kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Bottle in Westvleteren’s beer garden “In de Vrede” just across the street from St-Sixtus abbey .(If you want to use GPS to go there address is Donkerstraat 13, B-8640 Westvleteren. They are closed on Friday (summer) and during the winter Thursday and Friday). While rating this beer I felt like Fin (England). I entered and I saw that on each table there were glasses of Westvleteren – They HAVE IT! Ordered one glass of 12 and impatiently waited to arrive. Finally it was on my table, hazy dark brown almost black, with big creamy beige head. I think they served it a bit too cold so I waited few minutes before I drank it. It was so balanced! There was no taste that stood in front. Such a full and complex flavor. Really top class beer. thomat (3860) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2006
Very dark, redish brown with thick off-white foam. Lots of malt and fruit with a hint of acidity. Full bodied with a very complex bittersweet finish. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 Bottle shared with after4ewver. Pours a cloudy brown with a big fluffy off-white head. Creamy medium-full body with light carbonation. The aroma is a collection of spices, with cloves and vanilla in the forefront, followed by by caramel and leather. Taste of pears and apples, almost to the point of being like cider, but with the toffee and caramel malt and all that spice behind it. This is a yummy brew. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2006
12-oz.; thanks (eternal gratitude) to BeachBum25--you ROCK, Jim! Gargantuan tan head over a dark, murky brown body. Big dust, cherry, light green apple, and light horse blanket/funk in the nose. Really alluring, though it doesn’t look like a brilliant-smelling beer in words. Plenty of rich thick sweet malt in the palate--fruity (cherry/apple), slight molasses/brown-sugar-like sweetness from the malt but very subdued. All the big flavor ingredients are there--fruit, sugar, malt, very slight hop colors. Beautifully done--amazing beer. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle at the Prince Of Wales, Foxfield 16/09/2006
Some carbonation. Slightly sour fruit aroma. Mid brown amber coloured strong in alcohol and slightly rich on the palate. Fruity with a little dryness. Bitter and warming malt finish.
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle (sip) at RBESG 2006. Hmmmm, what can I say about the top rated beer in the world. The sip I had may not do it justice - sweet, malty, caramel, incredibly tasty. Perhaps I’ll be lucky enough to re-rate it in the future. Roberto (3) - Harelbeke, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2006 does not count
Bottle 33 cl. By friends Perfect !
The greatest belgium beer. Taste caramel/nutty. Balanced perfectly. Like it super !
ChadwickCarey (3) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2006 does not count
Best Beer in the World??? What a tough reputation to live up to. I think this is a beer that beer lovers are afraid to rate honestly because they feel their other beer aficianados my have a more sofisticated palate than they have. My honest opinion is that this is one of the top belgian beers that I have tasted. Strangely it is so smooth that I can understand that some (including myself) can not express one defining characteristic to describe this beer. It is in the same class as St. Bernardus abt 12 and Rochefort 10. I still prefer the Rochefort. My recommendation is if you can try it at what you feel is a resonable price you should. However, for those that can’t afford it or choose not to try this rare beer.... you shouldn’t feel like you are left out of the "beer club". If you can try a St. Bernardus or Rochefort you are truly tasting beers in the same class that are as good or better depending on your taste. I will be aging my remaining stock and am looking forward to how this beer will age. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 Complete re-write for a very fresh bottleSofajoern (146) - DENMARK - OCT 17, 2006
In short: A decadent Abt. One of the best (if not THE best) of its kind. Lives up to the hype.
How: Bottle 330ml at In de Vrede (pub in front of the Westvleteren abbey). About two months old, bottling date on the cap.
The look: Purple-brown body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Intense aroma with earthy dark fruits, tobacco, chocolate and more. That beer has lots of great qualities but its body is my favourite of them all. Big, rich, smooth, creamy, filling. Swimming in this 5/5 body are a ton of malts and juicy leafy hops. Flavors of dark fruits, toffee, milk chocolate, nuts, tobacco, wood, name it! I was very surprised at how hoppy a fresh bottle is. Lot and logs of juicy leafy hops with a medium slightly resinous bitterness. Alcohol remains well hidden until a little bite at the end. Totally decadent. The sad part about being labelled the #1 beer in the world is that you cannot surpass the expectations. It is not my own #1 beer but it will always be in my top 50 nonetheless. It is sad to see that this wonderful beer is circulating a lot but mostly is borderline illegal ways. Very soon we’ll come across suspicious looking dudes going “hash, pot, acid, westvleteren 12, mescaline”.
This really is very, very good. Smooth, full bodied and extremely well balanced without being bland. Almost too perfect. I’d have liked something to stick out about the 12 - so I could say "I really liked the flavour of dates" or maybe something about the aroma of overripe bananas, but it is so nuanced that I really can’t. I’m thinking that a few years in the cellar will improve this considerably. Luckily I’ve got my hands on a few more bottles.
Not my favourite but it might very well be, when I rerate it in a year or two.