Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by bamadog:
5/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
OK, I've been sitting on this one for a couple of years now, and I figured that the beer isn't doing me any good collecting dust. Enjoying this beer for my 800th review here on BA. Review is from notes taken on 7/15/2012. Poured from the bottle to a snifter.
Appearance: Pours as a Quad should -- rich and dark, caramel brown with some deep ruby hues where the light comes through; starts with a big, full 2 finger off-white/light tan head that sticks around for a moment or two and fades to a full and frothy cap; body is dark, but it's moderately clear and free of sediment;
Smell: Full of rich, dark and very ripe fruit -- smells of figs, dates, raisins; some nice and sweet caramel malts in the back; definite alcoholic and vaporous whiff to it, but it's well blended and not burning the nostrils at all.
Taste: Meh, I've had better. Just kidding. I can see this beer is as hyped as it is, and it earns every bit of it. Part of me thinks that it could be a matter of the rarity or the rave reviews it has received over the years that are tainting my thoughts, but it's absolutely fantastic. Very sweet and full of the dark and ripe fruits as mentioned in the nose; it has a touch of some Belgian spiciness to it, and a nice bready and yeasty flavor; alcohol is present, well blended, but making a strong appearance nonetheless; some sweet caramel malt falls on the tongue after the booze burns off.
Mouthfeel: This beer just seems to keep getting better as I go... The body is full, chewy, but not heavy -- very sticky on the palate; the carbonation is full and lush, leaves the gums very tingly; the alcoholic vapor adds to the tingle on the gums, and it warms the belly.
Overall: Worth the wait and the Dark Lord that I traded to get it. Stands out from other Quads in quality and mouthfeel, well balanced and amazing. I would drink this beer everyday if I could, and that's not easy for me to say about Quads because I sometimes find that they weigh me down. I would be willing to sacrifice my body to the beer-bellied gods to have this frequently.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2012 23:55:12 | More by bamadog
More User Reviews:
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
4.65/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bottle cap is dated: 10.11.14
Very large snappy, soapy, tan colored head. poor retention. Brew is deep red with lots of brown. Good clarity too. No lacing. Thin.
Tons of smooth clove, lots of spice, but not over the top. Heavenly smooth butter cream on the nose. Not sugary. I could Sniff this for quite sometime... Great raisins. Very-very mild "Belgian Banana".
Nearly distracting amount of carbonation. Large amount of bubbles. Great fluidity and heavenly drinkability. Slightly lighter and thinner than I had imagined it would be. SLIGHT rubber aftertaste on the very tail end. Sweetness is light, crisp, airy, and solid. I would prefer a bit more body and a little less fluid. Cloves are strong robust, crisp, airy. Not a banana bomb... Nice smooth dry bitter finish.
IMO, this beer delivered the hype; it's one of the few. It's not mind altering, but very solid and well rounded. *Nearly* perfect for the style. I would have enjoyed a bit stronger appearance, more forward flavoring, thicker body, and more creamy head. Definitely recommended.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 03:24:36 | More by chugalug06
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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