The Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) Quadrupel Ale from Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren in Westvleteren, Flanders, Belgium pours out a murky, mahogany brown and is topped with a frothy, tan, two finger head that reduces down to a thick film quite quickly. On the nose, fruity, bready and boozy. Aromas of raisin, plum, honey, sweet dark bread, pear and a touch of alcohol. In the mouth, incredibly smooth with wonderful flavor. Flavors of apple, pear, plum, raisin, honey, a little dark bread, a hint of lemon and faint herbal notes. Medium bodied. Fine carbonation. Some lacing on the glass. The mouthfeel, for the most part, is pretty clean. The finish does not want to quit. The fruits and sweetness just keep hanging on and on.
There are few beers that can live up to the hype. Westvleteren has been rated as the best beer in the world for years. Not a top 10 beer but the number 1 beer in the world. The hype is immense and deservedly so. This is one incredible beer. Big, with a good dose of booze, and also incredibly smooth with impeccable flavors. This beer has lived up to the hype. Perhaps the only thing better would be to have a case of Westy 12 bottles fresh from the abbey to sample right away and age over the years. Highly recommended.
11.2 ounce bottle, 10.2% ABV
Beer 352 of 366 for 2012
Note: A huge thanks to Ken for sending me this beer.