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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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4,628 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,628
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,859
Gots: 1,323 | FT: 104
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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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%

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.

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%

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.

04-08-2012 14:16:06 | More by patm1986
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4.58/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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
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3.9/5  rDev -15.4%

tried this beer for the first time a few weeks ago and have been waiting to rate it so doing it now for the rb scavanger hunt. did not think it was worth all the hype tasted very similar to roch10. it poured a hazy deep yellow with great white frothy head aroma was sweet and nutty as was the taste.

04-06-2012 20:16:47 | More by mike409
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

This is the fundraiser batch, so still quite young, purchased at a cafe in Brussels.

A - Pours a clear red-tinged brown with one finger of tan head that has very good retention.

S - Lots of dark fruits, sweet caramel malt and bread. Very nice.

T - Starts a bit on the sweet side, with caramel, dark dried fruits and some burnt brown sugar. From midway through the finish, taste turns spicy and earthy, with considerable bitterness on the finish.

M - Incredibly smooth and creamy initially, gradually transitioning to a bit prickly, then finishing earthy and dry. Some mildly numbing alcohol on the finish.

O - Excellent beer? Yes. Light years ahead of the Rochefort 10 I can buy any day of the week? No, but I did have a Rochefort 10 immediately after this and it was considerably sweeter than the Westy 12. Sadly, I may not have the chance to have a nicely aged bottle for comparison. Overall, this was spicier and more bitter than I was expecting (in a good way) and thoroughly enjoyable.

04-06-2012 02:16:00 | More by warnerry
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

04-05-2012 02:59:00 | More by TheUncle
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-03-2012 22:55:12 | More by KingDiamond
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

04-02-2012 18:43:28 | More by LIVEfreak2
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4.2/5  rDev -8.9%

1200th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip

I didnt save the cap, dont remember the date.

Thanks to lcmir23 for this one

Shared with Gurudel for his birthday.

App- A very dark brown with some amber highlights in the glass. Fairly thick and didnt let a lot of light through. A nice puffy 1-1/2 finger head with some good stick and cling.

Smell- A very aromatic quad. Has a great layer on the nose of sweetness, malts and the ABV is completely hidden. The beer as it warms creeps with more dark fruits and gets more complex.

Taste- This was my 3rd bottle of this one and I have to say this was the best one yet. Had a good complex flavor with some sweetness and the dark fruits shined. Much like the nose the ABV is really hidden well.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation level. Good residual dark fruits and some sweetness.

Drink- Great beer, hard to get but worth the experience at least once.

04-01-2012 18:13:45 | More by FosterJM
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-01-2012 15:55:35 | More by drivelikejehu
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

04-01-2012 12:55:16 | More by JRaburn
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-01-2012 05:33:23 | More by paslaugh
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United Kingdom (England)

4.58/5  rDev -0.7%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014. Acquired from a Belgian webshop a while back. I've been looking forward to this one for a while, and as it's review no. 400 I thought I'd celebrate....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep reddish-brown - tons of yeast sediment slide into the glass as I empty the bottle. Yields a decent head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. An opulent aroma of sweet, fruity goodness: plums, figs, dried fruit, molasses, brown sugar and yeast. A warm, port-like booziness rounds it off.

Tastes of rich, sweet malt with a complex, fruity character. Notes of plums, dried fruit, brown sugar, molasses, port/sherry and a hint of dry yeast. A warming alcoholic finish with a spicy, astringent character and a hint of grain. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, with tingly carbonation and a prickly sensation from the alcohol. Highly astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of sweet, boozy fruitiness.

Impressive - a beer with a big character. Sweet, fruity booze; it's almost like sherry in flavour. Not sure that I would rate this as the greatest beer in the world, but it's certainly a show-stopper. Perhaps I'll revisit after a few hundred more reviews and see if a revision is needed. Definitely one to seek out and sample.

04-01-2012 01:43:40 | More by jazzyjeff13
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4.7/5  rDev +2%

The homebrew of a talented abbey. A gift from God.
To be savored like a fine congac.
Thick, rich dark fruit. It reminds me of my mother's mince pie
with the bourbon soaked raisins. The ageless love of the art over the generations is realized on the tongue.

I had my first one at at Au Bon Vieux Temps in the center of Brussels. A tiny old place with a tiny crowd at 9 on a Tuesday night. But didn't get to fully appreciate with a cold.

The one I brought home though (one of several including the W8 reviewed here, all purchased at De Bier Temple) was opened at the most opportune time and therefore fully appreciated.

It merits it's revered status but probably best in moderation as an occasional treat. I would be in trouble if this was my refrigerator brew.

03-31-2012 06:59:53 | More by heymikew
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-31-2012 00:17:03 | More by Dan25D
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-31-2012 00:06:37 | More by gcgarcia
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-30-2012 20:33:49 | More by muskiesman
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-29-2012 16:18:47 | More by closisinthehouse
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-29-2012 09:53:15 | More by edglodek
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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