Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.88/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Cap date 09.03.12, so it’s ~3 years old. Opened as part of a 4-way blind(!) taste test with Abt 12, Rochefort 10, and Malheur 12. Thanks to Sarah for administering!
Hazy, deep brown pour yields one to two fingers of head with stubborn retention. The four of us participating all remarked on its aroma when smelling the (unbeknownst to us) Westy for the first time. It holds layers upon layers of complexity that the others simply couldn’t match.
The term "bready" is often thrown around, but Westy 12 actually smells like a freshly baked loaf of bread. Surprisingly strong caramel character too with a more tame spiciness than the others. As stated, we all agreed that this was the best aroma of the bunch.
Extremely complex flavor profile without an over-reliance on the style’s traditional spice characteristics. Tons of caramel (again) atop an already intriguing set of flavors. Bready. Significantly more interesting than the others. Finishes slightly sweet with lingering caramel amidst the boozy warmth.
Westy 12 sports a fuller body than its peers; noticeably more luscious and creamy than the others. Plenty of carbonation, but not too much.
Despite everything I've written, I can't drink this the way I do stouts or sours. It's become grueling for me to drink a Belgian these days, though this is certainly my favorite non-sour Belgian. The monks at Westvleteren deserve the hype they’ve earned over the years. Not the best beer in the world, but I'm rating to style and this is unquestionably the best Belgian Quad in the world -- particularly with a few years of age. I've since had Westy 12 fresh and, while it was still great, it couldn't compare to this ~3-year-old bottle.
...and in case you're wondering, my order of preference ended up being: Westy 12, Malheur 12, Abt 12, and finally Rochefort 10. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2012 06:13:42 | More by brystmar
4.78/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Big thanks to Brabander. Bottle cap date of 18/11/14 so bottled on 11/18/11
A: Murky ice tea color. Tons of carbonation streaming up to form a nice foamy light tan head, looks like a head on a nice oatmeal stout. Great head retention, decent lacing. Love that color.
S: Bready, floral and dark fruits (mainly figs and plums). Some tart apples, thought the nose would be a bit stronger, but still good.
T: Wow! So complex. So smooth. Up front there's nice bready malt with toffee and rich dark fruits. Again, plums, figs and prunes? Then comes some tart green apples and a bit of spice from the yeast. Finishes a bit warming that brings a nice carmel/toffee sweetness and slight tartness that lasts and lasts. It literally makes your mouth water after each sip.
It's incredibly hard to pin down all the flavors since there is so much going on.
M: Mouthfeel is awesome. High on the medium side, with a lot of carbonation, but its not prickly. Weird since it's so smooth, like liquid velvet.
O: In one word; phenomenal. Awesome drinkability and the ABV is hidden pretty well. I was a little concerned about the hype, but this lived up to it for sure.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2012 00:08:51 | More by herman77
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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