Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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5/5 rDev +8.5%
Best by 1.27.15. Haven't had one in 5 years.
Pours a hazy raisiny-brown color with sediment and a large fluffy tan head with excellent retention and lace.
Smells of rich dried fruits such as dates, raisin and figs. A touch boozy. Caramel and Belgian candy. Even a touch of spice like mild cinnamon.
Flavor explosion following the characteristics noted in the nose. Dark dried fruits especially. Again a touch of heat which I love and fits this beer. I wanna know this will fuck me up when I drink it.
Mouth is bright and effervescent with high carbonation. Ligh bodied yet slightly sticky.
Overall just a world class phenomenal beer. It's been a long time since I was able to enjoy one of these guys. I love it young and look forward to trying my other one with a few years on it in the near future.
08-28-2012 00:28:11 | More by MrVonzipper
4.78/5 rDev +3.7%
Best before 19/06/2015 so this one is fresh.
Poured all of it without swirling the yeast, so I poured a bit of it but not all.
So this is a dark brown, hazy beer. Not that much light coming through, quite some visual carbonation when poured in the Westvleteren chalice and a small off white head with good retention.
Smells rather complex, lots of dark fruits, sweet melon oddly enough, molasses and also rather vinious. Dark caramel malts in this too.
This is a sweet fruity beer, dark fruits, some melon sweetness but also a beer a rather firm malty backbone to it. Slightly alcoholic but it only adds to this beer. Very good stuff.
Medium to full bodied, quite alot of carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Highly drinkable.
Overall a very good beer, I love Belgian Darks so this one is right up my alley. Recommended although I do not believe it is really worth the kind of money some people dare to ask for it. I bought a couple of sampling kits from the abbey and they were €9 for 3 bottles, one of each of their beers.
Best beer? Probably not but for the rather small style of quadrupels this one is probably the most complex and probably the best, atleast compared to the ones I had.
08-25-2012 15:17:45 | More by IPA35
4.03/5 rDev -12.6%
17/12/13 On the cap
Very dark, purplish brown body, small amount of white head. Not much lacing.
Sweet and fruity, not much going on.
Fruity and malty all the way, reminescent of grape juice than another specific fruit. mellow flavor overall, with low-to mid lingering of flavor.
Good mouthfeel, medium bodied, light alcohol presence.
Overall very good but not in my top beers. It seems well balanced and the alcohol is hidden exceptionally well, but is more of a one-note beer than I expected.
08-21-2012 02:47:26 | More by zachary80
4.08/5 rDev -11.5%
Dated 14.12.14 so if my Westy math is correct this a 2011 vintage. Shared by me at the Star Wars tasting. Served in a Dechutes tulip.
A: Pours a cloudy, dark amber color. Almost brown in color. A frothy white head forms on the pour and leaves nice, sticky sheets of lace.
S: Big yeasty notes up front, some fruity esters and minimal dark fruit. Bready malts are also heavy on the nose.
T: Dark fruits, figs and dates, are up front neck and neck with the big sweet yeast notes. Bready malts with some light caramelization. Pale malts and some fruity esters.
M: Slightly prickly carbonation with a nice and smooth medium body. There is some slight chew to it as well. Sweet and doughy on the finish.
O: While this was good I'd rather spring for a Rochefort 10 anyday. It didn't have enough burnt sugar and caramelization for me.
08-20-2012 18:49:36 | More by Treebs
4.73/5 rDev +2.6%
Bottled served in a weizen glass dated 3/19/2009
A - Opaque cream brown with ruby tints with a 1.5 finger fluffy head with excellent head retention and excellent clumpy, sticky lacing around the whole glass.
S - Candied dates, raisins, molasses, alcohol, funky bready yeast, lemon, bread pudding, fruit cake.
T - Very sweet dark fruit initially like sipping the essence of Christmas, dates, plums, candied raisins, molasses, honey notes are follows by warming alcohol which dances with the bready, biscuity yeast flavors and finishes with a nice comforting smooth creamy dark fruit finish.
M - Medium body, moderate-low carbonation, sticky with a lot of warming alcohol.
O - An excellent beer, I close my eyes and think of sitting next to a warm fire in winter. I'm doubtful this is the best beer in the world as some tout but it is certainly quite good and I'm very happy to share this experience with some close friends I haven't seen in a long time.
08-19-2012 13:06:15 | More by williamjbauer
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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