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

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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

5,183 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,183
Reviews: 1,662
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 3,132
Gots: 1,593 | FT: 118
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recieved in a trade from a good trader, whose name I will withhold to prevent him from constantly being beermalied. Thanks for letting me try this one.

Pours from an unlabeled bottle a deep brown, almost black color with nice ruby highlights, and a two finger head. Great retention, but only moderate lacing.

Aroma is dominated by fresh baked bread, biscuits, and bread yeast. Very little yeasty aromas, and only a hint of the flavor to come.

Flavor is complex, enjoyable, yet subtle. Up front, there is some caramel like sweetness from the malts, and big esters of figs and plums. Chocolate covered and rum soaked cherries come to mind. It also reminds me a bit of fine old scotch, even though there are no smokey flavors. Very spirit like in flavor, but without any real alcohol presence. The finish switches to a dry chocolate malt type flavor, that is clean, and does not linger very long on the finish. Very well balanced, and very subtle. This is not a huge in your face type of flavor, but a very well constructed one. Mouthfeel hits a home run... up front it is very thick and heavy, almost like warm honey. But on the finish, the mouthfeel thins out a bit, and does not leave you with a cloying feeling left in your mouth. This is aided by tiny bubbles of aggressive carbonation. Drinkability is excellent.

Is this a great beer? Yes. Is it worth trying if you can get it? Yes. Is it worth the hype? Not really. Is it worth the $30+ that some people pay for it? I don't think so.
While this is a damn fine beer, this is not the beer to end all other beers. It is very good, well crafted, and delicate in its approach, but it is not deserving of the incredible hype it gets. In this country, we are blessed to have a wide selection of great belgian style beers. St. Bernardus Abt. 12, Rochefort 10, Kasteel, and Gouden Carolus Grand Cru are all also excellent beers that are similar to the famous "westy", but they don't have the huge hype associated with them. This is every bit as good as those other beers, but I can't say for sure if it's "better". I'd say that it is worth all the praise for being as good as it is, but it's not worth the hype and longing for it. I can now see why the brothers decided to stop selling it here. If you can get it, try it.... but it's not worth trading your first born for. Be happy with what we have here.

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 5,183 ratings.