Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by Chaney:
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Sent to me about a year ago from Harrymel who had just gotten back from Belgium. Thanks Harry!
Served in an Olde Hickory shaped glass.
A: Rich, caramel brown red, with tons of yeasties suspended in what looked like dirty gelatin. The frothy, mocha head didn't go anywhere throughout the entire session Gorgeous!
S: So complex. First and foremost, it smells like a red wine through and through. It's not the usual blend of dark fruit such as plums, figs, and brown sugar. This is much brighter. I got grapes, Sweet Tarts, currants, and maybe a mild undertow of figs.
T: A bit more beer-like in its flavor, not in the least bit overly sweet, and still with a nice red wine bill. The aftertaste is smooth and silky at first, but then of bit of boozy bitterness slaps the palate. For some reason, I get a good bit of apple flavor here as well. Remarkable!
M: Creamy and scrumptious, not sweet or cloying, and with a near perfect carbonation bill. The bitterness was played with a steady hand and I'm still in awe of how they got that element of this brew pitch perfect. The lacing left on the glass was ridiculous.
O: They don't call this the "World's Best Beer" for nothing. With out a doubt, the most remarkable quad to ever hit my palate. Sensational!
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2013 03:14:45 | More by Chaney
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4.99/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pretty much the perfect Belgian Quad. Doing two seperate blind tastings with this Abt 12 and Rochefort 10 this came out on top both times. I wish I had more of them to really savior and notice the subtle differences between all three. This is great fresh and with some age on it. I have one that is now three years old and will be opening later this year.
Poured with almost a 2 finger head into a Westy glass.
Smell is that of a Belgian Quad with a little bit less sweetness to it and a little bit more spice.
Both taste and mouthfeel live up to the hype. Little bit more spice to go with the fruits and sugars. Taste opens up more as it warms up.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 21:43:40 | More by ShaneGoodhew
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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