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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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4,069 Ratings

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Ratings: 4069
Reviews: 1585
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.66%

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

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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5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been waiting for an occasion to finally enjoy this one, and that day has come.

Appearance: Very murky medium to dark body, capped with a big off-whte head that is very sticky and resilient. There is great lacing, and a creamy layer on top of the beer long after the pour.

Smell: Fruity and musty, alcohol and hard candy. Smells sweet and very smooth.

Taste: Maybe not of this world, has a slightly spicy flavor from the alcohol (black pepper), Sweet like pineapple and pear, but the hops are definitely not lost in this one. Everything blends, separates, repeats over and over it seems. This is the best quadrupel I have ever had, most likely best beer in the world.

Drinkability: This beer did not disappoint, start to finish, it lived up to the hype. I wish getting another one would be a little easier.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 21:33:36 | More by TastyTaste
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.89/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

M: Slick and smooth in the front with a warm and smooth alcohol chaser at the back.
Slightly higher carbonation than other quads with pin pricks up front. Like a tiny jolt to waken the palette.

O: Unlike any other quads, Westy is unabashed in its bold approach to the complexity and mix of sweet, spices, yeasts, earthiness and alcohol presence. It's complexity is worth the price point and effort to search it out. The drink is worth sharing with another BA who'll enjoy and appreciate the experience & appreciate the complexity compared to quads. Good to note - Westy pairs incredibly well with strong cheese, dried fruit and a good BA buddy, do yourself a favour and get one to enjoy and savour.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 08:26:40 | More by FondueVoodoo
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-21-2014 01:07:56 | More by beerdave
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4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemless tulip glass 4/20/2014:

A: Beautiful quad color, dark caramel, with a red tinge to it. Perfect lacing, pours an off-white finger head.

S: Smells faintly like a glass of red wine. Has a very fruity aroma like prunes and raisins.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Strong dark fruit aromas. Tastes like a solid quad.

M: Very, very carbonated. Almost too carbonated. I feel like the carbonation robbed some of the more subtle flavors from me. Fairly sticky, but overall decent.

O: Flavors are all there, the smell and appearance make this beer worth the wait. Mouthfeel was a slight letdown for me. Try it if you haven’t, but don’t go and invest in a six pack because you might be slightly underwhelmed.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 21:58:35 | More by Viperman1316
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

04-20-2014 14:52:55 | More by udubdawg
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

04-20-2014 01:37:27 | More by AkaFlash
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4/5  rDev -13.4%

04-19-2014 22:10:35 | More by saintjulien
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

04-19-2014 05:13:48 | More by jeezie
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4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My buddy went to Belgium and worked for about a week to get the monks to answer the phone so he could buy a case. This was the last beer from that case. What a treat.

A - A deep tobacco brown. Lots of floating sediment. Big cream head leaving some lacing.

S - One of the best smelling beers I have ever had. It was very hard to discern aromas because there were so many. Unlike anything I had ever smelled before. Dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel were what I smelled the most.

T - Didn't taste much that much like the smell, but like something entirely wonderful that I wasn't expecting. A tinge of heat from the booze but so many married flavors in there make the beer go down way too fast. I almost need to drink 2 or 3 more to pick it all out. Prunes, plums, yeast, raisins, brown sugar were what I was able to pick out.

M - Good carbonation, which I expected. Wasn't expecting that much sediment, but it never bothered me a bit. Creamy but not too thick.

O - A bucket list beer. It's like art. I was truly fortunate to have the opportunity to try one. It's magic. Would pay an $ amount for another bottle that my wife would never agree to.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 01:44:09 | More by BrewsforBreakfast
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New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Juicy plums are prominent in the nose, along with malty, bready undertones. It's surprising how crisp and prominent the fruit notes are. The taste is actually a solid reflection of the smell. Lively carbonation tickles the mouth while the dark fruit flavors, with a touch of blackberry, intermingle over a gentle bready background. The nose is beautiful yet somewhat understated, while the taste is bold and lively. It combines for one of the best beers I've ever had.

Cap numbers are 15.03.17.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 21:55:19 | More by Mineo
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -35.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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