ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 TITW-II. Pours clear amber with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is figs, toffee and peaches. The flavor is toffee, plums and slightly spicy. Medium body with a soft and smooth texture. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 600 thank yous to Springslicker for this gem. Pours murky brown with floaties and an off white head. Wonderful perfumy aroma, notes of yeast, cherries, and apple butter.Nice earthy texture. Flavor of plums, caramel, fruit. Smooth sweet finish with a wisp of alcohol. I like this slightly better than the 12..SORRY ROSS! The 12 has more body, but too much alcohol for my tastes. If this stuff was easier to come by, I bet a half and half would be awesome. jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 22, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 Bottle thanks to Shrubber85. Aroma is big and fruity ripe banana, dark cherries, nutmeg, plums, figs and raisins, wow a lot of fruit super complex. Dark cloudy appearance, only the slightest hind of red undertones. Rich flavor, reminds me of really rich port, great fruitiness, really good, really rich like drinking a warm fruit salad covered in rich chocolate, not hersheys but the really good swiss stuff. So many flavors so small a tongue. Lighter mouthfeel but not too light, great dryness. Wow really nice. Like bathing your tongue in Don Ho. Truly these monks love God and he loves them, absolutely incredible. Best Belgian brew I have ever had, no doubt. Truly delicious and worth anything you have to do to try it. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Stew41 (2040) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 21, 2006
This beer has been in my refrigerator since the day I bought it, which was about 2 years ago.
The beer pours a dark rusty colored body with a tall tan head. The aroma puts forward delicate hints of chocolate covered apples, malted milk balls, and walnuts. The flavor is more yeasty than I would have estimated… it’s lightly doughy, biscuity, a bit dusty. There is the most minute bitterness in the finish, a hint of lime zest, followed by a cracked black pepper spiciness. The palate is velvety but also dusty along the edges.
I sadly was a bit under-whelmed with this beer. Although it was very enjoyable, I was hoping for a transcendent moment that never managed to materialize.
The only time we came remotely close to tracking down Westy ‘on-premise’ was at the very good Afspanning ’t Waagstuk bar in Antwerpen (e.4.0). Dark reddish brown and thin creamy head with good density. Chunky lacing. Bouquet is quite soft with dark malts but not much else stands out. Palate shows a truckload of balance and intergration to the extent that the beer appears to lose some power. Dark malt flavours pop up again, quite dry, a touch of spice and some aniseed. One would almost assume that beer had quite a bit of bottle age given the impressive level of balance and smoothness.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle courtesy of sk8viking. Thanks, Rene! Pours a clear dark brown, almost black, with yellow edges; light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma shows generous amounts of yeast (very reminiscent of Champagne) with a biscuity toastiness underneath. Medium-to-full, well-balanced mouthfeel: yeasty, bready, and mildly spicy; dried fruits and graham crackers are the most suggestive notes I can pull out; very drinkable and composed. Finishes slightly dry with plenty of yeast, hints of white pepper and spice. VLtrappist (2) - BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2006 does not count
very goooood beer!!!!! i drunk it at the abbey him self and will order soon alot of it
no bitter after taste, just perfect ... cant say it better mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours a murky brown-rubyish body with a soapy medium-sized head. Nice perfumey caramel aroma, floral cookies, toffee, and an interesting contribution of spices. Alcohol is present in the flavour with chocolate and caramely fruit substance. Very good. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2006
33 cl bottle shared by the house wine lover himself- I must admit that before we even tried this one, we seriously considered dumping this out, and in its place, pouring Fuller’s London Porter, mixed with Vodka to create a clone. Then we had an even better idea, why not buy a bottle of La Terrible, and add water to it, to bring the ABV down? WOuldn’t it be the same thing? Deep chestnut, pours and emits a thin, tight bubbled beige skin. Apples, plums, prunes, fig, pear, and orages give way to spices (cinnamon) and a mildly smoky malt with subtle hops. Ohh my. Very fruity flavours, that pretty much mimic the aroma, nutmeg and other spices, very earthy and full. Dry, flavourful, lingering finish. Yes, I like it. Thanks Mr.S! jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2006
From a distinctive no label 33 cl. slender bottle with a freshness date on the cap, 18.02.09, sampled at cellar temperature in a Westvleteren chalice a friend gave me last year.
Poured a tasting looking dubbel brown with a frothy, foamy off-white head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing, small amount of sticking.
Aromas of plum fruitiness, candied sugar, licorice, toffee and a soft spiciness, a great dubbel nose.
Good steady soft carbonation and a crisp, dry, creamy smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel, just excellent.
A wonderful dubbel taste, plum brandy, coffee and toffee, a touch of licorice, a subtle honey graininess, a very soft herbal tea hoppiness, the alcohol is a bit spicy, like a well made rum, and warming in the palate, and a dry yeasty, malty finish with a little herbal flavor lingering in the palate.
A delicious dubbel, tasty and balanced, I am thankful that I finally had a chance to try this, well worth seeking out.