Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.7/5 rDev +2%
Have been sitting on this a while until the right special occasion came along...
Pours a medium brown, clouded with some yeast sentiment, moderately firm khaki head, gone quickly leaving spotty lacing. Scent was fantastic, as it brought a wonderfully blended concoction of brown sugar, light molasses, honey, doughy and yeasty undercooked bread, prune, fig, raisin, apple and light spicing. Was expecting a slap in the face from the taste, but was greeted with a smooth, blended combination of the notes from the scent. Bready, fruity, sweet, savory in all the right quantities. Medium bodied, moderately bubbly, better towards the end as carbonation escapes. Overall, a truly exceptionally crafted beer. Always hard to live up to the hype, but in the way everything blends and layers, it is a work of art.
02-28-2012 14:35:17 | More by rfgetz
4.78/5 rDev +3.7%
Bottle from Michael, who found a small availability at a bottle shop in Vancouver. Trappist bottle, cap was marked with 22-09-13, which I assume is the best before date.
From a tasting on February 19. Poured into my Victory snifter.
Where to start? Appearance was fantastic. Beautiful deep amber color, clear with chunks of sediment floating in it.
Aroma consists of ju-jube, dates, white raisins, quite a lot of pitted dried fruitiness going on in there. No hop aroma at all, which was expected.
Taste was bread, yeast, ju-jube, dates, raisins and candy sugar.
Mouthfeel was super creamy and smooth. Virtually no alcohol detected at all, which is amazing considering the ABV. Would describe similar to Rochefort 10 only much smoother and even more complex.
Definitely worth the expense and trouble to give this a try.
02-25-2012 23:12:14 | More by DaPan
4.88/5 rDev +5.9%
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!
02-13-2012 06:13:42 | More by brystmar
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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