22 September 2012

Westvleteren 12 and a Blind Taste Test

For a long time, I've been saying that you should take the scores on RateBeer and BeerAdvocate with a few grains of salt. I written extensively of the folks who believe that the harder to get a beer is, the better it is.

Jeff Alworth, over at Beervana, recently conducted a taste test of some of BeerAdvocate's highest rated beers:
  • Westvleteren 12 [BeerAdvocate rating 100]
  • Chimay Grande Reserve (Blue) [95]
  • Rochefort 10 [99]
  • La Trappe Quadrupel (Trappist) [91]
  • Straffe Hendrik Quad [89]
  • Saint Bernardus 12 [99]
  • Urthel Samaranth [90]
  • Ovila Quad [87]

In a curious turn, out of twelve tasters, only one chose Westvleteren 12 as the top beer in the flight. Nine tasters choose Rochefort 10, Straffe Hendrik, and Ovila as the top beers, voting evenly split amongst them. And Chimay was at the back of the pack.

Jeff didn't post a ranking (which would have been interesting) but I think the point is made: Don't automatically trust the scores on review websites.

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posted by Jeff Holt at 14:59

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