Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4/5 rDev -13.2%
Tasting this beer at all was a convergence of split second timing, vacation angst, and dumb luck. Google led me to the only bar in Brussels that served it, a gorgeous place built in the 1400's I think (and last painted in the 1600's I would wager). Perhaps it was the road weary barmaid or the loco dude siting to my right who was deep into a political debate with someone sitting between us that only he could see, but I hate to say that I was not that impressed. The beer is very complex with deep malty flavors, alcohol forward, caramel and nuts, nice bitterness, but it tasted like every other quad I've ever had. And it was served at what I would call spit-warm cellar temp, which seemed wrong. If I ever find myself in Belgium again, I'm going to the brewery. No more f'ing around, because I believe in second chances.
08-23-2014 00:20:21 | More by smallberries
4/5 rDev -13.2%
Review input from notes, enjoyed 01/10/11. Big thanks to Carleton, Spdkilz, for the bottle. Cheers buddy!
Pours a dark brown with slight maroon hues. Fairly large antique white head recedes at a moderate pace. A decent amount of lacing left clinging to the glass.
The aroma is rather herbal and sweet. Brown sugar and dates. I am not getting the depth with the dark fruit that I hoped for. The herbal and spicy aroma are coming through much more clearly than the sweeter scents.
Deeply caramelized sugars and raisins come sweep across the front of the palate. Strong yeast characteristics, cloves and anise, appear mid palate. Medicinal flavor is a bit to pronounced, not a fan of the phenols here. Earthy hops flavor is subtle.
Medium bodied, carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Finish is clean but moderately long. The residual flavor does cling to the tongue a bit.
Maybe my expectations were too high, maybe my palate was not feeling it, I am just not finding what makes this the worlds best beer. Pleasant to drink, I am not sure I want more than one in a sitting. Good beer, worth trying atleast once in your lifetime.
02-04-2011 21:47:02 | More by kzoobrew
4/5 rDev -13.2%
Pours dark brown with a decent size tan head that slowly recedes. A light perfuminess mixes with sweet ripe fruitiness in the aroma. Raisin, plums, and figs, a caramel breadiness as well. Taste is a mix of chocolate and more of the ripe fruity maltiness mix with belgian sugars and sugar cane flavors. There is a crisp peppery hoppiness that begins mid taste and blends with a warming alcohol and some smokiness in the finish. Medium to heavy in body. Besides the warmth in the finish, alcohol is very well balanced, peppery bitterness helps to cut the richness from the malts. Easy to drink, I look forward to seeing what some age does to this one.
01-01-2007 04:11:59 | More by hoppymeal
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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