deft (84) - SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle at Haket 2008-02-08. Clear amber with a light head. Just as westy 8 this one reminds me of apple cider. Fruits (red apples is what comes to my mind) in aroma. Taste is malty and some fruit. Dry mouthfeel. cgarvieuk (25987) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 20, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2012 In Cafe and In De Vrede may 07... alongside there pate ... Clowdy!! Yelllow ... light belgian hop nose ... mellow hop resins ... lots of flavour ... flowery hop ... juicy ... espenra (1016) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAR 17, 2008
Huge thanks to Joris for this TK2 at home 20/03/08 ...Crisp clear light orange ... light belgian nose ... juicy and fruity... little yeasty ... flowery subtle and balanced.
Bottle at home ... Aug 2012 bottle drunk Oct 2012 ... golden amber ...soft vegative light lemon nose ...soft floral lemon ... soft fruits ... vegative... not as good as ive had before 3.0
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2009 33cl bottle from the monastary. Pours a hazy head with about a finger-height of white foam that lasts the entire session and a golden color. Aroma is spicy. Notes of apples, clove, grass and hops. Flavour is a bit wheaty and bitter. Notes of apples, spices and yeast. It has a lingering aftertaste. A very nice beer for the summer evenings. Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 15, 2008
A big thanks goes out to leftmindedrighty for this opportunity to sample such a fine brew
The classic Westvleteren bottle poured into my chalice produced a good fingers worth of white fluffy head that turns into a thick lace that last till the end. The body on it is a hazy (I swirled the yeast) apricot color with fine yeast particles floating through out
The aromas of bananas, yeast, grass and hops come through wonderfully. There is also some spice to it cloves and pepper
Flavors of yeast and pepper, along with its almost earthiness of the other spices hit me first. Then other flavors, sweetness of fruit and a dryness of some hops in the end. Yes complex is a good word for this beer.
Light and smooth mouthfeel with a light crispness due to the carbonation would sum this up
Now let me say it is very drinkable. And I love to have it again . Due to its rarity and price I don’t think I’ll be having many more though. If I lived in close to the monastery it would be a great session beer. So I guess I’ll stick with my Orval the next time I need a fix
Thanks again Aaron
17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 [rated 3.10.08] Thanks xnoxhatex for the brew and the glass! Pours cloudy golden with some large bubbles and a frothy white small head. Strong fruit and yeast aroma. Sweet yeasty and slightly apple flavor, with some grassy hop bitterness on the finish. Really smooth and clean. The malt is almost candy like. Very smooth fluffy body. I like it a lot better than Orval. 18.104.22.168.18 [wow I can’t believe I really wrote that last statement hahaha]
[rated from the cafe in March 2009, and again 10.6..09] Aroma is super ’plumy’ Westveleteren distinctive yeast, sweet and crisp, lemon, noble hops, wonderful. Flavor and body follows, super crisp and flavorful, a delight. The yeast is absolutely unmistakable and ever remarkable.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 A candy sweet, fruit nose, banana, peppery yeast, grass notes. Flavor is fruity, bready. Also a lot of organic hoppy bitterness than I was expecting. A nice surprise considering its a blonde. A dry finish lingers on the back of the tongue. A very good Belgian, and very refreshing. A hot summer day would make this. dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 Pours a hazy straw color with a white head. Lots of yeast and grain on the nose. A little tart spice with a wee bit of bitterness that finishes dry and hoppy. Nice beer, comparable to a light Orval. dmac (6459) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Rating #600. Bottle from stoutlover72, thanks Garrett. Pours a slight hazy golden orange with a large creamy bright white head and tons of lacing. Complex aroma with a lot of earthiness, white pepper, grass, yeast, bread possibly some fruit. Medium bodied with lots of dryness on the finish. Flavor is loaded with spicyness, yeast, bread and earth. Good beer but it’s like going to a minor league game when you want to see the real team. I really neeed to try the 12. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Bottle from ebay purchase.Sampled with Paulie Walnuts. Pours a hazy blond color. Bready banana aroma with a lemon finish. Flavor was pretty much the same with a sweet hoppy finish. It was pretty good. gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Bottle courtesy Tony at Oldsmar Tap House. Thanks! Pours a hazy blonde, with a thin watery head. Nice wet lacing sticks to the glass. Aromas of grassy wheat, Belgian yeast, slight clove, and some ripe cider. Spicy wheat flavors, clove, grain. Very light flavored. Bitter hop after-taste. Epitome of the style. Bitter finish, very drinkable. Won’t see too many of these, definitely enjoyed it.