Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.55/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
330ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. It is fitting that I have finally sampled this nectar in my fifth year of 'serious' craft drinking, on the dawn of a new year with an ambitious set of beer goals for 2010. Westvleteren is appropriately known as THE beer, made by the only remaining Trappist brewery that employs strictly in-house monks (no outside staff). Since I approached this beer with respect and humility, rather than overloaded expectations, I was thoroughly satisfied with the experience.
Pours a purplish, burgundy brown with ruby red hues and a bubbly ring of tan head. Spotted lacing covers the top half of the glass. Smell is doughy malts, baking yeast, caramelized fruit, candy sugar, and a trace of alcohol. Taste is a lovely mix of blueberries, plums, apple cider, prunes and chocolate chips. There's a prominent vinous flavour, very wine-like in character, imparting green and dark grapes with a touch of sour tartness. Finish contains a hint of alcohol, boozy and warming. Spicy, fruity bite from the hops with a quick flash of bitterness to end. In a word, delicious.
The mouthfeel is in a category of its own. Lush, resinous, and silky in texture, with vanilla and cream flavours in the body. Velvety and clean, yet chewy at the same time. Dangerously drinkable for 10.2%. I'm not worthy!
It took me an hour to properly savour this brew as the complexity is nearly unparalleled. Like most BAs, I prefer a handful of beers over Westy 12, but it's still a beast that needs to be tamed at some point in your craft beer journey. I feel extremely fortunate to have tried this legendary quad. A tasty and luxurious treat, deserving of its world class status.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2010 19:47:39 | More by cratez
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