Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.73/5 rDev +2.6%
Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this acquisition.
Note: I've wanted to try this for years (not that I am alone in this aspect), and this is truly an epic occasion
Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown color with some orange highlights - a gigantic head forms from a gentle pour, slowly fades to a remarkably thick cap - fluffy, absurdly creamy head, just looks pretty
Smell: Rich layers of Belgian yeast, spices, dark fruits, and malts - Belgian yeast tartness with some gentle clove - the fruity esters here are ridiculous - just about every dark fruit I can even identify, like grapes, figs, dates - lighter fruits, too, including cherries - some fruity sweetness - deep malts, very cooked, with caramel and molasses - a slight touch of port-like booze
Taste: Majestic- a nice, dry tartness that comes from a ton of dark fruit flavors - figs, dates, cherries, some spices, but surprisingly not a Belgian yeast bomb - on the sweet side, but not excessively sweet, and it's nicely balanced by some bitterness - dry molasses, toffee, caramel, with a touch of alcohol - very complex, but actually not as deep as the lovely aroma
Mouthfeel: Nearly full body, smooth, a little dry, creamy and great carbonation
Overall: Damn you monks!
Well, this lives up to the reputation. This is a fantastic quad. So many fruity esters, a great malt profile, and some bitterness that holds everything together. My only complaint is that it's has a little too much dry booze. This is pretty magical, but it's not the best beer I've ever had. I think this is a good thing, as this is not exactly easy to get.
04-28-2012 21:15:02 | More by angrybabboon
4.68/5 rDev +1.5%
Split the bottle with angrybabboon.
Appearance: Deep chocolate brown with garnet hues. Relatively clear with a slight chill haze. Pours with a huge khaki/tan head that persists. Head is creamy, bubbly, and thick. Some spotty lacing. This is what the style should be.
Smell: Plums and other dark fruit. Big bite of alcohol with a nice level of yeast influence. Notes of clove and banana along with a spicy estery backing. Some caramel. Loads of heat from the booze. Bread dough and malty sweetness. Raisins and a touch of red wine and oak. Very complex without being aggressive. Great depth. Spicy and sweet.
Taste: Raisins soaked in alcohol. Bready and caramel sweetness. Figs, plums, and hints of ripe cherry. Yeast is aggressive hitting big spicy clove notes with touches of banana. Loads of alcohol heat. Candi sugar sweetness. Very clean and complex. So much ripe fruit. It works really well with yeast strain. Sugar runs the gamut from caramel to toffee and ending just over the line of molasses. Manages to avoid becoming cloying. Estery spices and a big yeast work well with the overall sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected with a lively carbonation. Medium body and a very clean finish especially for the style. Drinks smooth and a touch creamy.
Overall: This is the best Belgian beer I've ever encountered. Loads of depth and complexity without being too much. Nice balance and the clean finish is damn impressive. Is it the best beer in the world, no. Is it damn good and worth drinking, absolutely.
04-28-2012 21:09:18 | More by Goblinmunkey7
5/5 rDev +8.5%
A huge thanks to Kevin for gracing me with this beer on multiple occasions. Reviewing with a documented version from around two months back.
A - A dark copper amber. A nice thick, frothy head with optimal lacing. Stunning.
S - So soft on my nose. Some dry sweetness, near no hop profile whatsoever. The best way I can describe this is by summoning the scent of a fresh loaf of bread, but beer!
T - Fantastic collection of spices, tingling my palette in ways I previously could not imagine. Bready malts and ripe dark fruits follow and the Westy finishes with a crisp and warm sensation. Top class!
M - Medium body which is rich, smooth and creamy. This defines a perfect mouthfeel. While it could be more stout/bold, this is refined excellence.
O - This lives up to the hype, I raise my glass to the Trappist monks of Westvleteren. Their passionate brewing has been transcribed into their product and warrants its throne atop the beer world.
04-28-2012 04:19:46 | More by mscudder
5/5 rDev +8.5%
Smells of grapes and raisins in the bottle give way to a floral aroma in the glass after it is poured. Pours out and gives an inch of head that quickly dissapates. It is golden in color and even more golden when held up to the light.
Upon drinking, I was so happy that I started giggling like a little girl. That's how good this stuff is. The taste is right in line with the smell, grapes, raisins, and a floral aroma. It feels great in my mouth and settles well in my stomach.
This is one of the best beers I have ever had, it could be my favorite if I had it more often.
04-25-2012 15:34:15 | More by DaveC93036
3.93/5 rDev -14.8%
A: Nice little light dark beer with a good head.
S: The smells of caramel but nothing more recognizable.
T: The taste of toffee. Bit bitter beer and a little sweet taste.
M: Light carbonation.
O: Fairly long finish but a bit on the light side, even some creamy. Had something more expected, will later do a review of this beer.
04-25-2012 09:14:57 | More by DARIVA
4.88/5 rDev +5.9%
Finally got to try it!
Appearance: It has a nice cloudy dark brown color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit, mainly plums and raisins, with brown sugar, spices, bready notes and belgian yeast.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has that complex fruity character with a mild spiciness, bready yeast notes, caramel/brown sugar sweetness and a mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a great overall balance, feel and complexity.
Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.
04-22-2012 17:55:54 | More by SebD
5/5 rDev +8.5%
Absolutely, positively the greatest example of an explosion of flavor.Coats the tongue with a blanket of awesomeness.A taste that you wish will not go away.If you can get your hands on this don"t be selfish and share the nectar of the gods with a great friend.
04-21-2012 04:19:57 | More by 49erLou
3.78/5 rDev -18%
For sale now in Holland. Had a bottle which was very young.
A Dark brown, with yeast clouds in it.
S Sweet chocolate and sugered fruits.
T. Full bodied, sweet chocolate and fruit and warming.
M. Warming due to the high alcohol level
O. A liquid bonbon.
04-20-2012 14:17:12 | More by schuim
4.38/5 rDev -5%
Not my favorite style, but damn tasty non the less.
A: Single finger head, decent retention, creamy off-white color settling to a thin white film. The body itself is deep rusty colored brew that is partly cloudy, but still allowed you to see bubble rising to the top.
S: Cherries, grain, dark fruits, belgian yeat, green apples and other tart notes. High ABV was surprisingly not detectable.
T: Did a side by side with Rochefort 10 and Abt 12. I found the Westy to be the winner due to its subtle richness and high level of drinkability. I detected hints of cherry, but much more in the grain and dark fruit department.
M: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.
O: Pretty damn good.
04-16-2012 19:02:49 | More by tjkinate
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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