Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Reviews by scootny:
4.78/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
11.2 oz bottle poured gently into my Chimay chalice. A cloudy, coffee color with wisps of bubbles on top and a ring around the edge. No visible carbonation and some sediment made its way in. Scattered spots of lace on my glass.
Smell is candy sugar and malted grains. Bready notes are played along with a touch of brandy. Fusel alcohol is mixed with belgian yeast esters, associated fruits like banana, and spices.
Taste is big malty sweetness featuring a shade of molasses and dark fruits. Alcoholic bite sets in but is never aggressive. Yeast brings out a brandy like facet as in the Westy 8 but it is more forward due to the alcoholic presence that is invisible in the 8. Fruits like figs, raisins and banana swirl in and out. While not as overtly layered and complex as the 8 it is nonetheless a multifaceted brew. Actually the layering and complexity is more subtle and harder to dissect. The finish is mildly bitter with a short hop kiss and a gently lingering alcoholic note that fades to dark breads and sweet rolls.
Mouthfeel is perfectly weighted, light with enough girth to chew on, gently slick, subtle carbonation.
Drinkability is very good for this abv. While not a session beer, certainly one that is easy to drink too fast because of it's ease of consumption.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2008 03:50:41 | More by scootny
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4.83/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Cap dated April 20, 2009, making this about six years and three months old. Stored at cellar temp since it arrived in the States in 2006. Last one; I drank the most recent in the spring of 2008. 330ml bottle poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Dark copper with a minimal but dense and persistent beige head. Head dissipates into a very swirly crown. Very hazy with pieces of sediment (unsurprising due to the age) floating around, despite my careful attempts to avoid pouring them.
Massive, complex bouquet. Huge alcohol and esters. Rum-like fusels with a ton of fruit flavors; cherry, plum, raisin, dark berries. Medicinal and slightly spicy phenols. Toffee, bready, and caramel malts and candi sugar. Molasses. Slightly nutty.
The flavor is just as ridiculously complex as the nose, but a little more subdued. Soft, sweet candi sugar combines with a ton of fruity esters. The cherries give it almost a little vinous flavor, but it combines with dates and raisins. The malts are big and sweet and indicating toffee and caramel(along with the candi sugar), but not even remotely close to cloying. Warmth from the alcohol brings about an excellent balance, and the yeasty esters and phenols give it a little bit of sharpness.
Moderately carbonated; it may have dropped after six years in the bottle. Medium body, but it stands up to the alcohol and massive flavor profile. The alcohol gives it a more substantial feel and some warmth, but it is still fairly smooth.
For the first few years I was on this site, it was considered the Holy Grail beer. I have drank it before but never rated it, but this one is utterly phenomenal. Even if not the best beer in the world, it lives up to its hype. Apparently six years isn't too long to age it either. Absolutely wonderful and I hope I get the chance to drink another one of these again.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 18:42:58 | More by Phocion
4.88/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Nice hiss and carbon smoke on open.
Effervescent like champagne as it hits your tongue, then melts into figs, raisins, grapes, chocolate... no alcohol on it at all.
For a quad, this is superb, as expected.
**When I got this, I wasn't expecting it to live up to the hype. In all honesty, this surpassed all the hype and expectations. It's a fantastic beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 16:36:01 | More by bbarclay
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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