Beer #134 Westvleteren 12

Westvleteren 12

Name:  Trappist Westvleteren 12

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Brewery: Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) website

Country:  Belgium

Region:  Westvleteren

ABV: 10.2% Abv

How served: 330ml capped bottle poured into a vintage Abbij St. Sixtus goblet.         

My Overall Opinion: Amazing. 

I paired this beer with: Calissons d’Aix

Tasted on:  Monday August 9th, 2010. 

Note:  The Cap is stamped with a 19/09/10 date, meaning this beer will be 3 years old this September 19th.  I let it warm to 50° before I opened the bottle.  This bottle opened with a “hiss” and poured a deep dark cloudy brown with a one finger tan head on a slow easy pour.  The head leaves a nice thin lace on the glass.  The nose was sweet with hints of dried fruit (raisins/plums), licorice, chocolate and bit of alcohol .   The taste is of caramel, dried raisins, prunes, vanilla, sweet candy (is that licorice again) and a hint of cherries. The mouthfeel is of medium creamy feel with a nice pleasant warmth from the 10.2% abv.   This is a very drinkable brew and I’m going to be heading to my fridge for an encore.

Westvleteren 12 cap dated 19 09 10

On the Label:  What label?

From their website:  All images remain property of the Abbey of Saint Sixt and cannot be reproduced.

In De Vrede, the café at Brouwerij Westvleteren will be the 1st place we visit on our Belgium Beer Barge Tour in October 2010.  Here will taste not only a fresh 12 & 8 but also the Blonde.  What a great way to start vacation.  If you want to join us, check out . 

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