Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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4.88/5 rDev +5.9%
This review is from notes so I will be neither lengthy nor flowery of speech.
First off, thank you to Phatz for going to great lengths and expense to get this bottle and then showing his true nature by being so kind and generous as to share it with me.
A: This beer sits in the bowels of my snifter a dark caramel-swirled brown coated in a full head of sullen khaki with expertly clingy lace.
S: Wildflowers and alcohol. Spiced plums and earthy scents. Mild yeast.
T: Sweetened prunes and melted caramel start things off. After that the taste becomes so incredibly smooth and complex in a way that defies tacked-down descriptions of individual flavor components.
I pondered over my share of this beer for some time trying to identify and capture the flavors that make up the taste of this beer.
Eventually I decided that they are too tightly woven, and mellow, and strong, and muted, and complex to be picked apart and written about as individual elements. Instead, I have decided that this beer must be appreciated and enjoyed in its entirety, and that it does in fact taste like Trappist Westvleteren 12.
M: Very smooth and mild on the tongue. Prickly and tart at first before turning immediately mellow.
D: A strong beer but infinitely quaffable. The combination of flavors and textures in this bottle truly put this beer in league unto itself. If it were more accessible I could drink several of these every day for a long time without tiring of it.
This beer is at peace with itself and the world. There are no internal conflicts or doubts. All the elements and flavors are in harmony working together to bring a sense of quiet stillness and well being to those who consume it.
08-12-2006 21:01:58 | More by froggyfrog
3.15/5 rDev -31.7%
Poured into my Chimay goblet. It literally changed color in front of my eyes! Left the yeast floating in the bottom of the bottle. Golden brown (started off a lot lighter), no head, no lacing. Seemed flat and uncarbonated.
Aroma of cinammon, brown sugar, pungent hop aroma, caramel.
Very sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Couldn't help but notice it had a flat cola type of taste; I honestly wasn't impressed.
Medium bodied but lacking carbonation. Flavor does remain on the palate, along with a slight hop bitterness.
Decent drinkability, but I would find it infinitely more interesting if it were carbonated. I have one more bottle in my fridge and I really hope it's carbonated; if it is and it tastes a helluva lot better then I'll repost an edit on my review.
10-07-2009 15:47:31 | More by davexisxrabid
4.88/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a rich, dense dark velvet brown into a chalice. 2 inch foamy head dissipates very slowly into an inch cream lace.
Sweet grapes, with some figs on the nose, very subtle and very inviting.
Extremely chewy on the palate, sweet malts, brown sugar flavors with grapes and raisins in there also, mixed in with the spices making it one damn complex brew! Just amazing!
Alcohol creeps up, warming the body, very soothing.
An extremely amazing beer! Hail to the Trappist Monks of Belgium, once again and always!!
Could not recommend this one enough!
Thank you, Merci, Dankje!!!!
06-06-2012 23:05:50 | More by leokbelo
4.15/5 rDev -10%
Aroma: Dark fruits. Plums, raisins, prunes. Spices.
Looks: Very little head. (I poured it sort of gently into a Konnigss Hoeven goblet). Light brown with orange/copper highlights. No lace.
Taste: Some alcoholic warmth. Same flavours as in aroma, but with a little bitterness to balance. There was some noticeable sweetness left in the beer. There is lots of depth and complexity here. I enjoyed the beer, and I know that it enjoys a great reputation, but I picked up some almost worty flavours in it.
Mouthfeel: Chewy, full bodied. Low carbonation, which suited the beer nicely.
08-02-2009 20:28:16 | More by BrewSomerville
4.97/5 rDev +7.8%
Pours dark brown with a foamy white 2 inch head.
Smells - like a grape juice. I don't know how else to explain this other than welchs grape juice.
Taste - follows the nose to a T. Super fruity grapes and furctose sugar. A hint of bitterness from grapes citric acid.
Overall - super smooth and easy to drink. I concur on the hype to this. Super smooth and savory!
06-29-2011 03:28:14 | More by badboyrsl84
4.69/5 rDev +1.7%
A: pours a dark brown colored brew, with copper / mahogany glints to light. Nice head with a good retention that leaves nice lacing above a thin film of foam.
S: The nose is deep and sweet. Malts, some phenolic esters also but nothing disturbing here. Dark fruits, grapes, raisins, plums, peaches, a bit spicy (cloves) and yeasty. Very complex and hard to describe.
T: Sweet malts, caramel, faint notes of chocolate, lots of dark fruits, cherries, bananas, hints of alcohol. Typical Belgian yeasts bready flavors on the finish. Warming. Slightly bitter.
M: Very carbonated but full bodied.
O: Very complex and well balanced but so easy to drink! With 2-3 years on it, definitely one my favorite beers!
01-30-2012 21:24:42 | More by Fux
4/5 rDev -13.2%
Wow, I can't beleive i found this beer! Anyway..
As expected, poured a dark, yet clear beer with alot of yeast and nice head.
Taste: Raisins, dark candy fruit, a spiciness. I'm actually surprised at the lack of complexity. To me, a nice Dark Strong Ale, but overall not as enjoyable as some others. I realize this is the "king" of DSA, but to me, not the best.
Overall: Wonder full, I'm glad I tried it, but I prefer some others. Particularly given the cost and difficulty getting this. Perhaps some fresh from the brewer would be ideal.
06-04-2011 22:58:51 | More by jbonapar
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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