Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.6/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle from the American release into a Spencer chalice.
Pours a dark, murky brown with red highlights, almost a plum shade. Creamy two-finger off-white head with poor retention. No lacing to speak of.
In the nose, an intoxicating blend of Christmas-y spices, burnt brown sugar, caramel malt, plums, prunes, raisins, and brandy. Subtle red wine tannins.
In the mouth, plum, prune, raisin, and fig notes mingle impressively with notes of brandy, caramel malt, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, clove, and cinnamon. Faint cocoa powder. Subtly yeasty in the finish, with a hint of boozy heat creeping in.
Mouthfeel is creamy but fairly dry, with an effervescent carbonation keeping the beer from feeling too sticky or heavy. Alcohol is noticeable, particularly towards the back, but merely contributes an entirely appropriate-feeling warming characteristic.
On the whole, this is a monumental beer and without a doubt the best quad I've ever had. That said...Rochefort 10 and St Bernardus Abt 12 give Westvleteren XII a real run for its money--and factoring in accessibility, it's hardly even a contest. All that said, this is still a spectacular beer, and one well worth hunting down.
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2014 04:32:34 | More by Ljudsignal
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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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