As a pre-Karneval treat, we tasted the first of our Westvleterens on Wednesday evening. And yes, it lived up to all the expectations. It also finally made me start writing reviews for beers and posting them on beeradvocate. I think you might have to actually have a log-on to read the reviews, so for those interested, here it is:
Picked up a bottle at the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam, along with the 12. They were serving them both across the street at Cafe Gollem, but with such a sought after beer, we couldn't have our first taste of the Westvlertens after knocking back a few other belgian treats.
Poured into a snifter glass. It has a dark color and very nice lacing. Noticed a dark yeast sediment as I poured it into the glass.
Definitely could smell the yeast, almost bread like; very gentle spices.
The taste definitely evolves in your mouth. It begins a tad spiced and with the warming effect it changes to slightly peppery. The carbonation was light, but leaves a long impression in your mouth.
This certainly lived up to expectations. I'm trying to wait a bit before enjoying the 12, but we'll see how long I can hold out.