Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.6/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Westvleteren 12. 2010 vintage. Poured into its Westy chalice.
Soft hiss crack. Poured out brown for the first half, then a sludgy dark brown accidentally slipped in. Poor decanting left a colony of yeast dredge on the foam top. The head looks excellent. Stays intact after a long time, like a blanket. The beer is a deep chestnut purple-brown. Classic Westy look.
Earthy brown bread maltiness, figgy fruits, phenols, Belgian chocolate, nutty yeast, prune, and dry light roast. Mild herbal character. No leftover booze to speak of. Some umami aromas included here. Hard to describe. Maybe stewed fruits.
Rich maltiness with brown bread and mild spiciness from phenols and moderate bitterness. Fig, raisin, nutty chocolate, clove, mild roast, medicinal notes, and candi sugar leftovers. Pleasantly, on the dry side. So much going on, and nothing that really dominates. A hearty brew with savory notes and an immense body of endless size and smoothness. So brothy in flavor and in feel. Nice bubble pop here and there in the mouth. Incredible feel.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 23:36:07 | More by thecheapies
4.75/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Westvleteren 12 ( xii )
APPEARANCE: Pours a deep muddy opaque brown, with a frothy, rocky ecru colored head. Sheeting lacing that is dissipating the head rapidly as I watch bringing it down to a spotted thin halo. Very interesting to watch that.
AROMA: Super bountiful bouquet, lots of plum, raisins, dates and brandy right away. Christmas spices hanging around with some sweet caramelized brown sugars that are ever present.
TASTE: Complex flavors that change with every sip. Rich sweet dark deep fruits, cocoa layered with a malty sweetness. Some over ripe banana and those winter spices. There is a bit of hear from the alcohol but still nicely balanced.
MOUTHFEEL: Full body with lazy low carbonation. Creamy and chewy that really expands in your mouth. Long sweet finish with a slight bit of bitterness.
OVERALL: This was on my beer bucket list and it's hard not to be biased from all the hype. I do think it lived up to it though. I think it's a brilliant example of the style and I am really happy I got to try it. I don't feel like it's mind blowing and I can't say it's the best Belgian Quad in the world because I haven't had a lot to compare it to but on its own it really was a pretty amazing beer!
RATING: 4.8/5 Zombie Heads!
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 19:39:27 | More by BeerZombies1
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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