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Westvleteren 12 Tasting...For Science

posted Jan 3, 2013, 4:43 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 24, 2013, 7:36 PM by Heritage Liquor ]


I got a bottle of Westy 12 for a Christmas present and decided it would be fun to crack it to see how one of the batches that came United States is tasting.

It pours out a very murky dark brown with a full finger of off white head. Decent lacing left behind as the beer settles. I get a strong smell of caramel and slight plum with a hint of alcohol sharpness. The taste is strong fig and slight alcohol at first. This fades to a rich, warming toffee and caramel note. There is a big thick mouthfeel, with high carbonation that gives the beer a deceptively refreshing quality.

Overall, Westy 12 lives up to the hype again. I've never had a beer other than a good bottle of Hair of the Dog Adam that has this much depth in malt character. When I have done a Westy 12, Rochefort 10, and St. Bernardus Abt 12 side by side tasting in the past Westy was the clear winner due to complexity. Rochefort 10 finished a close second with a more straightforward caramel flavor.

Has anyone else done a Westy 12 tasting recently? What'd you think?