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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,581 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,581
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,841
Gots: 1,306 | FT: 102
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website
Belgium

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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ajevne

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +8.5%

07-17-2014 03:58:01 | More by ajevne
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philmen

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

08-08-2012 01:51:54 | More by philmen
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Gunch52

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

04-14-2014 20:09:59 | More by Gunch52
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nabit

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +3%

05-09-2014 07:13:44 | More by nabit
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leokbelo

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a rich, dense dark velvet brown into a chalice. 2 inch foamy head dissipates very slowly into an inch cream lace.
Sweet grapes, with some figs on the nose, very subtle and very inviting.
Extremely chewy on the palate, sweet malts, brown sugar flavors with grapes and raisins in there also, mixed in with the spices making it one damn complex brew! Just amazing!
Alcohol creeps up, warming the body, very soothing.
An extremely amazing beer! Hail to the Trappist Monks of Belgium, once again and always!!
Could not recommend this one enough!
Thank you, Merci, Dankje!!!!

06-06-2012 23:05:50 | More by leokbelo
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BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -10%

Aroma: Dark fruits. Plums, raisins, prunes. Spices.
Looks: Very little head. (I poured it sort of gently into a Konnigss Hoeven goblet). Light brown with orange/copper highlights. No lace.

Taste: Some alcoholic warmth. Same flavours as in aroma, but with a little bitterness to balance. There was some noticeable sweetness left in the beer. There is lots of depth and complexity here. I enjoyed the beer, and I know that it enjoys a great reputation, but I picked up some almost worty flavours in it.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, full bodied. Low carbonation, which suited the beer nicely.

08-02-2009 20:28:16 | More by BrewSomerville
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badboyrsl84

California

4.97/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours dark brown with a foamy white 2 inch head.

Smells - like a grape juice. I don't know how else to explain this other than welchs grape juice.

Taste - follows the nose to a T. Super fruity grapes and furctose sugar. A hint of bitterness from grapes citric acid.

Overall - super smooth and easy to drink. I concur on the hype to this. Super smooth and savory!

06-29-2011 03:28:14 | More by badboyrsl84
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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-19-2013 00:51:08 | More by Groulxsome
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Billakowski

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +3%

02-24-2013 22:54:48 | More by Billakowski
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Fux

France

4.69/5  rDev +1.7%

A: pours a dark brown colored brew, with copper / mahogany glints to light. Nice head with a good retention that leaves nice lacing above a thin film of foam.

S: The nose is deep and sweet. Malts, some phenolic esters also but nothing disturbing here. Dark fruits, grapes, raisins, plums, peaches, a bit spicy (cloves) and yeasty. Very complex and hard to describe.

T: Sweet malts, caramel, faint notes of chocolate, lots of dark fruits, cherries, bananas, hints of alcohol. Typical Belgian yeasts bready flavors on the finish. Warming. Slightly bitter.

M: Very carbonated but full bodied.

O: Very complex and well balanced but so easy to drink! With 2-3 years on it, definitely one my favorite beers!

01-30-2012 21:24:42 | More by Fux
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Dshep1340

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

04-18-2014 20:17:53 | More by Dshep1340
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jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -13.2%

Wow, I can't beleive i found this beer! Anyway..

As expected, poured a dark, yet clear beer with alot of yeast and nice head.

Taste: Raisins, dark candy fruit, a spiciness. I'm actually surprised at the lack of complexity. To me, a nice Dark Strong Ale, but overall not as enjoyable as some others. I realize this is the "king" of DSA, but to me, not the best.

Overall: Wonder full, I'm glad I tried it, but I prefer some others. Particularly given the cost and difficulty getting this. Perhaps some fresh from the brewer would be ideal.

06-04-2011 22:58:51 | More by jbonapar
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Curt1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -13.2%

04-29-2013 18:28:07 | More by Curt1
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Tarks

Manitoba (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +3%

05-15-2012 09:25:27 | More by Tarks
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pkenkman

Estonia

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

08-20-2013 15:56:32 | More by pkenkman
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anson42

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

11-04-2013 02:40:57 | More by anson42
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bram325

Texas

5/5  rDev +8.5%

10-24-2013 15:45:17 | More by bram325
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Johnny_Danger

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

05-05-2014 01:07:28 | More by Johnny_Danger
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MASPuros

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-19-2014 18:18:19 | More by MASPuros
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grrrah

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

09-17-2013 03:20:47 | More by grrrah
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UnoMasBelgian

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-30-2014 18:59:36 | More by UnoMasBelgian
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SixPack6

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

04-23-2014 01:40:19 | More by SixPack6
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RyanBeer13

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +3%

12-03-2011 11:00:13 | More by RyanBeer13
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hoptician

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-05-2013 11:58:19 | More by hoptician
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SteveTheBrit

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

08-13-2014 14:40:52 | More by SteveTheBrit
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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