Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 3,952 | Reviews: 1,571 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
4.85/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Well I figured I'd make this review count, and get a little cocky and review it before the distribution to the US actually does happen in the Spring of 2012.
12 oz. bottle poured into a Leffe chalice. The cap indicates 16-06-13 as what I would assume is the best bye date. Popped the cap and a small amount of foam started to ball up at the top, waited a minute or 2 for the pour. Sort of a brown dirty water color in the liquid but darker, slightly darker than cider. There is quite a bit of setiment floating around in there, saved a little at the bottom of the bottle so there wasn't too much, but I think it's unavoidable, no big deal. Looks pretty good. Like many Belgian styles, there is a decent sized foamy head, mostly small bubbles but slightly varies. The head is slightly darker than off white. Good looking beer, I wouldn't say it's the best looking beer I've ever seen (even for the style), but you can tell it's quality.
Took my first sniff from the bottle before I poured it and I couldn't believe how good it smelled; it sort of went away, but it was hoppier than I expected. However the more I smell it, I think it's just it's the fruitiness from the other ingredients. Dark fruits come out, plumb, crushed apples, pears, even cherries. Subtle tropical fruits too. Also hints of mild chocolate and maybe even some coffee. None of those gross banana-like aromas that often apply in many Belgian styles. This is all good all the way. My ONLY knock on this is that it's not that strong, decisive, but nothing not that strong, so I'd give it a 4.75 if possible, but this will do.
Taste is truly outstanding and now I understand the hype. I'm not traditionally one to prefer Belgian style brews to others, but Quads were what I like the most of them all and now I totally understand the hype. All the aromas come out in the flavor here. Very malty and fruity ( I don't feel like typing all the fruits again, so read above). Subtle chocolate again, but a little more bitter this time, slight coffee too. Perfectly balanced between bitter and sweet. I'm not overly versed in the Quad style, but this is worthy of being the standard of how this beer should taste.
Mouthfeel is perfect, plain and simple. Huge, full flavor while feeling soft and delicate. Great carbonation level and the yeast doesn't leave that ,well "yeasty" feeling in your mouth, it's very smooth. The 10.2% is WELL hidden in the mouthfeel and the flavor, I NEVER would have guessed that if I didn't know. Crazy drinkable too. This is just an all around wonderful beer all around, absolutely happy to have tried it; maybe I'll get the opportunity again. If more Quads tasted like this, it could be my favorite style.
Huge props to dbexpert, you're the man, thanks a ton for the trade!
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2012 23:48:44 | More by AndyAvalanche
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to WankelEngine for the pour
2oz into a tasting snifter.
A- very little head, potentially a factor of the small pour. Dark blackish brownish purpleish.
S- liquor, dark fruit, herbs, sweetness.
T- much yeast, not as much fruit as the aroma, Booze, dried fruit.
M- incredibly pleasant warming sensation, a little drying and sticky, latent figgy notes and molasses.
O- ooovvvveeerrrraaaattteeed. Tasty, lovely, honored to try it. Thanks again to WankelEngine.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 01:08:55 | More by RhyminBelmont
5/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I really wasn't expecting this beer to be as good as the reviews. But after tasting it, my expectation of what a good beer is has changed.
Overall a sweet, fragrant beer that doesn't feel like it's anywhere near its rated alcohol content. Easy to drink, with no bitter after taste. Essentially it's perfect.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 00:57:15 | More by JohnGB
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 3,952 ratings.