Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.98/5 rDev +8%
A huge thank you to Brabander for my first (hopefully not the last) Westy 12.
A - Pours a dark muddy brown beneath a permanent creamy head and expansive sheets of lacing. Good start.
S - Woah....cant talk...ohh... hold on...F*ck this smells incredible. Thick wafts of creamy chocolate and marshmellow, hazelnut, freshly baked brown bread, musk, yeast, rye, slightly medicinal. Just bloody orgasmic.
T - Much of the same on the tongue, with the addition of dark fruits, particularly prune. Sweet rosewater, nutty turkish delight, rocky road, deep bready grains. An unmitigated joy.
M - Smoooth. Mellow with a soft warmth like a dying fire. FULL body. Complex to the extreme and indescribably delicious.
O - I had this in the pantry for about a year, waiting for that special occasion to crack this one open. One rainy, windy Friday evening at home with the wife I decided that given the hype of this beer, it must be a special occasion in itself to drink a Westy 12, and I can tell you now that I was not wrong. Incredible depth of flavour, sumptuous heavenly aroma, reaches the dizziest heights of beer quality. Exceeds the hype. Best beer I have ever had.
09-25-2012 07:30:51 | More by dansmcd
4.85/5 rDev +5.2%
dark brown colour with a fine head, very complex aroma: bread, raisins and black chocolate, impressive malty palate, deep balance between sweetness and bitterness, slightly oily, the finish is moderately dry showing candy sugar, plums, gingerbread and a long warming alcohol touch - my deep consideration goes to the monks who are brewing this wonder and who make me think for a moment that I'm living in paradise
09-20-2012 04:47:35 | More by funkyaudio
3.85/5 rDev -16.5%
Big thanks to bitterbill for helping me knock this one off the to do list!
A: murky brown with some amber highlights. little specs of sediment are seen floating around. thin brown head fizzed out to nothing in no time flat.
S: toffee, plums, figs, raisins and rubbing alochol.
T: sweet dark fruits and alochol is about it.
M: Starts thin but finishes thick as syrup. Warming effects from the alochol. Seems kinda flat, could use more carbonation.
O: Quads are far from my favorite style and I was expecting this bottle to be wasted on me but I rather enjoyed it.
09-20-2012 01:29:24 | More by match1112
4.1/5 rDev -11.1%
Thanks to n2185 for the bottle. Best by 14 Jun 2015; assuming that means it was bottled June 2010. Tasted 9 September 2012, reviewed from notes.
Pours a murky medium-brown amber, yellowish at the edges. One finger of cream-colored head. Decent retention and lacing.
Smell is a combination of thin high-nose volatile compounds, and deep fruits like plums and dates. Nice varied fruity aromas. Sugar is fairly low, and it's not as sweet or as complex as I would hope.
Taste is fine, but most of the flavors are shallow fruity flavors, not really wowing me. Has some deeper flavors, but they're tough to dig out. Main complaint is that it's lacking the layering and depth that the best big big beers have. Alcohol is strong in the flavor, as an astringent bitterness that comes in late. Good, but not my favorite.
Mouthfeel is slick and full, with medium-low carbonation. Just fine.
What can I say? I know tons of people love this beer. I hope to try it again, to see if my opinion remains the same. But for now, I find it to be in the upper tier of quads, but definitely not at the top. I prefer some others over it by a decent margin.
09-18-2012 16:50:55 | More by zeledonia
4.38/5 rDev -5%
Had this at the Marienbad Restaurant/Chaucer pub, London Ontario of all places. No idea about freshness, vintage, etc. Served colder than I would like, and too gentle of a pour by yours truly.
A - Poured a dark, brown. First a bit translucent, but cloudy later on with the swirled yeast.
S - Nose is ripe, fruity. Dark sugary aroma.
T - Huge flavours. Dark fruit, raisins, prunes, concord grapes. Spicy, winey, and thick molasses. Big alcohol and moderate backing bitterness. Very sweet, smooth but also very heavy and strong.
M - Heavy, sweet and not quite syrupy but with smoothness to it.
D - Definite sipper, and TBH something I would prefer to split 2 ways. Still, amazing complexity and flavour.
09-18-2012 02:12:13 | More by allergictomacros
4.58/5 rDev -0.7%
Finally decided to crack open my sole bottle of this much heralded beer. Roughly two years in the cellar, after drinking it I could easily see how this would be a prime candidate for extended aging. Perhaps when it becomes available stateside I will spring for a box and stash it away.
Pours a deep mahogany with faint reddish highlights; a small cream colored head settles fairly quickly but becomes a foamy cappuccino topping as it rests and remains there for the duration of the beer. Patchy lacing slips around the sides of the glass. The aroma is complex as is the taste. In fact this is one of the most complex beers I’ve tried, with tons of nuanced layers emerging over time and as the beer warms. Rum-soaked raisins and fruitcake, apples, almonds and marzipan, toffee and caramel, plums, figs, dates, and prunes all make an appearance. Each sip reveals another facet. Has to be served at cellar temperature to glean all of these fine details. A restrained bitterness emerges in the aftertaste, and the finish is fairly dry, with fading memories of dark fruit, pleasantly warming alcohol, and marzipan.
Medium-bodied and carbonated, clean and crisp, but velvety smooth and creamy. Yes, it’s probably a bit overrated due to its scarcity, but it’s certainly the best quad I’ve tried. Others come close, and it doesn’t destroy Rochefort 10 or even the best of De Dolle, but it is better than them, deeper and more complex but a good measure. Worthy of its place atop the pantheon of Trappist beers to be sure.
09-17-2012 15:32:08 | More by tobelerone
4.48/5 rDev -2.8%
Bottle dated 25.8.12 . Just over three years old.
A: Dark amber, brown with a creamy half-finger head. Glass w/o yeast shows some light when held up, but the glass w/ swirled yeast is much darker.
S: Rich dark fruits. Deep toffee. Fairly sweet, lightly floral. Namely fig, dark plum, and candied fruit in the nose.
T: Sweet fig. The ultimate malt-forward beer, with candied fruit, moderately spicy bread. The glass with the swirled yeast is stronger in flavor, but introduces phenolic notes which I do not enjoy. So, pour carefully.
M: Thin to moderate in body with moderate to high carbonation. Works well.
O: Very good. Obviously hyped, but more enjoyable than any other Trappist beer that I've tried. At three years, it's tasting very nicely.
09-17-2012 01:55:58 | More by Hophead717
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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