Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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5/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Well, hell...if any beer deserves straight 5's, this beer does.
Alright...every other beer stand aside, you too Chimay Grande Reserve and Stone Imperial Stout, Westy 12 has captured me too. I will admit to being slightly skeptical about its reputation and fully expected to be let down, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. I must now spend every last waking moment seeking out this beer. Well, there goes my retirement income.
The beers appearance earned the lowest rating in my scorecard, but at 4.5, who can complain. Actually, I wish there was a 4.75 rating that I could have selected. The first pour was a dark copper in color with a controllable dense, khaki head. Some yeast floating here and there, but remarkably clear. Second pour included the bulk of the yeast sediment, and created a much darker, murky, brownish-amber color. Head creation was good on the second pour as well. The head stuck around and left substantial lace through the beer. The aroma is very aromatic. Smells of sweet toasted bread. The aroma is also quite yeasty, reminding me of a bakery. Hints of honey and caramel round out the smell. Tastes malty sweet. Loads of freshly baked bread and molasses, sweet fruit, caramel, chocolate (to a lesser degree), and toffee find there way into the taste spectrum. The alcohol taste is not blatantly apparent for a beer of 11%. Very viscous and chewy mouthfeel, and incredible smooth. Very easy to drink, with no edges left unsanded.
I don't see how any beer could get better than this. In fact, I may change my rating to a straight 5 later. Let me think it over a little.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2003 16:46:56 | More by philipt
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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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