Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
4.3/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 33 cl botlte into a Westvleteren chalice. There is no more recognizable unmarked bottle in all the land. Best by 09.03.12.
My pour has a dark caramel brown color with a slight ruby tint, mostly opaque but transparent in the edges. Only a small off-white cap forms on the inital pour, and this fades to a few spotty islands remain, along with a fair amount of particulate, even with a gentle pour.
The aroma is full, deep, and smooth. Brown sugar, toasted bread, caramel, raisins, figs, plums, cinnamon, Belgian yeasty spice all combine to form a nuanced and complex aroma.
Especially as it warms up, the flavor is pretty fantastic. Brown sugar blends with toasted bread, caramel, and some nutmeg, cinnamon and general yeasty spice. Raisins, plums, and dark cherries come in as the body turns from medium / full to medium / light. Right at the end, just a bit of ethyl alcohol comes in, along with some red wine vinegar acidity. The carbonation starts on the light side, and it is practically flat by the time the beer is through. It is creamy and smooth, while still a bit grainy. Medium to full body.
While there was no way for this beer to live up to the "best beer ever," I thoroughly enjoyed the anticipation leading up to my first experience, and the beer itself was quite good as well.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2012 05:56:00 | More by KickInTheChalice
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