Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.9/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Based on notes from 7/21/11 bottle date:11-17-13 It was a bottle split with me by a good friend. Also, this is my 300th review.
A-Chestnut with a billow tan head. I am disappointed that there was no lacing or cascading.
S-Yeasty, boozy, dark fruits consisting of plums and raisins, but also some pearl and apple, with a hint of caramel. It is a complex nose.
T-Cocoa, alcohol, caramel, with some toffee and dark fruits. Surprisingly there is a slight hop bitterness which was unexpected. It was also fruitier than expected.
M-Slightly thick and somewhat chewy, balanced by a nice amount of carbonation. Honestly, it is not as thick as I expected it to be.
D-Complex, rich and satisfying-a beer I could drink for days.
Overall, I will admit I was slightly disappointed by the greatest beer in the world. That was obviously due to the extremely high expectations I had. That being said it is a great beer, but honestly I think St. Bernardus Abt. 12 is slightly better. However, I will definitely drink this again in the future. A must try for all lovers of beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2012 01:32:56 | More by thegodfather2701
4.3/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 33 cl botlte into a Westvleteren chalice. There is no more recognizable unmarked bottle in all the land. Best by 09.03.12.
My pour has a dark caramel brown color with a slight ruby tint, mostly opaque but transparent in the edges. Only a small off-white cap forms on the inital pour, and this fades to a few spotty islands remain, along with a fair amount of particulate, even with a gentle pour.
The aroma is full, deep, and smooth. Brown sugar, toasted bread, caramel, raisins, figs, plums, cinnamon, Belgian yeasty spice all combine to form a nuanced and complex aroma.
Especially as it warms up, the flavor is pretty fantastic. Brown sugar blends with toasted bread, caramel, and some nutmeg, cinnamon and general yeasty spice. Raisins, plums, and dark cherries come in as the body turns from medium / full to medium / light. Right at the end, just a bit of ethyl alcohol comes in, along with some red wine vinegar acidity. The carbonation starts on the light side, and it is practically flat by the time the beer is through. It is creamy and smooth, while still a bit grainy. Medium to full body.
While there was no way for this beer to live up to the "best beer ever," I thoroughly enjoyed the anticipation leading up to my first experience, and the beer itself was quite good as well.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2012 05:56:00 | More by KickInTheChalice
District of Columbia
4.4/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Classic and legendary offering, a bit over-hyped given the mystique and scarcity but still a well deserved top notch brew.
Presentation: 33 cl brown custom Trappist capped bottle. Characteristic lack of label or marking other than the cap, which shows in black, silver and gold name, seal, faintly legible date, and 10,2% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.
A - Deep hazy amber brown with a towering frothy head, good retention with nice surface memory and lacing.
S - Surprising nose, a tad subdued, funky, insinuation of sourness and caramel with some mustiness…
T - …which leads to a great shift in the palate, there is a rich fruity sense woven to the yeast, prunes, figs, dash of raspberries and apples going back to some raisins, caramel touch but not that sweet at all, hint of spices in the backbone… Slightly earthy with a tart port sense at points.
M - Medium full body with moderately tuned carbonation, nice flow with a creamy warmth as it closes.
O - Long and complex sipper. Quite a delight…
Notes: Sure, I would have it again, and again, and I did not pay tooo much for this bottle. But there is some undeniable hype riding here. Fruity and sweet character aside, this is on a similar league for me than, say, a Rochefort 10, which is readily available. Worth the try, and wishing I could ride up the monastery after having won the phone lottery to pick up a couple of legit cases. But that is another story...
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2012 13:50:19 | More by Daniellobo
4.7/5 rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Reviewed blindly from Blind BIF 6. Poured into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Bottle opened to a barely audible hiss. Gentle pour into glass is yielding no head, and I can already smell the must. As I near the bottom of the bottle, I quickly stop a thick and heavy sediment from making its way into my glass. Color is a dark ruby brown, and I get nothing but a few bubbles from the nucleation point and minimal wispy lacing. This looks like a quad, and one with some age on it.
Smell: Must dominates the nose - no doubt this has some serious age on it. Underneath I get raisins and caramel.
Taste: Sweet with a nice blend of raisins and caramel, even more fruity as it warms. The alcohol has molded into the beer nicely and makes it impossible to tell how strong it is, but something tells me this is an ass-kicker. Hint of oaky/woody flavor in here, but I don't think it's enough to say this is wood aged - more just earthy. I do get a bit of alcohol numbing on the back end, particularly as the beer warms. I will say, the one thing scaring me here is I'm not getting that Belgian yeast punch to the palate that I'd expect from a quad/strong dark. Got me worried that I'm way off here.
Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, but goes down smooth. The carb is surprisingly strong in the mouth given the still appearance of the beer.
Drinkability: High - I'm enjoying it immensely, but it's a sipper.
Overall: This is right up my alley. Love the style, love the age, love the beer. Would happily drink again. Fantastic beer.
Best by date of 4/18/10.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2012 02:37:15 | More by cbeer88
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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