Loic99 (23) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 30, 2001
Bravo! les moines ont une recette unique et original...
une vraie bière Trapiste! f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2001
Possibly my favorite beer. Great head retention, pleasing copper hue, and extreme taste all contribute to the experience of drinking this fine beer. Hints of spices, fruits, even a chocolate malt flavor make this one of the most complex brews I have yet to try. trappist12 (199) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2001
If I could rate this on a scale of 1-5, this would be a 10. I would leave all my other ratings (forgive me Abbey de Scourmont) where they are. This beer maybe even a bit sexier than the Abt 12 Godfather version. Full of so much passion and decadence, this beer blows every other beer to wayside. This is the Pax Roman of beers gentlemen and ladies. If you can get it, get as much as you can!!!!!! DeadTerry99 (4) - Delaware, USA - FEB 24, 2002 does not count
These monks know how to do things right. The blue cap (8) is only exceeded by the yellow cap (12). The alcohol is not a prevalent here as in the 12, but all the malt and balancing hops are right on the mark. If you are luckky enough to find this outside of Belgium, you'd better snatch it up, before I do! You can't go wrong with Westvleteren! booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Whoa! It's got it all. Malty, but not cloyingly so. A tad smoky. Some coffee notes as well.
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2002
This was, if not, the best beer, of any style, I have ever had. The subtle flavors changed as the goblet was slowly drained away. Each sip was a new experience. I cannot wait to try the #12. This has officially replaced Chimay as my favorate in Belgum Ales. ellman (3) - Alburtis, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2003 does not count
This beer gave all my sences a full workout. Cant wait to try the 12 but i hear it a bit hard to find. roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2004 Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a very dark brown, almost black liquid with small amount (1/2 inch) head with smooth texture on top followed by larger bubbles on bottom. Some sediment in the bottle, but all of it came out when swirled with the last few oz's of beer. Aroma is citrus orange and grapefruit - and aged bannanas? Hey, smells like my wooden fruitbowl. Flavor is woody, barklike, slightly piney, dry, smooth, very drinkable. Lace is complete and doesn't fall away. Mmmm, slight alcohol aroma nearing the end, but alcohol completely hidden and never tasted throughout, ooo, apricot and date flavor came through in that latest mouthful. Very good beer. Will have again. I have had this beer one other time - when chilled. It is much better this time - sampled at 73 degrees Fahrenheit.
RERATED 09-25-04. A special thanks to Jim Dorsch of Vienna, Virginia (Whole Foods Market) for supplying me a whole case of this fine beer. This beer is dated "28.08.06" and pours (in Westvleteren glass) a dark, dark brown-red liquid with a generous 1.25 inch thick beige head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick film. Aroma is so spicy and intense it burns my nose - includes fruit, berries, port wine, grapes, plum, malt, yeast. Flavor is spicy with port wine, malt, etc. Definitely worthy of its score. As it warms, this beer also resembles St. Bernardus Abt 12 as Westy 12 did, just with less alcohol. drinkbeer (289) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 12, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 had slightly below room temperature in a westvleteren glass. wow. the mouthfeel is amazing. feels smooth and full with just the right amount of carbonation. this is my first westvleteren i have tried, and i can see now what sets it apart from other belgian strong ales: nothing is out of place in this beer. from start to finish the different complexities of the taste, the look, the feel, all come together at just the right time to form a lasting impression. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2003
One of my favorite trappist ales. I wish it was more available. It has a nice flavor, and when you pour it you see a nice creamy head. Its a strong ale, but good,