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

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4,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,394
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,759
Gots: 1,227 | FT: 97
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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New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-21-2012 01:05:04 | More by jmpizzo
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3.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For sale now in Holland. Had a bottle which was very young.

A Dark brown, with yeast clouds in it.

S Sweet chocolate and sugered fruits.

T. Full bodied, sweet chocolate and fruit and warming.

M. Warming due to the high alcohol level

O. A liquid bonbon.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 14:17:12 | More by schuim
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

04-19-2012 18:00:06 | More by Hyhat
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

04-19-2012 05:05:46 | More by mrsdrabmuh
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

04-17-2012 04:49:52 | More by PuFtonLyfe
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-16-2012 20:25:17 | More by BeerBaron
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4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not my favorite style, but damn tasty non the less.

A: Single finger head, decent retention, creamy off-white color settling to a thin white film. The body itself is deep rusty colored brew that is partly cloudy, but still allowed you to see bubble rising to the top.

S: Cherries, grain, dark fruits, belgian yeat, green apples and other tart notes. High ABV was surprisingly not detectable.

T: Did a side by side with Rochefort 10 and Abt 12. I found the Westy to be the winner due to its subtle richness and high level of drinkability. I detected hints of cherry, but much more in the grain and dark fruit department.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O: Pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 19:02:49 | More by tjkinate
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4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2007 vintage bottle (33cl) at Akkurat; murky brown with a concerted cloudy core, a tan light foam rests at the surface consisting of tiny bubbles. Perceptible sediments in the glass. Polite medium intensity nose with multiple layered odor of massive licorice aroma, refreshing cola syrup, chocolate pudding, butterscotch and a hint of fruit, raisins mostly. Along with superb complexity this beer brings synergy to my nose each time I sense it. The beer is full bodied, mouth filling and silky. The high alcohol is not quite evident and malty taste above and beyond the perfect equilibrium of bitterness and sweetness brings this beer into sum balance. Caramelized tones, licorice, butterscotch, dried fruit, cacao, cola syrup and some tiny hints, symptomatic of bubblegum summer berries. This beer is outstanding, and yet I feel there's something missing. The concentration is outstanding, but not extravagant. This is surely a masterpiece, but I'm not blown away. Perhaps my expectations were excessively high for this legend of a beer, lacking a bit of feel and extraordinary touch. http://quaffable.org/?p=32

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 10:55:14 | More by dln646
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

04-16-2012 02:37:01 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-14-2012 16:43:30 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-14-2012 12:51:30 | More by Askchucky
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4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed my first Westy 12 tonight! What a treat. Thank you Kayn169!

A: A dark brown with an amber hue. Nice head and great retention.

S: Very aromatic. Sweet smelling. Darker fruits. Plum, brown sugar, figs and molasses. Smells fantastic, especially as it warms up.

T: Very complex and well balanced. Plum, molasses and other dried fruits. A little alcohol finish. Tastes absolutely fantastic!

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

O: This a fantastic beer. The flavor and smells have increased dramatically as the beer has warmed up. This beer was well worth seeking out! Definitely deserves to be within the top 10!

EDIT: I had this a second time and was a little different. The smell and taste were extremely nutty. Almond was my first thought.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 03:59:02 | More by Rinkor16
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Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +3%

04-14-2012 01:31:12 | More by Mattgruv
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-13-2012 23:32:47 | More by swgwilt
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4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Travis from Roast for this one, complete surprise as I had never had it.

Poured from bottle into a tulip.

A: Deep Amber/Brownish Hue with an off-white head, a far amount of lacing.

S: Perfect smell - lots of darkfruit, brown sugar, yeast and a little booze.

T: Taste is perfect melding of the dark fruits such as the raisins and plums with the brown sugar sweetness and yeast coming through.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation - very smooth.

O: Super complex beer that blends everything together wonderfully. This was fantastic for a quad which I'm not the biggest fan of. I certainly now need to get my hands on a few more of these. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 01:22:25 | More by BeRanger
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

04-12-2012 18:55:57 | More by futurecode
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South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3%

04-12-2012 14:14:31 | More by CBlack85
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-10-2012 18:26:04 | More by BobbysLiquors
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4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle, dated 20.5.14, was bottled on May 20, 2011 as the dating looks 3 years out and is a freshness guide, although let's face it, a quad of this quality can age gracefully for decades. Westy 12 pours a fantastic burgundy brown with nice hints of light amber and caramel brown. A nice big 3 finger tannish, bone colored head sits atop the beer that has pretty decent retention, leaves behind a lot of film atop the beer and around the glass, but also yields a fair amount of soapy lacing. The aroma is wonderful, lots of tart dark fruit, cherries, plums, some prune, that is balanced with some caramel sweetness that also brings out some brown sugar and a bit of the alcohol, but in a nice smooth way rather than something more abrasive and hot. Lastly, there is a great amount of that famous Belgian yeast in the nose that really ties everything together. The flavors are exceptionally complex, nice raisiny start that gets very bready right away, the yeast really comes out and with it, come a variety of wonderful flavors. Tart notes of cherry, plum and dark grape, some smokey tobacco and leathery flavors, some brown sugar, alcohol and caramel also come around at the end that gives the beer a nice smooth sweet finish. Every sip yields more flavor, more complexity and enhances the overall experience. The body is great, higher than expected carbonation, but still big, thick, and smooth, yet finishes quite dry.

Verdict: Simply sublime. I may not consider it the best beer in the world, but it has earned its reputation as one everyone should make a point to try in their lifetime. The flavors are balanced so well and have seemingly endless complexity, definitely worth the effort to get.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 03:44:08 | More by kevanb
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

04-09-2012 16:55:10 | More by daveytheformer
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

04-09-2012 14:39:48 | More by HopsHopenstein
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New Jersey

4.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

from monk's mad monday, russian river pliny the younger charity drive 3 march 2012.
after the raffles were called, the table next to ours won the trappist collection. upon reception of their winnings, they immediately cracked open this behemoth. the kind, classy, lovely people shared with us.

still and dark. no head in my glass. a dark brown with some purple hues. no lacing really or residue left on the glass.

my god. smelled so strongly of prunes, dates, raisins, molasses. it smelled like brandy. so potent. this, i imagined, is what a quad should smell like. i smelled this one for at least five minutes. unreal concentration of fruit/alcohol. unbelievable.

stop everything. all of it. big and bold. sweet and smooth. this is brandy without the booze. this is cognac without the bite. the smell/taste correlation for this beer is astounding. prune, fig, date, plum, brown sugar, molasses, honey, light booze, all in the highest and most pleasurable regard. fucked up.

the feel on this one is so pure; that is, for all the powerful flavors and sweetness, it finishes so cleanly, smoothly, and not at all too powerfully based on the fruit flavors present. the drink is smoother than any quad i've had.

i didn't know when i'd have this. i certainly did not expect to have it shared from complete strangers, though it was monk's, and any good beer lover knows damn well that the only way to drink a truly special beer is to share it with others in accord. thank you so much for sharing that.
i also didn't have any idea how i'd respond to this beer. quads are not a style that i go out for. this is an exception: the prowess, quality, history alone can curb you.
i DEFINITELY did not think this would touch its reputation; however, and i must rethink the concept of "hype," this did not expand on its legend, it completely overhauled it, going above and beyond what i expected.
absolutely incredible. here's more for the hype machine.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 14:16:06 | More by patm1986
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4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2008 purchased from the abbey pours dark plum brown with a murky clarity and medium off white head. Aroma is stone fruit, big yeast esters and caramel malt. Flavor is candied sugar, plum, caramel and again yeast. Wonderful mouthfeel, moderate in carbonation with good lacing in the end. Nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 02:53:33 | More by fata2683
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-07-2012 16:32:46 | More by iowaero
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Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-07-2012 02:32:05 | More by MasterMart
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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