Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by OldFrothingSlosh:
4.97/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A most difficult decision faces me: Which beer to review for #100? I had quite a selection to choose from, but I felt this undefinable urge to try this amazing beer. The minutes I let it sit to warm were some of the longest minutes of my life. Patience certainly rewarded me.
Appearance: Poured a deep, dark, and rich-looking dark amber color. Incredibly cloudy with all sorts of sediments suspended in mid-beer. Tiny bubbles compose a thin layer of head. Lacing is excellent.
Smell: I can almost see the vapors rising from the glass. All sorts of lovely aromas can be detected: fresh honey, raisins, sweet caramel, apple pie, and a hint of alchol envelope your olfactories.
Taste: The appearance and smell are merely the appetizer for the subsequent taste. Where to begin? Is "perfection in a bottle" acceptable? Quite simply the best beer I've had to date. A veritable circus of flavors parade and dance across your palate. Just when one seems to fade, another steps up to offer itself to your taste buds. A myriad of fruit flavors abound, with honey and caramel lending their flavors to the profile. A prevailing sweetness is the backbone of this beer, but is so lovingly meshed with all of the other flavors that you wonder where it begins and ends. Only near the end do you feel the slight warming effect of the alcohol. I am amazed that this is an 11.0% ABV beer. It certainly hides the alcohol content well.
Mouthfeel: I felt like I could take a knife and fork and cut this beer. The mouthfeel is so "chewy"! It's as if each taste bud has been soaked in flavor, drenched in this ambrosia-like concoction that effortlessly makes its way into your mouth.
Drinkability: Simply fantastic. An incredibly easy to drink beer, even with the high alcohol content. It got even better as it warmed. Finish was on the dry side, which was another pleasant surprise. It took quite some time to finish this, and I savored every last drop. Even after swallowing, there are flavors that show up, demanding you sit up and take notice. I know began to feel an appreciation for what is contained within the bottle.
Please...I beg of you to seek out this beer. It is an experience you'll not soon forget. The combination of aromas and flavors weave such an impressive tapestry of complexity that you must try it and see what you think.
A mighty thanks to fellow BA AKSmokedPorter for acquiring one of these for me.
A truly worthy beer for my 100th review and a truly amazing beer to be tasted.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2003 19:47:22 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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4.65/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
My buddy went to Belgium and worked for about a week to get the monks to answer the phone so he could buy a case. This was the last beer from that case. What a treat.
A - A deep tobacco brown. Lots of floating sediment. Big cream head leaving some lacing.
S - One of the best smelling beers I have ever had. It was very hard to discern aromas because there were so many. Unlike anything I had ever smelled before. Dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel were what I smelled the most.
T - Didn't taste much that much like the smell, but like something entirely wonderful that I wasn't expecting. A tinge of heat from the booze but so many married flavors in there make the beer go down way too fast. I almost need to drink 2 or 3 more to pick it all out. Prunes, plums, yeast, raisins, brown sugar were what I was able to pick out.
M - Good carbonation, which I expected. Wasn't expecting that much sediment, but it never bothered me a bit. Creamy but not too thick.
O - A bucket list beer. It's like art. I was truly fortunate to have the opportunity to try one. It's magic. Would pay an $ amount for another bottle that my wife would never agree to.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 01:44:09 | More by BrewsforBreakfast
4.83/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Juicy plums are prominent in the nose, along with malty, bready undertones. It's surprising how crisp and prominent the fruit notes are. The taste is actually a solid reflection of the smell. Lively carbonation tickles the mouth while the dark fruit flavors, with a touch of blackberry, intermingle over a gentle bready background. The nose is beautiful yet somewhat understated, while the taste is bold and lively. It combines for one of the best beers I've ever had.
Cap numbers are 15.03.17.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 21:55:19 | More by Mineo
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 4,066 ratings.