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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,457 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,457
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 2,781
Gots: 1,250 | FT: 98
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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moshea

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

06-06-2013 17:17:37 | More by moshea
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pentathlete

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had a few of these put away, so today (MAY DAY!) I finally popped one. Pours a deep dark ruby black, with only a table of head that did leave lace on the glass after each sip. Smells like a spicy plum candy, some cinnamon sprinkled prunes, yet without a heavy sweetness. Taste is so velvety smooth, complex combination of dark fruits, slight sucrose, and peppery spices. Is this a big beer? While there is the faint hint of alcohol, this beer is amazingly quaffable. This is the beer to convert your faux-wine-loving friends to come back to barley. Mouthfeel is medium full with just enough carbonation to keep it from being a sweet old ale or barleywine.

Surprisingly, this beer is not overpoweringly "Belgian" meaning that it lacks that dominating Belgian yeast smell and flavor. They're there to be sure, but it takes a back seat to everything else going on. There are only a few beers that deserve such high praise. These beers could easily become an addiction. Luckily, this one costs about US$8.29 for a 330ml bottle. So, unless I start selling off the wife's basket collection, I'll keep this beer to about one a month.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2005 23:14:59 | More by pentathlete
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furthurgone

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

04-16-2014 04:40:57 | More by furthurgone
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ktenneydenver

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

04-21-2014 17:15:48 | More by ktenneydenver
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IAmAWalrus

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

02-17-2014 00:29:08 | More by IAmAWalrus
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smolder23

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

04-18-2014 13:31:36 | More by smolder23
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brittanylicious

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

05-03-2014 12:56:08 | More by brittanylicious
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bobv

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a Rochefort chalice not too vigorously. 1/4 in. head dissipates fairly slowly.

S: Raisins at first, maybe a little banana. As it warms a dark, honey-like smell is wafting in and out. Sort of molasses, but, not quite. Figs show up as it warms even more. When will it stop evolving? Can't quite put my finger on this nose, but, it is rather heavenly. Complex is a word that comes to mind, but, it's more than that, sort of all-encompassing. Now, even later, licorice comes through as it loses carbonation.

T: Heat is apparent, but, in a good way. Figs, raisins, molasses and a wonderful yeast. Can't wait to crack another, when the snow flies, and go outside for a walk.

M: Superb mouthfeel, carbonation is spot-on, the way beers should strive to be.

O: This, to me, is the ultimate Christmas beer, it has a certain holiness to it, and I am not a church-goer! Glad to finally try this brew, even more glad I have 5 more!

Pray for snow!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 03:09:37 | More by bobv
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kodt

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

03-06-2013 21:19:28 | More by kodt
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Skrypt

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

10-12-2013 20:57:04 | More by Skrypt
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TheLostGringo

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

03-14-2013 20:23:16 | More by TheLostGringo
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JohnG190

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From the 2012 American release. Pours a hazy chestnut, lots of sediment, with a thick, off-white head that diminishes to a frothy cap that remained throughout. The aroma is full of dark fruits, brown sugar, malt, and warm spices. On the palate there's the dark fruit, but unlike the aroma, these are reminiscent of holiday fruit-cake dark fruits - sweet, but not cloyingly so. Nice bready malt with hints of clove. The 10% ABV adds a nice warming feeling but doesn't overwhelm. Velvety, medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall, this is a very complex and well crafted quad. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it, but hunting this down is hardly worth the effort with so many other readily available outstanding quads, especially Rochefort and St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 12:18:29 | More by JohnG190
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smitherz22

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

08-17-2013 05:23:01 | More by smitherz22
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flockti


4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

06-28-2012 01:31:09 | More by flockti
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

07-22-2012 15:42:58 | More by PEIhop
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TallSaint

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

04-06-2013 17:18:39 | More by TallSaint
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crisis44

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

06-01-2012 22:37:14 | More by crisis44
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AutumnBeerLove

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

07-27-2012 13:46:05 | More by AutumnBeerLove
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gamanley

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

07-24-2013 21:43:07 | More by gamanley
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Overlord

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At long last, the holy grail-esque Westy 12.

Pours a murky brown/red color, not much head, but there is a thin rim of carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable considering the ABV. Not as thick as I expected.

Taste is sublime. Very much what I could imagine quaffing by the jugful in a European village pub. Delicious cherries, plums, malt, and just a hint of spiciness to the palate. Very well integrated considering its ridiculous complexity. I could go on and on, but this a beer that I suspect has been thoroughly reviewed before.

Not my favorite beer, but it's up there.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 08:03:28 | More by Overlord
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

05-08-2014 00:51:59 | More by Walkerjgt
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joemochas

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

02-20-2014 18:31:01 | More by joemochas
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steinlifter

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:This poured a cloudy caramel, moderate bubbles rising to the top, with a rich tan head that dissipated after a few minutes but left broken lace all the way through.

Smell: aroma of apple now&later's, dark fruits.

Taste: apples,malts, complex fruits, alcohol bite that mellows.

Mouthfeel:medium body, bit of creaminess, alcohol warmth, slight chewiness.

Drinkability: Is fantastic! this IS world class! but High abv, sippin beer for sure! but it's just a rare treat, to sit, sip, and savor this, simply great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 00:52:30 | More by steinlifter
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radshoesbro

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thanks a lot to GCurlow for the hook up via stevemcqueenjr!

after wanting this beer for nearly 5 years i'm finely able to drink it! huzah!!

pours a deep redish brown with very little head and showing a small amount of carbonation.

smell is definitely very hot for my liking and i was slightly worried that this was going to be ultra boozey, but that's not the case at all. the booziness gives way to marciano cherries and molasses.

complex. first sips taste of melted dark chocolates and buttery smooth malts. as you get further in a slight zestiness at first gives way to cherries, plum, and a sweet candied taste at points. other dark fruits seem to pop up every now and then.

very smooth in the mouth, not very much carbonation, but it just adds to how smooth and truly drinkable this beer is.

drinkable? absolutely!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 01:50:18 | More by radshoesbro
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elamb106

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

07-08-2014 13:32:36 | More by elamb106
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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