Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by Phelps:
4.4/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A one-year-old bottle, shared at a recent tasting by and at the house of one tlay10. Tyler, you are the man.
Looks: absorbing. The beer pours a cloudy dark amber, opaque, with hues of maroon and orange shimmering throughout. The head is fleeting - a rosy tan that becomes a quick ring and film, but leaves some mountainous craggy horizontal lace.
Smells: crazy! Lots of flavors swirling about that I can't decipher. I do pick up brown sugar, molasses, ginger bread, graham crackers, fig, cinnamon and some light maple syrup. Each whiff reveals something new. It's exquisite.
Tastes: just like it smells -- complex and crazy-time good. There's some inviting spiciness, with peppery flavors of coriander, cardamom, saffron and rye. Sweet figs, caramel, cinnamon, brown sugar and sweet dark molasses dance in the sweet finish.
Feels: velvety. Subtly carbonated, with a medium-full body and a delightful smoothness. The alcohol is noticeable but not distracting. Everything here's perfectly in tune.
Drinks: incredibly. While I want to really wait it out and savor it, the beer goes down so easily it's scary. The complexity brings something new and exciting to each sip. Twelve's renown is indeed deserved.
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2010 22:05:37 | More by Phelps
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4.93/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Pours an opaque brown with a frothy tan head which dissipates leaving a nice persistent lacing.
A bouquet of ripe dark fruits, brown sugar and Belgian yeasts.
Sipping this beer is an adventure. Lots of dark fruits, fig, raisin and plums with sweetness added from brown sugar and caramel. The Belgian yeasts really shine and are fantastically complimented.
Highly carbonated with a smooth creamy mouth feel. The alcohol leaves a nice warming feeling and becomes ever more present as it comes up to temperature.
The only downside is an empty glass.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 15:31:34 | More by byronic
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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