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

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Reviews: 1,769
Hads: 5,832
Avg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3,521
Gots: 1,985 | FT: 147
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Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) | 10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Photo of WertMaker
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle dark chocolate brown with a light creamy head into a short tulip snifter. The deep aroma of chocolate and spice invited you to sip. As this nectar dances on your taste buds you notice that although the ABV is over 10%, it is almost unnoticeable as the rich body of the beer and robust flavors reminiscent of dark roast coffee, figs, and roasted barley fill your mind. The experience is likened to a display of fireworks, with each new wave of flavors replacing those previously held and combining to form a symphony on your mouth. You swallow, and immediately you want to taste it again, but refrain; allowing the finish to further tease your senses.

One of the most complex brews I've ever experienced....

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Photo of crnipeter
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The review comprises notes from separate tastings of two different vintages. Scores are for vintage 2008.

Vintage '08:
The review is based on notes taken in fall/winter 2009.
Yellow capped ascetic bottle with best before date 03.12.2011. Considering that Westveleteren 12 beers are bottled 3 years prior to expiration date the beer is vintage 2008. The pour into St. Bernardus goblet gives muddy rusty - mahogany brown nectar with light tan bubbly head fading into an island of agglomerated bubbles. Aromas of sour cherries, berries, figs & raisins, touch of cocoa, breeze of red wine. The flavor profile is nutty-cocoaish with over-ripened figs, rummy with sweet malt base balanced by mild hoppy bitterness prolonged into lingering subtle bitter aftertaste. Silky smooth and creamy with alcohol unbelievably well hidden the roughly one year old beer is fruitier, with more expressed vinousness and less hoppy character than fresh one. 4 5 5 5 5 = 4.8

Vintage '89
I was told the bottle is '89 vintage therefore 21 yrs old although this cannot be verified as Westvleteren bottles didn't always have BBE date on their crowns. However, the 11% ABV imprinted on the cap indicates this was a pre-1999 bottling. Between 1999 and 2002 the alcohol content of Westvleteren 12 has been gradually reduced from 11% to the current level of 10,2%. Diminishing of ABV was necessary to facilitate the brewing process as high levels of alcohol are more likely to kill the yeast. To the beer.
Into Westvleteren chalice. Clear coppery-mahogany brown body lacking any head apart from short lived bubbly island floating on the surface. In over two decades of aging the beer has undergone a complete transformation from quad to fortified wine or even liqueur: at this stage is highly viscous, alcoholic, sweet and abounds in fruity esters.
Palpable aromas of strongly fortified, port-like wine, intense sugary sweetness, plums, dried fruits represented by prunes, sour cherries , figs and rum soaked raisins. Clear presence of alcohol which is well incorporated into the whole. Each aroma listed reincarnates itself in the flavor department that perfectly matches the nose.The mouthfeel of warming and liqueurish brew is syrupy but not in a sickly manner, with zero carbonation. I'm pouring the beer carefully to keep the black slush at the bottom. Even so the last pour is hazy due to the raised yeasty sediment which adds some spiciness and in contrary with beliefs does not ruin the beer. Fully mature Westvleteren 12 is great, although does not have much in common with what I see as a beer. 2.5 5 5 5 5 = 4.5

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle, poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Bottle cap stamped 25-05-15

A: A beautiful hazy ruby or deep maple colour. A small tan head of about 1 finger appears, but some halo sticks around for your enjoyment the entire time.

S: The first smell I pick up is the yeast. It is gentle and pleasant. Dark fruits are there as well as hints of caramel and yes a bit of alcohol.

T: Carrying over from the smell, the dark fruits come to the fore on this beer. It is fantastically flavorful with so much going on. What jumps out at me is the fact that the yeast is somewhat hidden in the taste.

M: Incredibly smooth. Carbonation is perfect and there is little boozy finish on this. The beer leaves a lovely memory in your mouth with a great warm finish.

O: This is a superior beer. I hemmed and hawed as to whether I should actually pay the price for this, and in the end, it was well worth it (and quite reasonable considering). I prefer Belgian quads and tripels so to me this is like nirvana. What was surprising and pleasant was the complexity of the smell/taste. The fruitiness hid the yeast and the alcohol stayed in the background until the end. I've had Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus Abt. 12 and Westvleteren just reaches above those making it well worth the chase.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Westvleteren chalice it forms a whispy tan head that is very creamy as it settles and leaves sporadic lace. Brown body with small amounts of super fine carbonation.

Smell is of dark fruits, namely plumbs, raisins and suggestions of chocolate and caramel in the backdrop.

Taste: This is where the rubber hits the road and this is where this brew excells to perfection. What I don't pick up in the smell is the hops and spices that make up the finish of this offering. It has everything you'd expect from a quad and then blammmo right towards the finish is a spiced up, alcohol warming, and a touch of hop bitterness that really keeps this huge offering in check and adds to the drinkability as well.

Notes: I was taken back by the complexity and depth of this offering. You could tell me there is a woody presence and I could find it. You could tell me there are exotic fruits and in the depths of this brew I could get a slice of mango. Its all over the map and perfectly executed. The spices and slight bitter balancer towards the finish was the sealer for me. I bought 4 bottles of this and I will pull one out when the mood hits me although they may stick around for very special occasions.

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Photo of gcrfire3
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As tasted, this was an offering/bottling of March 2015...relatively young. I tasted this at a buds house alongside St. Bernardus abt 12, KBS, FBS, Wootstout, and some non-related FFF IPA/APA's. I drank/sampled the St. Bernardus 12 first and then the Westy 12 right after. Although I'd say this beer and St. Bernardus have a similar backbone, the Westy 12 wins hands down for complexity. Upon the first swig, the complexity hits you and leaves you wondering how such a small taste can produce so many exquisite flavors in a beer! The same taste as St. Bernardus 12 is there, yet has so much more going on, including more alcohol in the front. As the beer warms up, it opens the flavor even more and made me want to savor each sip slowly and methodically to get all that this beer had to offer, which is more than any beer I've ever had has. Enough said! Totally worthy of the hype and a top three world wide place in history!

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Photo of rkhaze
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aaah yes..the Westy 12. This bad boy poured a cloudy dark brown with a medium sized dense head and suspended yeast. Aromas of sweet malt, brown sugar, loads of ripe fruit, honey and alcohol.
Complex taste of sweet grainy malt, brandy soaked ripe stone fruits of all colors, and a bit of nuttiness. There was a tangy bitterness and mildly raw alcohol flavor that actually contributed to the overall experience by cutting the almost cloying sweetness.
Full viscous, sticky, creamy mouthfeel with killer carbonation that made it feel smooth, velvety and supremely drinkable.
Another masterpiece from my brown hooded brothers!

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby with a rocky head. Aromas of candied sugar and cloves, with some raisins, dates, grapes, and currants. The burnt banana peel often attributed to it is apt. Taste is more caramelized sweetness, dark fruit, and a deep, rounded clove finish. This beer gets more flavor and complexity out of the yeast than probably any other in the world (lambics excepted). A velvety body adds wonderfully to the experience. Worth the hype and a true delight.

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Photo of corby112
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

24.09.11 stamped on the cap. I think that means bottled in 08 but I'm not sure.

Pours a very dark chestnut brown/plum color with slight murky cooper brown edges and a one finger frothy beige head that slowly fades into a thin lasting cap. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Spicy, estery aroma with lots of vinous dark fruit, zesty pepper and earthy hops. Very complex nose with lots of plum, grape, raisin, fig, date and dark cherry. This is complimented by a nice roasted malt presence with hints of chocolate and caramel and subtle earthy pine. Peppery with coriander and cardamom as well as hints of yeast/bread, phenol and licorice. This beer smells exceptional.

Medium bodied with a perfect balance of sweet, vinous dark fruit, eatery yeast, zesty spice, earthy hops, roasted malt and sweet alcohol. Soft carbonation up front with a heavy spice profile. Lots of zesty pepper and coriander that lingers throughout over the complex body into a sweet yet dry finish. This is quickly countered by a delicious dark fruit presence with hints of plum, grape, dark cherry, fig and raisin. The sweetness from the yeast is complimented perfectly by a prominent malt character. Fuller bodied than other beers in the style with a slightly roasted character giving off hints of chocolate, toffee and caramel. In addition to all of these flavors, there is a subtle earthy hop presence that adds more depth, balance and complexity. It's not overpowering, providing just enough bitterness to balance things out a bit. Toward the end of the swallow there is some sweet alcohol phenols and subtle heat but the ABV is excellently masked with little to no warmth in the finish. This beer is dangerously drinkable at 10.2%.

Overall, this beer incredibly complex, delicious and extremely quaffable. The best example of the style that I've tried and one of the best beers I've ever drank.

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Photo of klewis
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one!!

06.12.09 on the cap

A: Pours into a small chalice with a reddish brown color and a bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: Beautifully complex smell. Raisins, figs, caramel, candy sugar, and several more aromas. Too many to identify, but they're all good.

T: Sweet but balanced with a multi-dimensional flavor. A taste of dark fruits is first noticable and is complemented with a sweet toffee-like flavor. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Blissful.

M: Full-bodied with carbonation that is a bit light for most Belgians, but just how I like it. A wam, fuzzy sensation from the alcohol.

D: Damn. An amazingly superb beer that is worth the hype. This one easily makes my top 3.

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Photo of mentor
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super huge thanks to Prufrock for the opportunity to try this one. Poured a third of the bottle to get three fingers of dark tan head over a gorgeous clear red red-brown liquid. Smells musty, yeasty, banana, pineapple, lightly anise and plum, hint of alcohol. Smells a little bit like some indoor public swimming pools. Dried hay, vanilla, flatly of raisins, some brown sugar. Not to the nose, but wafting up from the glass I get belgian candi-sugar.

Tastes, hmmm...chocolate with oodles more flavors and the beer develops into a rich deep wet chocolate like premium cake. Whoa, man, this beer is so damned tasty I'm having a hard time picking out flavors. So many, so rich vibrant, so complex, and well balanced. It's perposterous that something can taste this wonderful. Light fruity esters tamed by darker dry brooding malts. Alcohol sting is clean and mild and comes across as peppery. Phenolic funk is on the stage singing, but is just a voice in the choir. Brown sugar, some candi-sugar, amaretto, nutty. Vanilla keeps the dry finish in check. All this time I've been comtemplating a flavor that I couldn't put my finger on. But now I think I got it. Blueberry raisin bagel from a high quality bakery. Not a bite out of the bagel, but like you've scraped the soft dough out and are sucking on a piece of the toasty crust. Deliciously flavorful with a mild sweet seeping out as the amylases in your mouth break down the bread. Near the end of the glass the dry finish is becoming a bit woody. One more of these beers would likely be enough.

For a long time I've been wanting to review this beer so I could criticise 'the masses' for buying into all the hype. But I must say, this is the most amazing beer I've ever tasted in my life. Perhaps the most enjoyable treat of any sort I've ever tasted in my life. Too bad about the large head, this beer had a perfect score locked up for sure. Md-thick mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Creamy smooth body. I could drink this stuff forever.

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Photo of impending
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Into a tulip, it looks fine. simply dark

Held to the nose the scent is a siren song. Reluctant to sip as the scent may diminish. Quad defining.

The flavor justifies existence. Aftertaste lasts forever, till it doesn't.

The medium bodied mouthfeel is caressed by creamy goodness.

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Westmalle chalice. Date on the cap 23.04.11.

A - I may have poured it too delicately because the head was very thin and there was no lacing whatsoever. The body was magnificent though, cloudy brownish red that made my mouth water just looking at it.

S - So complex! Sweet aromas of cherries, plums, and red apples come through the strongest, complimented by more earthy aromas from the yeast. There seems to be much more going on here, but I'm not even going to try to figure out what it is.

T - Even more complex than the smell. The fruits, sugars, and yeast all combine to create a taste that leaves your palate writhing in a purely orgasmic state. The mix of sweetness and breadiness is simply divine. The alcohol tries to poke its head out as it warms, but even then it stays very well hidden.

M - Holy freaking Christ!!!! I never would have thought a Belgian quad could be so smooth! It's thick and fairly wet on the tongue and leaves a faint cherry aftertaste on the palate. The carbonation is low, but still keeps the sweetness in check perfectly. Oh, did I mention how incredibly smooth it is?

D - Please sir, may I have another?

Notes: This beer is positively phenomenal. Even without the hype and exclusivity, I have no doubt in my mind that I could easily call this the Holy Grail of beers. This beer doesn't need the hype to make it world-class. It speaks well enough for itself.

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Photo of mxchap
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was from the brick (picked up in December 2012), so it had a year of age on it.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown (more of a dark copper). Creamy head that dissipates quickly. No Lacing.
Aroma: Apples, Brandy, Nutmeg, Fusel Alcohol, Pears, and Toffee.
Taste: Toffee and dried fruit, brandy and green apples. Figs and plums. Caramel and raisins. Booze, but just the right amount.
Feel: Thick, but not overly heavy or chewy. Slightly acidic feel with low carbonation. Can sip on this for days and wish it doesn't end.
Overall: A unique and wonderful beer. Very nice quad. The complexity is unreal. It almost transcends beer. Very good. Malheur 12 used to be my favorite, but no longer.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this in a trade. It appears that the best by date reads 29.06.15.

Served chilled in a Orval goblet (for lack of a Sint Sixtus glass). The beer pours a clear brown color with ruddy highlights. The head that develops has a dense, creamy consistency and rises gently to form an ochre pillow that rises above the glass rim. As the head settles, it coats the glass in a solid sheet of Brussels lace. I decided to serve this with the lees.

A powerful aroma stirs as the beer is being poured. It is immediately reminiscent of a dark wishniak cola. Notes of raisins, red wine, and earthy hops emerge as it warms.

On the palate, the 12 has a very smooth, full body, with abundant carbonation, but not effervescent. The creamy finish carries a slight hint of this beer's strength, with only a pinprick of heat and warmth. The flavor is rich and bursting with cola, cherry, fig jam, and dried dark fruits in the finish. There is such a beautiful demure approach to this beer that has such a high alcohol content. It is bold, yet graceful.

I did not let this singular opportunity go by without attempting to pair it with some delicious French bleu cheese: Bleu d'Auvergne l'Or des Domes...stemmed from Roquefort if I am not mistaken, this cow's milk bleu is extremely creamy (like the beer) and is well-balanced and somewhat soft-spoken as well for a bleu cheese. A taste of this supple cheese, and the oils are released on the tongue, coating the palate. Guess what lifts those oils right off? That's right, the 12 just reacts on the tongue, bubbling up and contrasting against the lightly salty quality of the Auvergne cheese. The rich flavors of the beer stand up so well against this hearty cheese. My only wish is that I had a French-made baguette to tag along with this feast for the senses.

I am stunned by this beer. It is most definitely the best in the style that I have tasted, and the thing that continues to impress the the subtlety mixed with the strength and power of this beer. Well-balanced, full-bodied, powerful aroma and rich flavors, yet gentle on the palate, smooth, fine, and would age more than gracefully. This is a beer that deserves all the praise and were I more local, I would make the reservation necessary to buy a whole case of this.

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Photo of newk340
4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: a dark brown gorgeous pour, foamy khaki head filled the New Belgium goblet before i could finish pouring the bottle, left some wicked lacing.

S: everything? each time i put my nose in, found something new.

T: yummy! similar to smell, i tasted something different with each sip. certainly cant taste the booze. simple, but exactly what it should be.

MF/D: faint soothing sizzle of carbonation, fizzles to a smooth finish, foam coats the lips. certainly didn't want to drink anything but W12 afterwards.

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Photo of merlin48
4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brought one bottle of this back from a trip to the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, 9 days ago. $9.95 a bottle is pretty steep, so let's see what all the fuss is about. Pours an inviting cherry mahogany with a two finger head. Pleanty of lacing. Smells divine, but difficult to describe. Malt and fruitcake? Excellent feel in the mouth. Alcohol is definitely in there. Toffee, Kona coffee, plums, a lot going on here. Very tasty, almost like a separate course of a meal. Delicate lacing and a small yeasty head hang around for quite awhile.

Almost to room temperature now. It's got a kick to it with the high abv. Highly complex all around. Definitely a special occasion brew at the price. This is the best Belgian strong ale I've had in my life, including a few I've had in Belgium. This Westy is, for sure, worthy of its reputation. No sediment noted, and I just drained the bottle. Keeps getting better, and leaves you with a warm feeling. Caramel aftertaste, in a good way. Whew! Quite an experience.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A--Popped the cap and this one was a gusher, I probably should have let it settle for longer since it just arrived via FedEx 2 hours ago. Luckily it was a slow gusher and I only lost probably a half-ounce of beer total. Very dark brown in color with a full finger of camping head. Some nice sheets of lacing are left behind in my Dogfish Head signature glass

S--Plums, raisins, wood, orange peel, alcohol burn, apples, band aid, leather. You really have to let this one marinate because there is a new surprise around every corner

T--Behold, the famed Westy 12. Now I "get" it. I always wondered how a beer that people claimed was so unique could be so universally acclaimed. After all, one-of-a-kind flavor often can be polarizing. So where was the negative backlash? One sip and it all becomes clear. There is absolutely nothing offensive about this beer. How could anyone possibly NOT like this? I can't say whether this is the best beer I've ever had, because comparing it to other styles is difficult. But without question, this is the best Quad/BSDA I've ever had (and I've had all of the top rated ones). I'm not going to go into all the flavors, there are plenty of reviews for that. Just know that this is one smooth, complex, tasty mother of a beer

M--Full bodied and creamy with a slight carbonation sting

D--I really feel ashamed to be chugging this like I am. I can't help it. This is spectacular. This and HOTD Adam are the two most drinkable +10% ABV beers I have ever had. All around this beer is amazing, mind blowing, unbelievable. The hype is real. I need more. I will get more. I must get more.

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Photo of jdavolos88
4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh so rare, oh so delicious. This tall, dark and handsome long-neck left me sated. I really have nothing bad to say about this beer except the obvious, availability/distribution, but that is kind of what makes it fun with beers like this.

First reaction, pop the cap, smells like barn doors just swung open and the combination of decadent material with hay had me at hello. This may sound like a terrible description, but it was the happiest I have ever been to be overtaken with the smell of a farm.

This beer hit like a delicious piece of bread lightly buttered and rich in organic material. Totally satisfied, worth the wait and price. I am tired of being laughed when I call around to find it, however.

Best Trappist, best Belgian, incredible drink.

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4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

24.09.11 Cheers!!!

Pours a beautiful dark maroon color! I cant believe how beautiful this rich, dark , and inviting beer is. The monks got this right!

The smell from the bottle is a little boozy and full of dark fruits. Plum, grape, and raisins make up this bouquet of a brew!

Okay, now on too the taste. I seriously can not wait to try this again! wait for it...wow, this is so drinkable. It has a very nice fruit and nut flavor! Prunes, grapes and cashews make up the taste! It does have a boozy taste however its incredibly drinkable!

PS no special occasion I just couldn't wait any longer!

Thanks to bassmantin for sharing this brew.

The appearance was a dark prune color with minimal head. The smell was sweet and complex. As for the taste...mmmm, exotic fruits and a warm, yet subtle, alcohol taste made this brew a classy beer.

The mouth-feel was lite and delicious. I really enjoy this beer. I've never been a huge fan of Belgian brews because of the headaches they cause me but this beer is amazing.

I enjoy this beer. Get it. It will last forever!

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a decent sized sample I consumed at an epic tasting event held with the members of the SMBDC. I hate to fall victim to inflated scores due to this beer's rarity and reputation, but I do believe it is deserving of the highest ratings I have given.

The beer is clear and has a amber brown color. The head is tan and very bubbly. There is a sweet, semi-dry fruit that makes up the aroma. It smells like some sort of berry, but not one that I can identify (if I knew what it was, I'd go out and buy a pint). The flavor is big but not overbearing. There is some toasted malt and noticeable alcohol. The malts are sweet but never too much so. They impart a hint of strawberries that is most enjoyable. After each swallow the warmth of the alcohol lingers on and keeps you company until you bring the glass back to your lips. It has a medium body and plenty of carbonation. Swishing it about my mouth, the beer foams up quite a bit. I could easily drink a lot of this, at least until the alcohol caught up with me. It doesn't feel or taste like a 10% ABV beer at all. This is truly a world class beer. Nearly everything about it sets the standard for which quads should be judged. As I said above, Westy 12 is worth all of the praise it gets (but I must agree that there are some beers easier to obtain that come close to its greatness, see St. Bernardus 12), and it deserves your attention.

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Photo of Jcb890
4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off - WOW!

A: The beer pours a nice dark brown.

S: Smells of caramel with hints of fruit and malt.

T: First off, it is absolutely delicious. Exceptionally smooth and it has a great aftertaste. It is a very complex, yet awesome taste.

D: I wish I could have had many more. Very drinkable considering it is a much heavier beer and has a somewhat high ABV.

This is the best beer I have ever tasted and I am genuinely jealous of those that live close enough to go to the brewery and partake in this wonderful beer.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into Orval Chalice

Appearance: Dark, nearly opaque brown with a large, long-standing tan head. Foam stays.

Smell: Sweet bread and yeast notes, with grape and happle hints. Also, some slight floral aromas.

Taste: Sort of a "dirty" flavor. Yeast throughout, finishing with notes of alcohol and heavy tart apple flavors and a slight hint of red wine.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and chewy, smooth, with balanced, natural carbonation. The finish warms you up a bit.

Drinkability: This is an absolutely outstanding beer. It tastes great, smells great, looks great, and, unsurprisingly, drinks great. If you can get your hands on this beer, do it- now.

Thanks to Brabander, who sent some bottles of this and thanks to my roommate, wahmaster, for allowing me to have one.

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4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

333 mL bottle, 19.09.10 date on cap

A: Pours a deep dark brownish almost purpled hued under a medium sized slightly off white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Instantly you are hit with a candied dark fruit, very sweet, vinous. Maybe a hint of toasted malt. Cherries, grapes, plums, ever so slight hint of chocolate and booze. Excellent.

T: Taste doesn't disappoint. Fruit is there again, bit of toasted malt, booze is present and a certain spice note. Sweet up front with very little bitterness in the finish. Chewy malt present up front as well. Slight nuttiness and maybe some chocolate in the end, too. Again, excellent.

M/D: Full bodied, but not too heavy. Carbonation is a bit prickly and this is really the only negative of the beer for me. Drinkability is excellent even for a big quad. Absolutely worth every ounce of praise that has been heaped upon it. Excellent beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you Cstromberg57 for this!!!

11.2 oz bottle, date on the cap is 18.11.14 so 2011 bottling, poured into a Chimay Chalice

A- Dark brown/red with a two finger head that fades to a small light tan cap.

S- Sweet dark fruits, figs, plums, cherries, hint of spices, bananas, grapes, touch of alcohol, just complex and great.

T- Wow, a lot going on here, finish really surprised me, it is bitter from earthy spices and a hint of alcohol. Not as much dark fruits as the nose but the are here and work very well the the yeast, some grapes, some bready notes. Very well balanced, very complex and delicate.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium body.

O- Just great, and I am very happy I was able to get a bottle. I can't not wait to try this again, easily one of the best beer I have had, and very easy to drink...I almost finished the bottle before the review and that rarely happens with me. The 10.2% ABV really sneak up on you!

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4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Happy birthday to clvand0 with the drinking of this beer. Although it was a few days ago, I still can't get this one out of my head. The beer poured a beautiful dark brown color with a 2 finger head that barely falls at all. The lace is almost solid around the top of the chalice as I drank the beer down. The nose was very fruity, with lots of sweet fig tones, and an almost appley, crisp aroma. There is a nice spiceyness as it warms as well. The flavor is awesome. Very mellow, wtih a spiceyness and an alcohol burst that play very well together. The flavor moves into the fig, and slightly bready notes, but also with a touch bitter on the finish. The feel was smooth, slightly creamy and moderate to thick. Just a nice beer. I didn't want to put the glass down with this beer. This is definately a world class beer. Thanks to SheepNutz for trading this to me before I knew what a treat it was. What a show of advocacy.

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 1,769 ratings.