Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.75/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
From the 2012 American release. Pours a hazy chestnut, lots of sediment, with a thick, off-white head that diminishes to a frothy cap that remained throughout. The aroma is full of dark fruits, brown sugar, malt, and warm spices. On the palate there's the dark fruit, but unlike the aroma, these are reminiscent of holiday fruit-cake dark fruits - sweet, but not cloyingly so. Nice bready malt with hints of clove. The 10% ABV adds a nice warming feeling but doesn't overwhelm. Velvety, medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall, this is a very complex and well crafted quad. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it, but hunting this down is hardly worth the effort with so many other readily available outstanding quads, especially Rochefort and St. Bernardus.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 12:18:29 | More by JohnG190
4.46/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet. This is from the American release so has around 1.5 years of age on it. Served at cellar temperature.
Appearance: Pours a hazy iced-tea brown, with plenty of sediment, and leaves a big two-fingered spritzy head which fades quickly to a layer atop the beer. The bottle gushed a bit upon opening.
Smell: Dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs) come out first along with big malts, spices, cloves, brown sugar, hint of banana, hint of alcohol.
Taste: Very interesting. Much different from the aroma. Alcohol soaked raisins and figs, malts, cloves, mixed nuts, molasses, maple candy, belgian yeast, brandy. Boy, this is complex.
Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a thick, yet slightly choppy mouthfeel. Hard to explain. Definitely the thickest quad I've tasted.
Overall: Truly a unique beer. Very interesting sweet flavors and a milder yet still somewhat sweet aroma. Definitely worth trying. I'd drink again if I found the opportunity - a great experience.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 23:15:26 | More by Resuin
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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