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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,581 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,581
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,841
Gots: 1,305 | FT: 102
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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punkindrublic50

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

Absolutely deserving of the best beer in the world title. Has such an utter depth and complexity it will leave your head spinning. Aesthetics are quite nice with a dark color and a pleasant tan head, but the smell is when you realize something incredibly is coming. Fruits, spices, candy, it just hits you all at once with an intensity even stronger than a Dogfish 120.

On a side note, if at all possible wait to try this beer until you are able to make the pilgrimaged out to the monastery in Belgium. The surrounding country is some of the most peaceful and quiet farmland I've ever seen, and builds up the experience of trying the beer to a whole new level.

06-18-2008 03:48:17 | More by punkindrublic50
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MadScientist

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

07-30-2013 01:19:52 | More by MadScientist
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tbryan5

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-31-2012 00:31:30 | More by tbryan5
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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readicculus

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-14-2011 17:18:54 | More by readicculus
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drumline

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.5%

33cl bottle with a 30.08.09 freshness date

Appearance - Pours a very dark red/brown, with around half an inch of head that clings to the side of the glass with each swirl.

Smell - Dark fruity smell of raisins, plums, and cranberries. Yeasty smell as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Very creamy, malty mouthfeel. Taste of belgian candi sugars and dark fruits. Light hop bitterness, and the perfect amount of carbonation. The closest thing to an orgasm of the mouth. Absolutely wonderful.

Drinkability - The 10.2% alcohol is barely even noticeable. Very drinkable brew; my 33cl glass was empty before I knew it, and left me wanting more and more. I could drink this everyday for the rest of my life, if it was readily available.

At first I was hesitant to give this beer straight 5s, but I honestly can't find anything I'd want to change about it. Perfection in a bottle. Easily the best beer I've ever had.

11-19-2006 03:13:02 | More by drumline
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farundrpar

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-13-2011 19:39:48 | More by farundrpar
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-03-2013 16:01:41 | More by bulldogg915
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Hamburgers

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-23-2013 05:46:52 | More by Hamburgers
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-02-2012 21:38:14 | More by heddar33
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jcrane07

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

07-21-2014 23:12:26 | More by jcrane07
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Britton

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-18-2011 03:42:09 | More by Britton
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Pooles26

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +8.5%

08-12-2014 23:16:38 | More by Pooles26
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Avangion

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-26-2012 15:11:10 | More by Avangion
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tainted

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-24-2013 19:37:37 | More by tainted
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.5%

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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-18-2011 18:00:43 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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JupiterJesus

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-28-2013 08:36:31 | More by JupiterJesus
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-01-2013 21:02:10 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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chossboss

Oregon

5/5  rDev +8.5%

05-17-2013 04:23:16 | More by chossboss
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Prospero

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8.5%

One of the few beers that deserves an all 5-pt rating, this beer is mind blowing.

Bottled date was 4/13/12, poured into 15cl Westvleteren XII glass.

Great deep dark brown color with a small light tan head, the aroma is sweet like candy with hints of plum and a very slight sniff of alcohol but not immediately present. The taste is incredibly complex, so much going on with the belgian candy sugar, molasses, the roasted notes from the malts and the dark fruit just all meshes so beautifully together with what is an amazing yeast strain. To get to 10% with almost no presence of alcohol lingering is quite amazing while keeping enough residual sugar that it lingers on your lips, it's by far the best quad / belgian strong dark ale I've ever had. The body is rich, smooth and complex with medium carbonation to enhance the sweetness and finish, just great overall beer. I wish all beer was this wonderfully crafted.

10-17-2012 19:47:45 | More by Prospero
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Swonkie

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +8.5%

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jburchett

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-11-2012 21:27:59 | More by jburchett
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juniorforce

Arkansas

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-23-2011 18:34:10 | More by juniorforce
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Ty_Collins

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-30-2014 00:55:41 | More by Ty_Collins
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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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