like minded friend. Brown with light tan head. Complex alcoholic aroma. Multilayered flavours that keep developing as the glass empties. A bit sweet for me but I would love to try more. poolboy (66) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2008
My second favorite beer of all. Very much like the Extra 8 but a little sharper. Tastes of figs and toffee. Dark brown color with decent light tan head. Very smooth for a high alcohol beer. Well worth trying to get hold of a few bottles. I traded for mine as I understand it is not sold only at or near the brewery. SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Bottle 330ml, in Westvleteren goblet. Having looked forward to sampling the Westvs with no little anticipation, and wondering whether I had been duped at all by the superlative and overwhelming hype, with the Westvleteren12, the answer is a most definite no, and it slightly outshines the Westvleteren8. Pours a dark russet, and luscious on both the nose and the palate, with an orchestra of the most melodious notes on the nose. Relatively spicy on the palate, bursting with flavours of all manner of wonderful things. A joy. wrist (3) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2008 does not count
Dark brown with a long lasting taste of caramel and alcohol. Very fine off white head. One of the best beer I have ever tasted. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2008
CaryTheDude hooked me up huge on this one. This is unlike any quad I’ve ever had, and considering how highly lauded this beer is, obviously the others aren’t listening. Pours a murky, bubbling brown. Aroma has all sorts of fruits, caramels, sugars, chocolates. I’m not sure how to describe the flavor except that is lives up to the hype, and has everything you could want in a beer. An awesome experience, and a privilege to try. Thanks Dude, this was awesome.
That1Guy (2240) - Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Crushed with Jakebra. Then crushed with Honkeybra. Soon to be crushed with Dadbra. Every opinion counts. This brew is something huge. Fruity nose, and by fruity I mean every fruit you might have ever come in contact with. Body is as full as Angelina Jolie from the nape of her neck to her lipstick lips. Finishes dry and satisfying as a orgasm. In all ways a huge beer, and makes me appreciate beer at a whole new level. Want to try back-to-back with Roch 10 blindfolded and figure it out for myself. MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 [Bottle] that was a bonus in a trade with ygtbsm94, thanks a lot for this legendary beer. The date code on the cap is 19/03/11. Pours a foamy, bubbly, cloudy brown, with a medium sized beige head. Powerful and sweet aroma loaded with licorice, raisins, caramel, some alcohol, dates, and some vinous notes. Flavor matches the aroma. Extremely full mouthfeel with a long, sweetish finish and a touch of bitterness and tartness on the sides of the tongue. The alcohol is definitely in the flavor, but blends well with the sweetness from the yeast. This beer is extremely good and deserves every bit of its status as the #1 beer in the world. Thanks again, Brad for this awesome bonus beer! bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 bottle, west-vleteren café @ west-vleteren
full, creamy aroma, very complex aroma and flavour rich taste, a great beer BeerLS (20) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2008
2 year old bottle from Capones in Norristown Pa. No label, no head. Large particles sunk to the bottom of the glass, smelled sweet and of alcohol, like a wine. The taste was noting like it, plums, raisins, bubblegum, prunes, dates, figs, it made love to my mouth. Not sweet or achoholic at all like the smell, this couldnt sit in my mouth long enough. mind altering. great. the heavyweight champion of all beer ive had. The monks in their quest for enlightenment of betterment must have acquired this recipie for the perfect beer by god himself and have almost made it realized. liquid gold. ive been laid by this beer. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2008
This beer has a sterling reputation, which I assumed was unearned. It’s not. Granted much of its cache is due to its scarcity, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is world-class.
Body was a dark red-brown with creamy white head with great staying power. Aroma was earthy, raisin-y, and distinctly cereal-y, but in a good way. The cereal-y of this and the other Westvleteren beers I tried had this underlying aroma that reminded me of the boiling mash smell that permeates the brewery when a boil is going on. Flavor is a bit like baking bread (that same malt-mash flavor) with raisins and a touch of sweetness and a noticeable alcohol tinge. Very balanced. At the top of the page, my notes say ’Honestly, this is perfect.’
I can’t recommend this beer enough. I had it at the Cafe In De Vrede, across the street from the St. Sixtus abbey that brews the beer in Westvleteren. Awesome.