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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,632 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,632
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,860
Gots: 1,325 | FT: 104
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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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +3%

Dear friends just returning from Belgium honoured me with this offering that we opened the same night due to a bit of dampness around the top of the bottle, possibly due to the flight over the Atlantic. The bottle cap bore the date 26-05-10. I could hardly wait to see what this Trappist offering was all about!

Poured into a Chimay goblet - with the letters turned around ofcourse. This showed as a dark, opaque plum or prune colour that, under a very bright light, had an off-orange hue around the edges and was hazy and cloudy in the middle. A half-inch head flattenned out to a thinner crown of very tiny bubbles that covered the whole top of the beer. These were a multitude of slow risers that persisted throughout.

The smell was a rich aroma of fresh dates. Full, rich taste in the mouth with balanced bitterness. The finish was elegant and satisfying and not overpowering in the least despite the alcohol content. The mouthfeel was really exceptional and the finish satisfying, long and lingering. The subtle carbonation stayed for the duration of the tasting, even while there was less than a half inch left in the glass. This was truly a delightful taste experience, many thanks for this one.

08-19-2007 13:56:43 | More by ThatWineGuy
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Keyes88

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3%

07-15-2013 02:12:49 | More by Keyes88
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Beerrenda

California

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peteh2112

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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Rado

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

09-02-2013 03:01:52 | More by Rado
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Benempt

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

Amazing. Just keeps going, tastes so perfect. Thank you OC beer kings for the bottle share.

Appearance - chunky and bubbly! Obvious debris in the dark brown effervescence.

Smell - mild? Hard to recall.

Taste - Amazing. With the deep brown color, it is hard not to think of tootsie rolls.

Mouthfeel - sipping was delicious, didn't want to try quaffing. Coated my mouth with a long lasting taste I'd never had before.

Overall - Unique and precious, must try.

06-10-2014 21:46:35 | More by Benempt
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Shandycan

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

02-07-2014 20:56:34 | More by Shandycan
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Davihaw

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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KingStephenR

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3%

12-30-2012 05:06:23 | More by KingStephenR
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FranzBC

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-28-2013 22:03:17 | More by FranzBC
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joefuzz

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3%

11-23-2012 08:14:01 | More by joefuzz
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Braden

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +3%

11-14-2013 06:11:39 | More by Braden
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jbear68

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3%

12-29-2011 19:01:44 | More by jbear68
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sind310

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-23-2012 09:26:00 | More by sind310
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TnA

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3%

08-02-2014 21:58:30 | More by TnA
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justfinish

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3%

07-17-2013 00:23:16 | More by justfinish
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jnich2424

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3%

08-25-2014 22:50:25 | More by jnich2424
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Slipmthgoose

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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dkw0063

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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bmmortale

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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littlebeer

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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controlfate

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3%

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SammyJaxxxx

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3%

04-28-2014 02:17:55 | More by SammyJaxxxx
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

I finally got to try this beer! Huge thanks to Deuane and Carolyn (Sierrags), I owe you two big time!!!

Poured into a stemmed tulip from a 12oz bottle. The appearance defines eye candy. A very hazy and viscous brown with no visibility through the body. Pours an initially foamy creamy light khaki head with streaks of what looks like cocoa powder. The head retains at a creamy, thin layer. Slight lacing rests about an inch above the body.

The smells is mind numbingly complex. Every time my nose takes a whiff, I smell something different. I want to break this down as far as I can so hear goes... Tons of toffee/bitter caramel scents, light belgian candied sugars, raisins, white grapes, brown sugar, light coriander, semi tart cherry, and some light cocoa scents. The smell isn't in your face, but it blends so well together.

The taste is exceptional in the same way that the scent is. Everything noted in the scent is visible in the taste in some form or another in addition to some figs, vanilla, and some plum and red grapes. This beer is so smooth, I don't know if this has come with age (2.5 years cellared) or what, but this is such a well crafted beer.

Initially, the high carbonation is a little bit off-putting, but as it warms and dies down it becomes much more pleasing. I didn't really understand the darker complex belgians when I began my journey. Beers like this, Rochefort 8/10, and St Bernardus 12 really help in making sense of the magical and mythical works of the trappists!

08-07-2009 23:28:15 | More by CoolJosh
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StogieAddict

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +3%

05-14-2013 19:56:52 | More by StogieAddict
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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