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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,444 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,444
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 2,776
Gots: 1,245 | FT: 97
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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MarkIntihar

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #50!

Poured from the bottle into my Russian River Belgian glass. Huge thanks to Erik for the hookup! Date on the bottle cap is 24.09.13.

A - Pours an impossibly opaque reddish brown, with a finger's worth of cream colored head. Never seen a beer quite this color. When held up to the light, shows a tannish outer edge. The way that this beer starts at the darkest of browns in the center and just sort of works its way out to the edges and a lighter brown/tan is astounding. Head retention is great as well, lasting for a full 20 minutes after the pour.

S - Ripe red apples. Just a dash of tartness. I want this smell in my nose forever. As I delve further into the glass, picking up some caramel notes, some molasses perhaps. I have definitely never smelled a beer quite like this.

T - Starts off following well from the nose, especially as I swirl it around my mouth. Tastes of red apples, with some caramel and molasses in the background. Honestly reminds me of a warm apples cider type of taste. There is an odd dry finish to this beer that leaves an interesting aftertaste in my mouth. Fairly alcoholic in the finish, which is my one beef with this beer. I also don't really get the tartness that I picked up in the nose, which was a bit disappointing.

M - Starts off with a great feel, with no burn at all and absolutely fantastic on the tongue. However, the finish provides a bit of a harsh burn, which is accompanied by a drying sensation that doesn't quite work for me.

O - Overall, a great beer. A phenomenal beer. But not the perfect beer. If the mouth was matched perfectly to the nose, this may have been my first perfect 5, but alas, it was not to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:53:35 | More by MarkIntihar
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fata2683

Florida

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2008 purchased from the abbey pours dark plum brown with a murky clarity and medium off white head. Aroma is stone fruit, big yeast esters and caramel malt. Flavor is candied sugar, plum, caramel and again yeast. Wonderful mouthfeel, moderate in carbonation with good lacing in the end. Nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 02:53:33 | More by fata2683
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Stopper

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This gusher finally settles with a giant light tan head that's not overly persistent, atop a brown body with copper notes. Dark brown yeast flocs populate the glass and take their time settling. A huge malty aroma leaps from the glass, with a strong merlot-like vinous quality and a touch of vinegar. Smooth sweetness and spritzy carbonation battle for predominance as a many-layered symphony of malt and alcohol warms and entices the palate. This finishes wit a moderate alcohol heat and mild earthy hop character that emerge and linger as the formidable malt dissipates.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 03:23:05 | More by Stopper
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donnebaby

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without light, this beer looked...brown. With light, it became an amorphous whitish brown and showed alternating specks of color. Complex cherry red rose color. Glistening tight foam seems to wash up and cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell showed alot of red fruits and alcohol. Sweet malts, notes of figs and cloves. Spicier as warmed. Had higher expectations.

Taste shot down the slide from red fermenting strawberries in the mouth to a pit of baking chocolate in an instant before the liquid seems to undergo some chemical reaction and creams into microfine bubbles that twinge down the throat.

Really a unique drinking experience, especially as far as the mouthfeel and drinkability go. Superfine bubbles and dynamic mouthfeel are incomparable, and the drinking only gets smoother and smoother.

Had this at 5 in the morning while doing some last minute packing. Will have to try it again...

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 18:44:48 | More by donnebaby
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JBogan

Nevada

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark bown with amber highlights. Solid two finger head whic stayed for the length and left good lacing.

Smelled of dark fruits and alcohol, as mentioned before almost a champagne aroma.

Tasted of fruits and spices. Some alcohol present but blended in very well.

Very smooth and rich, with some carbonation present.

This beer was everything people have said it would be. Tasted much like other Trappist beers but more well rounded and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 23:52:28 | More by JBogan
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jckp64

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy amber with a light head. The aroma is dark fruits and malty. Flavor is very malty, with a sweet finish. Overall a very good belgium quad. Not really sure if it deserves the number 1 overall beer, but thats maybe because it's not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 00:16:55 | More by jckp64
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ithacabaron

California

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand carried back from Belgium by yours truly.

Pours a deep chestnut, which quickly becomes a muddy brown as the inevitably suspended yeast flows through the glass. It's okay. I want my yeast.

Smell is particularly iconic -- and the best smells are. There are only a few beers that I can think of that have a particular, immediately identifiable aroma -- Cantillon Gueuze, Oerbier and maybe a few others -- and this joins their ranks. The combination of deep, bottomless malt and yeast is intoxicating even before the first sip is taken.

Taste expands the aroma's promise, as honeyed figs, dates, melted carob, and candied, stewed fruit peels swim in a ocean of pure, uncomplicated sweet malt. An excellent attention to balance, to smoothness, to unity of form. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is very good, if juuust a touch lower than I'd like. This was near to still, and I just wanted a little prick on the tongue so that I know that everything's still jumping around here.

Drinkability was very good, as imbibing the bottle was no problem. That being said, there is something called "too much of a good thing" in my mind, and so I felt the glass was more than enough for one evening.

All in all, the world is becoming a small place. This brew is no longer as hard to get as it once was, and prices have fallen, so the mystique may have faded a bit -- but this is still a beautiful brew, and I thank the Trappist brothers for their efforts.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2005 23:32:26 | More by ithacabaron
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a review of the bottle I brought home from In De Vrede. I have tasted this beer twice before, both times at In De Vrede, but never outside of Belgium.

A - Pours a 2 finger, creamy tan head. Colour is a dark copper with a brown element, almost black and there is good carbonation coming up the sides. Great creamy head retention with one finger sustaining and a significant amount of soapy lacing. Great head retention and creaminess of it is a bonus.

S - Pit fruits, dates, raisins, lot's of yeast, sugar, boozy fruitcake. Tons of plum and raisin, dark bread.

T - Starts out with alot of yeast. Sugar, slight booze, great rich dark fruit like dates, raisins, plums. Some sort of sugary syrup covered fruit comes to mind or syrupy dessert cake. Once it opens up the fruits become more intense and the yeast element is tamed. There is almost no alcohol. A little bit of spice. Avoids being too sweet as well. Red grapes are present as well. Wonderfully complex and delicious.

M - So insanely smooth. This is my third tasting of this beer and it happens every time. That is one of the things you notice with Westvleteren 12. The fact that it is so incredibly smooth and easy drinking, going down without any sort of sting and almost not wanting to swallow earns lot's of points. You need about half a bottle to realize the ease that you can drink this and yet enjoy it so much and recognize its subtleties. The body is full but not thick, a little creamy, and has medium carbonation.

O/D - I can't see how people consider this the best tasting beer in the world. But it's lovely complexity and texture are world class. It's amazingly drinkable, wonderfully smooth and flavourful. The yeast character at the start is a surpise, but once it opens up it becomes a great, complex beer. It seems alot more yeasty and sugary than other quads...probably due to the amount of candi sugar used. My girlfriend thought it was the best beer she'd ever had.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 19:19:18 | More by tbeckett
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Gtreid

Florida

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my new beer swilling buddy urwithdave for sharing this amazing brew. 11.7 oz bottle poured into my stone ris tulip.

A: Slightly cloudy caramel copper color. The pour drops a nickel size kahki head thAt leaves some nice spidery lace.

A: smells of rich caramel, canddied figs, and sweet apple pie. Earthy hops and just a ton of sweet malt.

T: I don't think a quad could taste any better. Sweet malt, candy, apples, figs, and caramel. The flavor profile is just out of this world. Finishes sweet and dry with no hint of the abv.

M: Creamy, smooth, and absolutely perfect. Aggressive carbonatin delivers the flavor nicely.

D and overall impression: I could drink this all night, it really doesn't get any better. Overall this is one of the best brews I have ever had. Simply amazing! Skal.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 04:03:30 | More by Gtreid
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Rinkor16

California

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed my first Westy 12 tonight! What a treat. Thank you Kayn169!

A: A dark brown with an amber hue. Nice head and great retention.

S: Very aromatic. Sweet smelling. Darker fruits. Plum, brown sugar, figs and molasses. Smells fantastic, especially as it warms up.

T: Very complex and well balanced. Plum, molasses and other dried fruits. A little alcohol finish. Tastes absolutely fantastic!

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

O: This a fantastic beer. The flavor and smells have increased dramatically as the beer has warmed up. This beer was well worth seeking out! Definitely deserves to be within the top 10!

EDIT: I had this a second time and was a little different. The smell and taste were extremely nutty. Almond was my first thought.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 03:59:02 | More by Rinkor16
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to milwaukeeclassic & akorsak, who offered up this gem in trades within days of one another this summer. Split a bottle with the wife because it's...well, Thursday, & I felt like cracking one open.

Took a while for this one show its colors. It was too cold coming out of the fridge & after a few sips I wondered what all the hype was about. After a bit of cradling, the beer really opened up. The standoff-ishness vanished, & the dark fruits, warm alcohol, & almost wine-like smell really came out.

Sweet without being cloying, & not overpowered with booze. I can't say this is the best beer I've ever had, but it's a damn good quadrupel, & better with every warmed up sip. I'll let the last one sit a bit before I pop it open.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 03:02:41 | More by maximum12
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500. Received from Raznug for as a BA Secret Santa Gift! Thought it would be appropriate to review the #1 rated beer in the world with this landmark review. Poured into my Chimay Chalice.

A- Body is a very hazy dark brown color. Pours with a minimally creamy off white head. Head subsides to a thick half-moon collar with no collar around half of it and an eggshell creamy remnants of the head in the center. When held up to the light one can see the thick, dynamic cloudiness of this brew.

S- The overall impression of the nose is slightly sweet. Raisins, figs, root beer, cola, grapes, plums are mostly upfront and have a background of slightly spicy Belgian yeast and a very subtle, sneaky alcohol background.

T-The initial flavors are exquisite and balanced. A perfect bland of spicy Belgian yeast, fig, malt, and and dark fruits such as sweet raisins and slightly tart plum mix perfectly and give off a root beer and cola-like flavor. The spicy yeast comes through a little more for the finish as well as a slight bitter alcohol bite. The flavor then turns around and ends with a sweet fruity note. A slight essence of spicy Belgian yeast lingers. Flavor is wonderful and complex.

M-Medium carbonation and wonderfully smooth and creamy body. Yeasty and smooth but with a touch of alcohol astringency.

D-This is a wonderful quadruple and it was truly and honor to try it. As far as pure drinkability is concerned; it is definitely a slow sipper. This, and other good examples of the style, IMO,are meant to be slipped slowly as you contemplate the complexity of what was produced. The ABV is quite noticeable and if you don't take your time with this brew you surely won't get a chance to appreciate it. Due to its $ and availability, its a beer that was definitely worth it for the first try/review but I will reserve obtaining it again for a VERY special occasion. A bit overrated (Its hard to be a perfect beer across the board)-but still an excellent, stand-out, well put together brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 22:01:00 | More by PittBeerGirl
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abecall98

California

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thank you Macdommer for the trade.

A - pours a purple thick cloudy dark color. Nice white head after the pour, as well as being retained nicely. Holding it up to the light, the color looks magnificent.

S - very sweet, almost like fresh sweet raisins. Smell is in no way overpowering, and smells of the most fresh ingredients.

T - very sweet, small bitter bite, and the sweet sweet taste of fresh raisins. The sweetness of this beer is beyond belief. For a 10.2% alcohol, the sweetness is definitely the front line taste, followed by brief bitterness and a hint of alcohol.

M - very well carbonated, the taste is able to move freely throughout the mouth. Not very creamy, and for a good reason. This beer is all about a smooth carbonation that leaves a small aftertaste that makes you wanting more.

D - here is where it loses some points. The small aftertaste of the alcohol makes this one less drinkable than other brews. This is drinkable, yes, just not the most drinkable beer I have had. The small alcohol bite at the end is the most unappealing aspect of an almost perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 18:19:04 | More by abecall98
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BierJager89

California

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark opaque murky brown with a creamy foamy tan head.

S: Hard to describe. Definitely some dark fruit, malt, orange, Belgian yeast and spices in the nose.

T: Starts off a touch citric, but once it spreads across the tongue you get sweet, rummy candied fruits, raisin, dark fruit, malt, with a lingering malty sweet dark fruit finish.

M: Full bodied and smooth. Alcohol warms as it goes down.

O: Is this the best beer of all time? No. It's not my favorite quad. It is an excellent beer. I had been told it lived up to the hype, but 97 is the the highest I've given to a belgian ale, and this, St. Bernardus & Rochefort 10 all got 97s from me.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 19:28:59 | More by BierJager89
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz(?) brown Westvleteren Trappist style bottle with a spot raised midway a lot like the Westmalle bottle. Absolutely no label here. Yellow Gold/Black cap on top. Bottle really reminds me of authentic Belgian abbey style. A sleek and to the point bottling.
Poured this into a Westvleteren Trappist goblet that was almost as difficult to acquire as the 12 itself.

A - Hazy dark brown with lighter golden brown highlights around the top edges of the glass. Head was cream colored and sat just long enough to take a few photos before it vanished into a thin ring of lace. Pretty normal Trappist stick to the glass Which isn't much at all.

S - fresh bread and a nutty character. Cinnamon rolls caked with gooey icing, dark fruit with figs and raisin. Baked dates and A nice Belgian yeast aroma with some booze, but not bad booze. This aroma is sweet and complex with multiple layers and spice. Very pleasant whiffs as every note is noticed and appreciated.

T - more cinnamon rolls and fresh bread. Nutty with a lot of dark fruit. Fig, dates and raisin. Biscuity and a perfect yeast strain. Ripe banana and dead on spices. Light cloves and cinnamon notes. Small flavor of sweet chocolate in the background that's noticed as the ale warms a bit. An abbey booziness in the finish that only adds to the flavor. Flavor has a Real brilliance about it.

M - pretty smooth and almost velvety. Coats the every inch of the mouth with so many different flavors its almost crazy. Smooth and delightful feel despite its booze and abv. I'd drink this all day every day if I could get it and had nothing else to do of course lol.

O - some of these authentic Trappist ales make me think to myself that if I didn't have 2 beautiful little boys at home I'd move to Belgium and take up a life of prayer, a life of work, and a life in a community while wearing wool robes. Just as long as I got to drink stuff like this everyday. But hey I wouldn't trade my family for anything so I quickly come back to reality. Anyway, this is the God Father of all the Trappist brews and the King of fine Belgian ales in general. It has a rep that's nearly unmatched and often great Trappist brews are overlooked due to the mystery and the need to know that comes with the Westy 12. It's definitely one of the best crafted brews on the planet, but aren't all Trappist ales? It's the world's best quad, but is it that much better than the Rochefort 10? Yes to me it is, but its not on a whole different level. Both are in that top tier of best quads. What the Westy 12 does offer are flavors no other quad provide and an experience every craft beer lover deserves to have. In fact an experience everyone deserves to have over and over again. It's a shame this thing isn't easier to get ahold of. Bc its easily not only one of the best I've ever had, but would be one of my favorites to pick up throughout every year. Ill definitely be paying close attention for my next experience of this Belgian gem.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 13:51:35 | More by BradtheGreat7
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #600. Bottle brought back from Belgium by my wife - thanks Bryna! Served in a Westvleteren goblet. Best before February 10th, 2011, so roughly two years old.

A - Thank god! After the flat bottle I had in Toronto I was worried. The cap comes off with a hiss and a touch of gunsmoke. Pours with a voluminous two fingers of dark tan foam (impressive for a goblet!), that dissipates quite slowly and leaves glass-coating lacing and a thick cap. The body is a nearly opaque dark plum color.

S - The smell literally explodes out of the glass, with an initial wave of dark fruits and berries. Plums, prunes, raisins, black cherries - they're all here. There's some vinous red wine notes that emerge, along with a touch of sweet tobacco, apples, and nuts. There's a caramel malt backbone that ties things together, but stays in the periphery. As it warms a touch of booze peeks through to remind you that this is for sipping.

T - The taste is very grape-forward, with notes of port, red wine, dark fruits, rum-cake, and caramel. It's not as saccharine as Rochefort 10, as it's balanced by a dryish and slightly woody finish. While the taste isn't quite as complex as the nose, the alcohol is better hidden.

M - The body is chewy and viscous, without becoming heavy or syrupy. Carbonation is present, but soft. Finishes surprisingly dry with only mild residual stickiness. Not much in the way of alcohol heat at all. It's everything I'd want in a quad, and maybe even a bit more.

D - So, is it the best beer in the world? Probably not, but it's a superb one nonetheless. It's shockingly drinkable for a 10.2% quad, and I could actually have more than one of these without feeling diabetic too. There's been a lot written about this beer, and I'm not sure there's much I can add - it's excellent, highly recommended, and worthy of the acclaim that has been heaped upon it.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 03:49:46 | More by MasterSki
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer, like a good wine, must exist in time. This is to say, it must be good at the moment you have it, but also good in the scheme of beers as a whole such that as new styles and techniques evolve it remains well regarded and enjoyable. The fact that this one has acquired a nickname (Westy) is a testament to this. Out of a bottle provided by BA members (THANK YOU!) this legend was a deep, copper color with burgundy highlights. It was visibly viscous, leaving good streaks of lacing off the well-retained head. The aroma was complex and demanding; a sensual blend of ripe plums, dates and dark fruits galore. Behind that was alcohol (esp. dark rum), chocolate, spices and the pungent twist of Belgian yeast. The flavors were just as big and layered. Chocolate, more dark fruits, coffee hints, raisins, wood, cinnamon, figs etc. etc. The doughy notes were hard to discern under the other heavier elements but the impact was like an alcohol soaked fruitcake. Despite the depth of the beer it was indeed a brew with finesse and a good finish. Easy to drink? No. It's rich and intense. Pleasant to drink? Yes, especially if you love beer. A casual drinker could be run over by this thing. The mouthfeel was good and creamy but not amazing, the body full without being heavy and the carbonation right on. Relatively drinkable for all that is has to offer and a genuine joy for the advanced palate. In short, this delivered on every level including living up to its reputation and if you can find it, do so.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 22:24:27 | More by thekevlarkid
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swirldog

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this classic a couple of years ago at a homebrew meeting. A one of a kind very rare thing to get a hold of.
Deep mahogany appearance, strong brown head with excellent lace.
Nose is fruity with strong malt with chocolate notes, hops are low.
Flavor is malt upfront with raisiny/fruity esters. Chocolate flavors predominate in the middle. Hops are very low, bit in the finish.
Mouthfeel is chewy with nice creaminess and carbonation.
Drinkibility is good, a beer for a cold nite.
A classic that I would love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 15:37:00 | More by swirldog
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drewbage

California

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from 33cl bottle hand carried back from Belgium. (Let's here it for the backpack brigade!)

Dark milk chocolatey brown with muddy clarity.

Aroma is warm leathery fruit aromas mix with chocolates and cherries and alcohol.

Malt is rich and chocolatey with cinnamon, persimmions and tropical grapes.

Acidy sweet finish is long and lingering with spices and plums.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 05:41:08 | More by drewbage
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BucannonXC5

California

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Type: 11.2-oz. bottle
Glass: Trappist glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif.
Price: $84.99 for 6-pack + two glasses (also had to purchase $50 worth of stuff at HWC)
Misc.: Bottle cap and part on bottle said best by Jan. 8, 2015; The only time this beer has been in the U.S. and supposedly the only time it will be.

Poured a mahogany color with about a finger of off-white head that stayed forever on the top of the beer. Great thick and milky lacing on the sides. Great retention all the way down.

Smelled sour fruit up, followed by a sweet tarty flavor. Got green apple and kiwi. Also some malt backbone to it, mainly toasty caramel and toffee. Some light chocolate, too? Got better as I sat and smelled it.

Tasted similar to the nose. Just so damn smooth. Definitely could taste the alcohol up front. Some cloves, which I didn’t get in the smell. Got the green apple and tartness. Also light hints of caramel, honey

Medium body. Thin texture. Soft (below average) carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

An obviously fantastic beer. Like Frank the Tank in “Old School” said, “Once it hits your lips, it’s so good.” One of the smoothest beers I’ve ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 07:46:32 | More by BucannonXC5
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this in Brussels.

The beer pours dark brown, murky quad color, light tan head with good retention and lacing...The aroma is nice full of dark fruits, figs, caramel, slight alcohol, sugar. Taste is much of the same, great feel and easy to drink.

This is a great beer, but I believe just a notch below Rochefort 10.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 15:38:24 | More by jrallen34
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Goalcam

California

4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't make the mistake of trying this as your first Belgian Dark Ale, you'll be ruined. This is a great beer but just really tough to find in the U.S. Has a great spicy taste on your tongue and goes down great with some salami and cheese. I was fortunate to bring back a few bottles from Brussels to get my fix.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:07:03 | More by Goalcam
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Zach136

Georgia

4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quads of Fame Blind Taste Test

Bottle from the Brick Pack "expires" 10.2.2015

A - Dark, deep amber, thick pillow of a head.

S - Lght nose, some grapefruit and red wine.

T - Rich but hot and boozy, a bit of yeast. Very complex dark fruits.

M - Nice thick feel but not too sweet, big fan.

O - Very great beer it actually came in third for our test, but it was still amazing and worth it. I can't wait to pop open my other bottles in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 02:43:36 | More by Zach136
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a chilled glass. Dark brown color with huge fluffy tan head which dissipated very slowly into a persistent tan collar. Excellent sticky and consistent lacing throughout. On the nose, molasses and wet leather scents dominate, with hints of sour apricots and cherries. On the palate, the sweetness of molasses and smoky leather dance between notes of dried apricots, peaches, and cherries. The malt asserts itself, amidst ample hoppiness, and the burn of spicy alcohol becomes evident. The mouthfeel is punishingly full and chewy, demanding the respect this monster deserves.

I am generally not a big fan of Belguan ales, but this behemoth lives up to the hype. Glad I made the reach for this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 04:00:36 | More by JohnParadee
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HiGravShawn

Louisiana

4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep red brown. Thick fizzy head which settles into some nice lacing.

S: Earth and prunes with a little spiciness.

T: Rich and earthy with tons of dark fruit and deep complex Belgian sugar flavor. The warmth from alcohol is present and blends nicely with the depth for flavor for a pleasant mind dulling enjoyment.

M: Medium to heavy in body with a good dose of carbonation. This is my one complaint as it hides the flavor and took a few sips to adjust to the fizziness. Carbonation with fruitiness initially gave me an initial perception of a carbonated wine.

O: This definitely lives up to the hype. I am not disappointed at all. I have one more bottle so will probably refine this when I break it open.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 19:00:55 | More by HiGravShawn
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