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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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4,824 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,824
Reviews: 1,621
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,932
Gots: 1,393 | FT: 105
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website

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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5/5  rDev +8.5%

modidia, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with one and a half fingers of off white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, dark brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Spicy yeast with notes of molasses, brown sugar, and a bit of a boozy note. Kind of rum like really.

T - A bit of dark fruit up front which is quickly washed away by toasty brown malt. Lots of burnt sugar and toast in the middle with a spicy finish of clove, licorice, and some tea like herbal bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a vey dry finish for such a strong beer.

D - Well, after years of wondering if I would ever have a chance to try this, here I am. You have to sort of expect that a beer with this much hype might fail, at least a little bit, to lie up to its reputation and as much as I hate to say it this is no exception. It is harshly toasty and kind of one dimensional, with a sickly sugary flavor that tastes like someone put too much sugar in their homebrew. It isn't as good as ABT 12 and its not even in the same building as Rochefort 10. I'm glad I only traded for one, I would guess this would fall off the top 100 rapidly if people could get it more easily.

nickfl, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger frothy with excellent lacing on a murky brown with amber hue body.

S: dark fruits, molasses, spices, belgian yeast, candy and brown sugar

T: caramel and toasted malt base, brown sugar, fruits including pear, fig, some plum and raisin. Belgian yeast with some spices, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. Hint of chocolate and toffee arrive in the finish.

M: crisp up front, finishing smooth and dry. medium to full body and moderate to high carbonation. oily, coating the palate

Overall: A lot of hype around this one. It is certainly an excellent beer. I feel there are other Quads out their that are similar enough to this one without all of the recognition. Regardless it was great to be able to try this one.

kylehay2004, Dec 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

caverog, Dec 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

MaseFace, Dec 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

MRsojourner, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

Beerontwowheels, Dec 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Tumble, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark red/brown hazy color. Light brown head that leaves justa little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Candied sugars, dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, bananas, honey, wood, and yeast.

Taste: Mostly the same as the smells but with some mild alcohol taste and a little hint of salt?

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth. Suprising that there is not very much stickiness which is nice. Carbonation tickles the palate.

Overall: I have been waiting a long time to try this and it did not disappoint.

stereosforgeeks, Dec 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

JOrtt, Dec 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

Balz360, Dec 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Krisp Beverages
San Diego, CA

A gorgeous beverage. Very dark ruby bordering on a complete brown, with a pillowing, light, airy, and creamy dark khaki colored head that leaves the glass with a constant sheet of sticky bubbles all the way down the glass. Gorgeous quad.

A collection of dark fruits in the aroma, chocolate cherries, figs, and dates, along with dark molasses, and distinct yeast character.

The flavor isn't quite as complex as the aroma, unfortunately, though still nice. Lots of dark fruit, spicy yet balanced yeast character, toasted biscuit, and just a bit of alcohol.

The beer is a triumph in the mouthfeel department. Silky, melting, creamy, and disappearing--wild for such a rich, and relatively sweet beer.

Fantastic, but truthfully not worth the price point with St. Bernardus and Rochefort examples readily available. Very glad I (finally) got to try this, however.

ehammond1, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of jdprmd
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Snifter

A - Rust orange not much lacing, finger length of bubbly head

S - Fantastic!... apricot, raisin, mild bits of star fruit, sweet pipe tobacco, dark belgian candy sugar. I am simply amazed with the smell I feel like I am missing something here. All I can say is 5/5

T - Dark fruit, orange peal, coriander, browned plums, raisin, kinda boozy, in a good way. A bit of a nutty finish (reminds me of oak aged beers)

M - Perfect, it couldn't be better. perfect balance of dryness and substance

O - Satisfied and cant wait for my other two bottles to age!

jdprmd, Dec 20, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up two bricks on 121212 by taking a hostage teetotaler in with me to the store and have drank two of the bottles in the beautiful glasses provided in the set. An excellent Quad, still a little sweet but many complicated flavors and aromas come out as it warms up. I taste something like black cherry in it, but that is just my taste buds, I suppose - not many other people have picked that type of fruit note.

Have had this BA account for some time without posting anything, although I look at it often and today I wanted to add a new beer from my local brewery that I am excited about, but found there is a 20 review limit before that can be done! So, the local beer is also a big Quad, and what I am about to say might be considered sacrilege to the obvious Westvleteren 12 lovers here but compared to the offering in the "brick" set, my local boys beat that!

Tomorrow we have a bocce game and there will be some vintage WV12's on hand to compare with these new ones so I will have my second review to post.

(BTW - anyone who says this brick set is overpriced does not value the glasses enough, they are excellent. And two - the bottle says in Latin, “Ad aedificandam abbatiam adiuvi” which means “I helped to build the abbey.” How cool is that?!

RockAZ, Dec 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Espy30, Dec 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

RockinRob925, Dec 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

MCBrigno, Dec 19, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into the Westvleteren goblet. This one is pretty fresh - wanted to try one before it had some age.

A: A big, light brown head forms on top of the beer that is brown with red highlights. Medium to high level of carbonation.

S: Fruity (pear, apple, some banana), some sweet malt aroma, and almost a fruit syrup aspect? Perhaps candied fruit is a better comparison.

T: Big apple and pear notes. Sweet maltiness, some dark spiciness. A spicy sweetness that I can't quite place that reminds me of the spices in apple cider (cinnamon? cloves?) - but any comparisons to cider end there. Very noticeable alcohol at end - warming alcohol presence down the esophagus.

M: Medium body, great carbonation sensation present through a velvety beer - very nice. Alcohol very noticeable.

O: This is excellent, though hot...too hot right now. But, I can't wait to see what months and years do for this beer.

macrosmatic, Dec 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Stizz19, Dec 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

ripweblo, Dec 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

VaTechHopHead, Dec 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

brotherloco, Dec 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

esullivan880, Dec 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

epicd3, Dec 17, 2012
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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