Westvleteren 12

westvleteren 12

Lordy, lordy, it’s been a long time since I blogged. I’d like to say I’m about to get back into it, but between work and the holidays, and exceptional laziness…I’m not going to make promises I can’t keep. Quite frankly, there has been little to write about in terms of what’s been going on with me. I get up STUPID early every day, as the dog’s arthritis is getting back and he wakes me up so he can get his medicine. Work then consumes 10-11 hours. Evenings end up being lazy and short; I often end up passed out before 9pm, courtesy waking up early.

However, I would be the worst beer blogger on the planet if I didn’t write about a beer I had a couple weeks ago.

You see, I drank my very last bottle of Westvleteren 12. If you’re a long time LIBA reader, you may remember that back in 2012 I managed to snag a pack of this coveted beer. After aging the bottle for over 3 years, I was giddy to try it.

Looking back at my September 2013 review of the beer, it appears that dark fruit flavors were highly dominant, including plum, grapes, red wine flavors. This time around, two years later, the beer had much less of the dark fruit, and took on an almost chocolaty character. That’s not to say there was no dark fruit, as there were notes of raisin and mild plum. There was absolutely no alcohol flavor. In the last two years of aging, this beer went from superb, to fall-out-of-your-chair good. The only thing I regret is not aging more bottles of it!


Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.