For Christmas I bought Mike a Belgian beer he wanted off of his wishlist. The beer is called Westvleteran 12, and it's the #1 rated beer in the world. He's been saving it ever since for some sort of special occasion, because it's not just a beer that you'd crack open on any ol' night. It's probably a beer that he'll only have once in his life, so saving for the right moment was imperative.
That moment came last night, folks! That's right, Mike is starting a brand new job today (he's there now!). It's kind of a dream-come-true, and I'm so happy/nervous for him! I can't wait to hear how his first day goes!
I had to document the entire thing; the before, opening of the bottle, tasting, and reaction. I think it's odd this beer doesn't have a label! Kind of disappointing, but cool nonetheless, and will forever stay in Mike's special beer bottle collection.
He liked it, haha!
I had him tell me what his taste buds were feeling, and this is what he said about it:
"more roasted than expected...raisin/plum...spicey hopiness...finishes [with] dark roast malts...weeee bit of alcohol." I had two sips, and I really can't say that it's my favorite beer or "the best in the world," but it wasn't too bad. I'm really not a fan of tons of carbonation/ foaminess, and this one had quite a bit.
Here's the description that the Belgian Shop gave it:
"This beer is one the hardest genuine Trappist beers to find!
Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a thick biege head. Aroma is a bit sweet with fruit and caramel. Really nice full and chewy mouthfeel. Raisins, brown sugar, dark fruits, alcohol, and caramel are right upfront. Nice lingering aftertaste. There's a lot to sink your teeth into, so to speak. A really complex beer that wants you to ask for more."
Pretty similar to Mike's, I'd say! Click here to find one for yourself!