I'm jealous phil...
We can't get that beer here in the states...legally anyway.
Although, we should see a small shipment in a special release sometime in April.
Yup, this was the special release that I got. Here are a few pics:
It came with two glassses. Also the bottle now has labeling stuff on it, per regs:
Closeup of the rear of the bottle - ad aedificandam abbatiam adiuvi means "I helped build the abbey." All proceeds from the sale of this pack go towards the renovation of the Saint Sixtus abbey.
Pour, in the glass:
I poured gently so I didn't get much head, however there was a lot of carbonation in this guy. Served a bit cold, around 5c, first couple tastes were heavy 'belgian' alcohol, estery. As it warmed up it turned fruitcakey, moving towards prune-centric at the end. beautiful thick thick lacing on the glass. Balance was pitch perfect, however I prefer slightly malt-forward beers and thought this one lacked a bit of body.
IIRC, the time I had Westy 8 was pretty good, I'd say the 12 is not as good as the 8. Need to do a triangle test ;-)