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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)

Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,077 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4077
Reviews: 1585
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.66%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
(Yellow Cap)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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Habanero58

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4.9/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first review for BA so I'm starting at the very top. This is an absolutely stunning beer. Still awaiting the Westvleteren Chalice that a dear friend has waiting in the wings for me, in the meantime I decanted this delight into my trusty Westmalle Chalice and allowed it to warm for a little while before eagerly tasting...

The initial spicy chocolate attack of this darkest of nectars is overwhelming enough but just as you're feeling rather impressed, the flavours just amplify .. and amplify ... dark cocoa, cinammon, rich mollasses, and then the 10.2% kicks in with it's own symphony of pleasure before the faintest of hoppy bitterness lingers on ... a truly amazing experience that had me slowing down in ultimate reverance!

Two days earlier I tasted the Westvleteren 8 which I found to be an equally impressive, although a creamier brew. On a very special night sometime soon, I would like to try them back to back or do a blindfold test with a Rochefort 10 in the mix... I think I'll know the Westy 12 !!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 21:44:47 | More by Habanero58
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A: Soapy and variable pale tan head on the initial pour was 3 fingers and settled to to a thin skiff across the entire glass. A hazy tobacco brown in colour with flakes of sediment suspended throughout.

S: Sweet, juicy dark dried fruits, Italian plums, black cherry, musky black grape and black figs mixed with spices of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Entirely sweet with brown sugar and caramel malts, similar to a slow baked and deeply dark christmas fruit cake. The alcohol notes of brandy offer a base note to support the sweetness and fruitiness while a subtle yeastiness is barely detectable in the background.

T: Bold and assertive the flavours are sweet and spicy, while offering unpinnings of woody earthiness and rum alcohol. The sweet notes come forward first with brown sugar and pales malts steeped with the sweet spices of cloves, cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg. Mid palette the belgian yeasts shine through, although recognizable as yeasts - this is unlike other quads and offers a distinct & unique flavour profile that tastes especially of ripe bananas and warm bread. Mid palette also reveals a woody earthiness and worn leather - suggestive some something old world and calling back to a old tradition of crafting. On the back end of the palette the flavours are of rum and alcohol esters - warming and delightful.

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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