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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Trappist Westvleteren 12 (yellow cap)

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Westvleteren 12

The Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren
Donkerstraat 12
8640 Westvleteren, Flanders, Belgium  
Est. 1838

Brain Damage Quotient = 10.2 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 3.0 (sample)

Postmortem Brew Review
Root beer color.
Aromas of berry, nut and brown sugar.
Super foamy; large bubbles in the caramel colored head.
Three-finger head with spiderweb lacing on glass.
Tastes of sweet candy with ripe fruit and chocolate flavors.
Alcohol warmth with sweetness on finish.
Absolutely delicious. Complex flavors. Syrupy sweet finish.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy 
Ohuhmmmm! Ohuhmmmm! We are saying it again.  We are so not worthy of such delicious nectar.

My good friend Dean also got a hold of the 12, formerly known as 'Abt'.  This 'quad' exceeded my expectations. The smells, the taste, the easy smoothness with the slightest sting of alcohol in the body.  Similar to the '8', this ale is also bottle conditioned and will keep for a long time if properly stored.  I suppose we are drinking these quite young, gauging by the storage dates on the caps, but if they were this good young, it stands that they would hold up to some aging and come out even better.

The Trappist monks do not waste much on flashy labeling, only going as far as to embellish their bottle caps with any branding.  The bottle is void of a label.  It has only a raised neck ring, near the top of the glass, to set it apart from any other brown bottle of ale.  The ring says, "TRAPPIST EN BIER" in block letters.  They have been doing it this way since 1945, keeping all the pertinent information on the bottle cap.  It makes them the only Trappist brewery that does not sport the Trappist logo.

Once again, it bears repeating.....equally lucky to have sampled this ale.  Very rare you mortals.

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