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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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4,701 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,701
Reviews: 1,616
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,887
Gots: 1,352 | 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%

Auztan, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Beerbeer101
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is yeasty and sour with a touch of fruitiness. WOW. An amazingly complex and excellently made beer. Full bodied. Malts are bold and flavorful. Very complex. Seems to be a different taste/flavor aspect with every sip. Fruity with raisins, plums and cherries interplaying with vanilla, chocolate and orange peel. Hides the 10.2% alcohol very well. This is one beer that is definitely worthy of all the hype/accolades it has received. Very smooth and extremely complex. Excellent beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry.

Beerbeer101, Nov 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

koopa, Nov 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Hanzo, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

LaLaLoveYou hooked me up with the 6 bottle gift pack in a very reasonable trade!! Thanks a ton Lauren... I hope you enjoy your beers as much as I am going to like these.

Poured into the little Westy XII chalice... long lasting tannish head atop a fairly clear walnut brew... great lacing and retention.

Nose is rich and malty.... complex mix of dark toast... caramel... light peppery notes... raisin... maybe some dark plum... A little cold with the initial pour... but warmth really blooms the aromas and helps them meld into near perfect territory.

Flavor is wonderful.... again very very complex... brown maltiness makes me think a bit of a nutty addition.. tons of malt character without ever being sweet.. nice balance of esters and spicy phenols pull and push all the nuances into a great bow that allows the flavors to linger forever on the palate.

I always think the 12 is a bit overcarbonated.... but what do I know? the carbonation is little bubble and lends a fairly creamy quality to the medium bodied brew.

Not much else to say other than this is IMHO the benchmark for the quad style... I had a St. Bernardus 12 recently and still think the Westvleteren is better by a decent margin.

Funny that I've never reviewed this ... Inflatablechair has opened the 12 in my presence at least a few times that I can remember... While I thank Sam, this bottle (and the 5 others) all my appreciation goes out to LaLaLoveYou... Lauren is a rockin' trader.


JohnGalt1, Nov 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

BradMacMullin, Nov 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

messrock, Nov 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

JoeSeitz, Nov 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

SchuStar, Nov 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

lotophagous, Nov 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

dipso123, Oct 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

ObiWanKushnobi, Oct 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

dsuedbeck, Oct 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

supermeniscus, Oct 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

FeelinSurley, Oct 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

CJS, Oct 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

oldp0rt, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Samichlaus82
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown beer with small biege head and yeast..Very complex taste and smell.Sweet smell,wet wood,little smoky,raisins,pulms,spruce,bread,coffee. Taste sweet and dry,wood,bread,chocolate dry fruits,complicated spices,alcohol (but very ballanced with the taste.so good palate,a warm complicate feeling in mouth with a very long lasting finish.It has it all :the taste,aroma,prestige the legent. It is made by monks but the feeling is like orgasm in a glass.

Samichlaus82, Oct 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Crank78, Oct 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

sind310, Oct 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

damngoode, Oct 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

3Hops, Oct 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

dannyancient, Oct 23, 2012
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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