fonefan (49554) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark with a tan head. A very complex dark, malty, fruity beer with floral notes. Amazing aroma and flavor fruit, yeast, citrus, alcohol, spices, oak, vanilla, the list goes on and on as flavors change. The best Trappist beer I have ever tasted.
yespr (45710) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 33 cL bottle several times and at different ages. Pours dark brown, murky. Aroma is a complex blend of fruit, chocolate and caramel malt. Mouthfeel is soft and wineous. Flavour starts sweet, goes into a toffee sweet-/softness, a slight touch of bitterness breaks the sweet notes. Extremely well balanced palate, all elements blend perfect into each other and none of them dominate. Has a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. Simply perfect. Ungstrup (37867) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2002
A dark brown beer with a beutiful head. It has an aroma of caramel and fruit. It is very sweet and slightly bitter and has a fruity taste that tickles your tongue slightly (the alcohol?) Definately a great beer. joergen (28392) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
Brown colour with a fine white head.
Nice aroma of malt and raisins.
Good sweet flavor of malt and hops.
Very balanced. anders37 (26678) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2006
Rating # 600; Pours a dark amber colour with a medium thick off-white head. Sweet fruity aroma with lots of raisin and dark fruits. Some spicy hints. Fruity flavor with some honey and raisin. Sweet malty and fruity aftertaste with some bitterness and warming from the alcohol. An excellent beer.
oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2005
Bottled. Dark nut brown, hazy colour with small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, alcohol, fruit, flowers a bit licorace and banana, very complex. Extremely wellbalanced complex flavour, being soft and sweet into a bit biting alcohol. Flavour consists of bananas, citrus, hops, alcohol and caramel and lots more. Excellent beer. omhper (25249) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2002
Having tried several thousand beers, if I’m hard pressed to come up with one single favourite this is usually the one. Every time I try it there are new fascinating flavours. It has a deep burgundy colour. A fruity complex aroma with a hint of raspberries. It is very malty, and as the beers warms to room temperature the flavours explode. Toffee, fruit, licorice, yoiu name them. The mouthfeel is soft and vinuous, and the finish is salty with well balanced bitterness. Travlr (25219) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Deep brown color. Strong lacy tan head. Malty, nutty aroma. Full mouth. Complex malty, vinuous, nutty flavor with hints of dates, raisins and dark cherries. Amazing complexity grows with each year of storage. I’ve tasted brews aged up to 8 years, with amazing results. Also tasted in a Westvletern-flavoured ice cream, believe it or no, at the monastery tap. In a class of its own. Papsoe (25062) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 (Bottle 33 cl) Dark brown with only a small beige head. Extremely complex with notes of plums, raisins and perhaps some chocolate as well. Starts sweetish but ends with a fig-like driness. Hops are present but only to balance things, they never dominate. Westvleteren 12 is a revelation, a truly heavenly experience - the kind of beer that explodes with flavours in your mouth giving you new impressions each and every time. And if you store this it only gets better. More a meal than a drink. Excellent, excellent. 100398 madmitch76 (24980) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2013 26th December 2007
Deep rich and sweet. Treacle and caramel. Sweet dry finish. Not that complex but a lip smacking beer that is very drinkable and moorish.
1st November 2013
Light haze on this deep red - amber beer. Tidy pale cream coloured head. Palate is soft and a little dry. Good minerally carbonation. Sweet malt. Mellow dry spice. Light lactose. A little coca cola. Light generic fruits. Creamy malt develops. Finishes very soft and airy but with a mild carbonated nibble. Very nice. Not the best in the beer in the world.