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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,740 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,740
Reviews: 1,618
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,903
Gots: 1,362 | FT: 105
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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4.11/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From bottle at In de Vreede, September 2012. Pours a deep amber color with a big rocky head. Aromas of figs, plums, candi sugar, dark chocolate, and dates. The palate is rich with fine carbonation and flavors of molasses, plum, raisins, spice, and some caramel. Finishes semi dry and not overly sticky. Well balanced.

pperez38, Aug 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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alexmel7, Jul 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

greenmonstah, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of MarkJBurch
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Two vintages in front of me, 2013 and 2005. The younger is slightly lighter, with much less sediment, both carefully poured. Thin head exists on both, more so on the younger vintage, light lacing. Dark, ruby and amber tones.

Nose is much more assertive with the older vintage, candi sugar, dark fruit and booze. Apple-ish esters exclusive to the older vintage, come into the back of the nose after sipping.

2013: Intense dark fruit, plum, raisin and dates. Burnt caramalized sugar, fruit esters, light diacetyl. Sweet with a harsh alacohol burn on the throat. Full bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

2005: Smooth, muddled fruit. Berries? Much sweeter than the young bottle. Ever try a milk chocolate covered raisin? Imagine that in s'mores, the sweetness of marshmellow, faint bittness associated with fine chocolate and a bready element thrown into the mix. A lot going on here. Alcohol is less prevelent but still present. The vintage bottle is thinner than the younger example.

Worth a try, for sure. Lucky enough to be in Belgium during the time of this review but the vintage bottle still broke the bank. I like them both, but prefer it with age. My guess would be that four years, somewhere in the middle of these two vintages... Could be perfection. Taking a couple fresh bottles home with me, time will tell!

MarkJBurch, Jul 30, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well, I went into this one with high expectations this past Father's Day as I had this with my dad as his gift. My straight honest opinion was this was not the best Trappist beer I've ever had. The dark fruits and spicy notes came through fully, but did not floor me as "the best beer in the world". The hype definitely comes from it's limited availability methinks.

bnelson997, Jul 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

kazzie21, Jul 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

MadScientist, Jul 30, 2013
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 4,740 ratings.