Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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United Kingdom (Wales)
4.43/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Big thanks to Zimbo for sending me this!
Pours a dark brown with a tinge of red colour bordering on completely black. Creamy and small off white head.
Smells dark, fruity, malty and a hint of booziness too.
Tastes quite lovely, dark fruits, caramalised sweetness and slightly rum-like booziness. Teeny tiny hint of a bitter tang. Crazy mouthfeel, it's almost like i'm chewing it!
Overall a very tasty beer, half a point knocked off for being so hard to drink any amount of.
03-11-2012 22:54:26 | More by CwrwAmByth
4.48/5 rDev -2.8%
18.11.14 bottle cap date. Served in a Westvleteren goblet.
Pours with a voluminous two fingers of dark tan foam, dissipates quickly without much lacing. The body is a nearly opaque dark plum color, hues of dark red.
Smells of dark fruits and berries. Grapes, raisins, cherries, vinous red wine and some tobacco. Also a strong caramel malt backbone to balance.
Taste is very grape-forward, like a port with dark fruits, rum, caramel, finishing dry with a little wood. This beer is so smooth and the alcohol well hidden.
Great mouthfeel for a quad, not too syrupy or heavy. Carbonation is present but soft, and the beer is dry with mild stickiness. Not much alcohol heat either.
I don't think this is the best beer in the world but it's a superb one nonetheless. Very drinkable for a 10.2% quad and not too sweet. It's excellent, highly recommended, and worthy of the acclaim.
03-11-2012 05:33:38 | More by islandboi8204
4.53/5 rDev -1.7%
330ml naked bottle, best before Oct 2013, courtesy of tbeckett - cheers, man! I've heard of this Trappist moniker for a while now, so after a bit of googlemappery, it is nice to see that there is indeed a place called 'Vleteren', with a West and of course, an Oost. Nice.
This beer pours a dark, murky, dishwater brown hue, with a fair amount of swirling, suspended sediment, and one ascetic finger of tightly foamy specked beige head, which doesn't wait around for alms, leaving only a few isolated beads of lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.
It smells of sharply bready grain - somewhat sourdough-esque, astringent dark sugar, vinous, floral Madeira, fruity prunes, and a slight apple cider tartness. The taste is a whole lot sweeter than the aroma let on - the nose, it seems, doesn't always know. Caramel malt, tempered by a furthered sour bread character, mildly spiced, in a down-low Noel manner, soft, but firm drupe fruitiness, a subtle leafy, herbal hop dryness, and some sneaky, underhanded rum cake booze warming.
The bubbles are quite frankly, all played out, and not very noticeable, excepting the effect they must have in keeping the fruity, medium-heavy body from even dancing near cloyingness, but rather into an abject, enveloping smoothness. It finishes like a well balanced dessert - multifaceted sweetness, well modulated by ethereal hop and alcohol. Bravo.
Well, the hype, she can be one harsh mistress, but this time, she really puts out - a stellar example of the 'quad' style, or what have you. Complex, balanced, strong yet soft, and beguiling. Like the beer itself, I took a wee spell to warm up, but once it got going, it was very hard to stop. Taken as part of my Winter 2012 Quad Tasting - a rather pushed forward affair, seeing how our 'winter' has petered out this year (spring-like weather in my hood in early March is quite unusual), here's how the Westy 12 fared against its nearest locally available competition:
Westvleteren 12: as above.
Rochefort 10: complex, yessiree - but in a somehow more simple (mea culpa) manner, i.e. - your stellar, GGG wife, until you are presented with the idea of that SI swimsuit model of a particular adolescent fantasy.
St. Bernardus ABT 12: everything going for it to compete, except for the big step up in complexity that the Westy presents. Nothing bad to say - just another subtle reminder of that 'there'll always be someone bigger and/or stronger' maxim of life.
So, after all that - mere tenths of rating points divide this hedonistic, rarified harbinger of kingdom in the sky end days from its slightly more pedestrian brethren - I shall be taking that into consideration as I move forward in the beer-imbibing world.
03-11-2012 01:45:37 | More by biboergosum
District of Columbia
4.73/5 rDev +2.6%
dark brown with a tan head that holds and leaves pretty lace. nose is plum, roasted nuts (reminds me of roasting pecans and chestnuts a bit), stone fruit pits, golden raisin and some mild spice (anise? dark spice). all of this is on top of a soothing kind of rum soaked alcohol presence. just wonderful. taste is huge, with flavors of plum, nut and raisins just singing in perfect harmony with the booze notes and phenols. full body with the classic belgian-style light-as-air feeling and a healthy pricklyness to open up the palate and dig the flavors in. the booze is there for sure, but it amplifies and harmonizes more than anything. a true world-class classic brew. thanks dan!
03-09-2012 23:05:14 | More by timtim
United Kingdom (England)
4.68/5 rDev +1.5%
Received with many thanks from the legendary Zimbo.
Pours a rich chocolate brown with reddish hues and wispy cream clouds rather than a head.
The aroma is very strong in there is sherry, molasses, rum, bootleg scrumpy and red diesel.
Taste wise it makes me think barley wine, it hits the tongue like a sherbet coated sugar plum then zings along with dark rum hints continuously warming the mouth.
I can't completely go into all of the flavours going on.
Strange thing is as strong as it is, it isn't heavy, not in mouthfeel or flavour.
Quite lively put without being too fizzy.
Is it the best beer in the world?
Well it is fantastically good, but I think the heavy weight alcoholic strength would make it the world's best strong ale.
03-01-2012 21:28:30 | More by EmperorBevis
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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