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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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5,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,126
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3,082
Gots: 1,551 | FT: 115
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer courtesy of Brabander a generous BA member.

The bottle cap states 27.09.12

A: Dark ruby hue. Some sediment floating around.

S: Raison on the nose, some plum. Reminds me of wine

T: On initial taste, its a rush of flavors with champangne like carbonation activity taking place. Maltiness and yeast are present. Nut and caramel. By taste 6, the carbonation lays back, and those nutty tastes come out. Alcohol is well hidden, though I do feel internal warmness.

Great overall. Happy I tried it. I would love to have it again. I think I expected to be blown away, yet I cant think of a beer that I have had.
Must try!

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

Pours a very dark brown. Big fluffy head that dissipates somewhat quick. Silky white lacing. Looks delicious. Too many smells to distinguish. Fig, caramel, raison, plumb, jam, malt, honey, tea, spices and mild alcohol. Flavors are abundant as well. It tastes of all that the smell indicates and it is an unreal flavor experience. The warming from the alcohol is the only indication that it exists. A spicy semi dry finish. The drinkability is unreal for any beer, especially for this type and abv. Lives up to the hype through and through. A unique experience that should be on every BA's list.

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

Had this with St. Bernardus 12 to compare properly. They look very, very similar... identical, really. A dark brown with red tints, a good tan head that lingers. Couldn't tell the difference between the two.

Smells is raisiny and chocolatey with a sweet maltyness in there and a breadyness near the end. Light but complex- each layer is separate and precise, but they all come together very nicely.

Taste is amazing- raisins at the forefront, but there's caramel, vanilla, chocolate and coffee in there too. A good amount of brown sugar adds to the sweetness without putting it over the edge. There's a butteryness in here- in the mouthfeel and in the flavor, making it extremely smooth- and almost dessert-like. Dessert "fosters" style comes to mind- caramelized fruit and brown sugar. And there is a decidedly peppery flavor and feel at the very end- adds this great level of spicyness to the whole thing, wrapping up the flavor nicely.

Mouthfeel is, as I said, very smooth and buttery, also bubbley, chewy, and full- I believe I felt it was "lip-smacking, teeth-licking good." Highly drinkable for such a strong beer (which, by the way, I couldn't really taste, but certainly felt as I warmed up.) Deep and complex, tasty, and becomes even sweeter and more lovely as it warms up.

I really enjoyed both beers- but I prefer this. The flavors seem to harmonize much better, it's deeper, richer. If only this was easier to find...

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