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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5,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,038
Reviews: 1,637
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 3,029
Gots: 1,501 | FT: 107
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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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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of HiGravShawn
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep red brown. Thick fizzy head which settles into some nice lacing.

S: Earth and prunes with a little spiciness.

T: Rich and earthy with tons of dark fruit and deep complex Belgian sugar flavor. The warmth from alcohol is present and blends nicely with the depth for flavor for a pleasant mind dulling enjoyment.

M: Medium to heavy in body with a good dose of carbonation. This is my one complaint as it hides the flavor and took a few sips to adjust to the fizziness. Carbonation with fruitiness initially gave me an initial perception of a carbonated wine.

O: This definitely lives up to the hype. I am not disappointed at all. I have one more bottle so will probably refine this when I break it open.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BilbosNuts
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bluz4Frank fro hooking me up with this.
Poured from a 330mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a beautiful garnet color with a deep red hue. A one finger, pearl white head sits on to and reduces to a thin film across the top after a few minutes. Some spotted lacing is left behind.

S: A wonderful blend of dark fruits (blackberries, raspberries, and dark cherries) come through initially. There is significant sweetness, along with a nice caramel malt backbone.

T: Very similar to the aroma with a blast of sweet Belgian sugar, blackberries, raspberries, and cherries. It ends with a slight alcohol finish.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Finishes a little hot, but the sweet dark fruits keep you coming back.

O: This definitely lives up to the hype. I am not disappointed at all. Glad I was able to try it, now I must get more.

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle, drinking out of the chalice:

Appearance: Dark brown with an off-white head that has some staying power. Definitely looks unfiltered with some nice yeast chunks swirling around like snow in a globe.

Smell: Booze, brown sugar, dark fruit, raspberries and some biscuity aroma.

Taste: Definitely in line with the nose. Brown sugar paired with dark fruit up front, with some berry and red wine notes that give way to a bread biscuit middle. This all fades out into the smoothest of finishes that kind of just sees everything decrescendo into a pleasant bready finish, that leaves you longing for the next sip. There is some booze noticeable in the middle/end depending on how you drink, but it's nothing overbearing and definitely far from harsh.

Mouthfeel: Not too much, not too little. Just right for this gravity and lends to the "drinkability" *cringe.*

Overall: Don't know if it lives up to the godly hype(what beer can?) but make no mistake, this is a balanced, delicious beer with a great flavor profile that didn't disappoint me.

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3.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

MASSIVE thanks to Rempo for this bottle...

Cap date: 29.10.05

A: Pours a murky brown and tan with a thin ring of pure white head around the edges of the glass. The foam ring lingers for as long as the beer is in the glass. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is quite interesting. I get alcohol burn, berry notes, malt, and sugar. To be perfectly honest... it smells like some sort of cough syrup.

T: This beer tastes like moldy berries, soaked pumpernickel bread, rock candy, and booze.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet to start and cloying.

O: I know this beer has a huge claim to fame, but I'm just not a fan. I have had this many times in the past year, in a bunch of different vintages, and I remain firm on my ranking. I just don't like it. I don't understand all the hype. I can only trust my taste-buds. What I will say, is that I like this beer much better when it is fresh. This particular bottle has 10+ years on it.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Spectre
4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer but I personally have had better at a smaller expense.

Gold/brown body with thick tan head. Has a sweet and spicy smell with matching flavor that pops while going down. Does not go down smooth but doesn't really need to considering this is one that you will sip slow.

Overall this beer is better than average and has a lot of flavor that will get better with age.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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