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:
4.65/5 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)
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