Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2009
11.2 oz bottle Best buy 19.03.11 9/21/09 (Courtesy of ygtbsm94)-Pours a reddish brown with a small ring for a head. Aroma of sweetness, fruits, chocolate, and wood. Taste of all the aromas plus so much more goingon but in the best way possible. This is very well balanced and pleasantly smooth beer. This beer KICKS major ASS. Great brew. awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Bottle 01/17/2007 shared with and compliments of danielcurtis81, many thanks bud! Pours an elegant dark reddish/brown. Has a fantastic aroma of chocolate, red fruit, slight bourbon barrel. Flavor is mostly the same and all meld perfectly. Very smooth and pleasant mouthfeel and extremely complex, just a little lighter overall than I expected. Top Notch Brew...way to go monks! danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
12 oz bottle via trade with ygtbsm94. Best by date of 17.01.10. This is the first beer of my wedding week celebration. Appearance is a murky cloudy flat drab brown with no real carbonation and a good amount of sediment. Aromas and flavors of melted milk chocolate, medium/dark fruits like cherry and dark cranberries, some wooden notes. Mouth goes down easy as water with a slight creamy smoothness to it. A wonderful beer for sure. Glad for the opportunity to try this one. ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2009
Acquired this legendary beer on eBay.
I cannot go into detail on just how great this brew is, as words do not seem to do it proper justice.
In my opinion it was simply awesome - in the original, undiluted sense of the word. It left me pondering which little details would refine a beer to this level, the myriads of processes behind its making, and its journey from the abbey to my apartment in Bergen, Norway.
The Westvleteren 12 is so balanced and fine-tuned that a traditional dissecting analysis of its contents seems only to disenchant the entirety of the tasting experience. Thus, I can only describe it in the ways of an entity, a combination of flavor, aroma and palate so tightly interwoven that it seemed to represent a different tactile sense altogether. The only keyword that has stuck in my mind in hindsight is: honey. And I like honey a lot. Particularly when it seems to have been gathered on clouds by angelic bees, sifted with stardust and filtered through the Pearly Gates themselves.
Am I going over the top here? Indeed. But it feel sooo goood to find a beer worth doing it for. Much praise goes out to the monks of Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus; you do seem to have attained a closeness to the Divine after all. Cavie (4718) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
I am eternally indebted to Bhops for getting this one to me for my 1,000th rating! Clouded brown pour with a SHITload of sediment. Actually some large chunks in this one. Poured this glass while watching Craig Ferguson to add to the awesomeness. Smells of the most perfect grapes. A nice thick scent that is fruity and sweet. Nice! Tastes of about the greatest Welch’s grape juice I have ever had. Not bitter but beautiful. Fair amount of raisins with a finish of satisfaction. There is not much more that can be better about this. Better than the Optimator and Bernardus 12, it’s fantastic! Life is worth living again.
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2009
A friend of mine gave me this beer when I visited him in France. As good as it was, I was not as enamored as most reviewers. First, the appearance was pedestrian--little head, no lace. Cloudy, brown color.
The smell is brown sugar, similar to candy. The flavor matches this except that there is notable hop. Not surprisingly, very strong warm alcohol flavor and feel. This is a thick beer with a low level of carbonation. jfb (6256) - GERMANY - SEP 11, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2015 (bottle) hazy deep ruby-amber colour with a frothy light-beige head. aroma of caramelized pale malts and bread dough, with some very faint notes of aged rum, fudge, milk chocolate and dried plums. flavour is mostly bread dough and sherry-soaked prunes, quite starchy, with more fudge, chocolate raisins and just a faint touch of alcohol in the semi-dry finish. full-bodied with lively carbonation. mulderbelgie (10) - BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2009
pretty interesting beer, quite dark and strong, but really easy to drink. It’s certainly one of the best. Lowe1983 (1594) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Pours darker brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of caramel malts, dark fruits, slight chocolate, and some acohol. Flavor was pretty much the same with more alcohol then I was expecting. Nice blend of flavors that aren’t overwhelming. Nice warming on the finish. Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2009
Bottle @ Volo, Toronto, ON: So excited to try this one - I’d planned on it being #1,000 but Volo made it much easier to obtain. Aroma of boozy black cherry, dark chocolate, lemon, caramel. Flavour is cognac, black pepper, grass, chocolate, stone fruits, black cherries and lots of subtle hopping that comes out strong after the swallow. Mellows so nicely, and amazingly smooth to drink. I can’t find anything wrong with it, just an exceptional beer.