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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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5,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,131
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 3,084
Gots: 1,558 | FT: 116
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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: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this acquisition.

Consumed 4/28/12

Note: I've wanted to try this for years (not that I am alone in this aspect), and this is truly an epic occasion

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown color with some orange highlights - a gigantic head forms from a gentle pour, slowly fades to a remarkably thick cap - fluffy, absurdly creamy head, just looks pretty

Smell: Rich layers of Belgian yeast, spices, dark fruits, and malts - Belgian yeast tartness with some gentle clove - the fruity esters here are ridiculous - just about every dark fruit I can even identify, like grapes, figs, dates - lighter fruits, too, including cherries - some fruity sweetness - deep malts, very cooked, with caramel and molasses - a slight touch of port-like booze

Taste: Majestic- a nice, dry tartness that comes from a ton of dark fruit flavors - figs, dates, cherries, some spices, but surprisingly not a Belgian yeast bomb - on the sweet side, but not excessively sweet, and it's nicely balanced by some bitterness - dry molasses, toffee, caramel, with a touch of alcohol - very complex, but actually not as deep as the lovely aroma

Mouthfeel: Nearly full body, smooth, a little dry, creamy and great carbonation

Overall: Damn you monks!

Well, this lives up to the reputation. This is a fantastic quad. So many fruity esters, a great malt profile, and some bitterness that holds everything together. My only complaint is that it's has a little too much dry booze. This is pretty magical, but it's not the best beer I've ever had. I think this is a good thing, as this is not exactly easy to get.

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Westvleteren 12 ( xii )
10.2% ABV

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep muddy opaque brown, with a frothy, rocky ecru colored head. Sheeting lacing that is dissipating the head rapidly as I watch bringing it down to a spotted thin halo. Very interesting to watch that.

AROMA: Super bountiful bouquet, lots of plum, raisins, dates and brandy right away. Christmas spices hanging around with some sweet caramelized brown sugars that are ever present.

TASTE: Complex flavors that change with every sip. Rich sweet dark deep fruits, cocoa layered with a malty sweetness. Some over ripe banana and those winter spices. There is a bit of hear from the alcohol but still nicely balanced.

MOUTHFEEL: Full body with lazy low carbonation. Creamy and chewy that really expands in your mouth. Long sweet finish with a slight bit of bitterness.

OVERALL: This was on my beer bucket list and it's hard not to be biased from all the hype. I do think it lived up to it though. I think it's a brilliant example of the style and I am really happy I got to try it. I don't feel like it's mind blowing and I can't say it's the best Belgian Quad in the world because I haven't had a lot to compare it to but on its own it really was a pretty amazing beer!

RATING: 4.8/5 Zombie Heads!

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