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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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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,481 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,481
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,795
Gots: 1,265 | FT: 100
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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BTHU

Texas

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-27-2012 20:01:25 | More by BTHU
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nsheehan

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3%

08-16-2012 04:53:38 | More by nsheehan
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clubarsky91

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

01-18-2013 18:34:36 | More by clubarsky91
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warrenout330

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 bottle into the westy XII glass

A- pours a murky dark brown color... thick bubbly head... quickly disappears to a thin ring... Ruby hues to the light...

S- deep pronounced candied sugars .... dried and candied raisins and plums... metallic highlights in the back, slight fumes of alcohol burn

T- a slurry of sweet candy sugar, paired with candied plums, sweet darker fruits... hints of figs and raisins through out the taste... metallic covering the taste buds in the end

M- slicky and oily in the front.... heavier carbonation brings balance to the mouth feel... alcohol burn on the tongue .... metallic mouth lingering

O- Wow.... not wow for the present beer,well kind of... but wow, because this beer will turn out prestigious with tons of age.... I really can't wait to open the other 2... ten years later of course

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:38:10 | More by warrenout330
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raverjames

Virginia

5/5  rDev +8.5%

01-25-2012 20:49:56 | More by raverjames
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johnd513

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks goes to slater1313 for including this as an extra!
Cap reads 02 07 11
Smells of bourbon, raisins, dark fruits, honey, candi sugar and a phenol character. Tastes of fruit, honey and dark malts. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, tingles the tongue and finishes smooth. The sweetness, carbonation and alcohol warming character of this beer mend together perfectly. Drinkability is exceptional, I could enjoy this all night.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 15:59:26 | More by johnd513
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jtrockchalk

Missouri

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-18-2011 18:25:37 | More by jtrockchalk
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pauljunk

Virginia

3/5  rDev -34.9%

04-17-2014 13:36:49 | More by pauljunk
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SchuStar

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-01-2012 14:20:07 | More by SchuStar
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HoppyLuckyGoGo

California

4/5  rDev -13.2%

06-06-2013 18:12:03 | More by HoppyLuckyGoGo
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HitchSlap

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

05-12-2014 15:17:38 | More by HitchSlap
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ManLoveBeer

Florida

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-07-2013 20:37:37 | More by ManLoveBeer
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_RL_

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

04-27-2014 23:49:35 | More by _RL_
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Lochnessmonster

Florida

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-11-2014 03:44:01 | More by Lochnessmonster
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sk8man121

Maine

4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained in a trade with craytonic. Thanks man!

Also, my 35th review.

12 oz. bottle poured into Caracole tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful opaque-mahogany with a 3 finger mocha head that will not die; creamy head stays throughout the entire beer. I've never seen anything like this.

S: Fruit; this doesn't smell like beer at all. Fresh elderberry jam, black mission figs and a hint of heat. Quite possibly the most "delicious" smelling beer I've ever had the pleasure of sitting in front of.

T: Holy hell; it's all true. I think the closest thing I've ever had to this is St. Bernardus Abt. 12 in terms of flavor; sweet, fairly boozy, and heavy on the dark fruits. Caramel, brown sugar - this is just awesome.

M: Feels literally like silk on the tongue, with nice carbonation and a medium-thick viscosity.

D: I don't feel as if I'd be a proper BA if I was to give this a 5 for drinkability. Is it incredible? Yes, but it's also 10.2%, which of course means that it's quite sweet. Add to that the fact that drinking more than one of these is usually not an option for us state-siders, and it becomes clear that this is a rare treat more than anything else. Honestly, I wouldn't want it to be anything else.

Worth the hype; this will not be my last encounter with this beer. I will sleep well this evening.

Edit: Forgot to mention; gave my girlfriend the first sip. Her reaction?

"It's ok."

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 23:43:58 | More by sk8man121
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night after having it sit in the cellar for quite a while now. Received it in a trade a few months ago and the best after date (to which I have been informed was three after it was bottled) had passed over a year ago, so I'm thinking this bottle was an '05.

Poured into a chalice and away we go.

Appearance: Dark orange-amber with huge amounts of sediment and floating yeasties and goodness. Nice head and lacing, but the yeastiness was the biggest surprise.

Smell: Holy cow, this is where the beer really picks up. Big notes on just so many different levels, the complexity is fantastic. Pour was still a little on the cool side, but as it warmed it smelled as fantastic as any beer I've ever smelled. Grapefruit, fig, anise, molasses, slight leather, caramel, and grape-raisin. Booze is a little present as well, but nothing too off-putting. Just excellent and complex, everything I had hoped for and more.

Taste: Wow, just keeps on coming. Fantastic dark fruits and licorice, with a slightly peppery alcohol that only really adds another dimension to the beer, in no way boozy. I can see where this beer probably was a bit sweeter a few years back, but it mellows beautifully. Part of the reason this beer is so loved I would have to feel is you can just tell it ages like a charm. Three tiers of taste, starting fruity, going more peppery, and finishing with a malty creaminess that is just awesome. Bravo.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, not too bitter in any way, and alcohol is more of a flavor than a harshness. Carbonation is still great after all these years too, and just works well.

Drinkability: I kept pulling it back and was saddened when it was gone. I have to say, when I had Bernardus 12 on tap a few times on tap, I really loved it, and this beer was everything it was and just a hint more. I don't know if I had them both aged to the same point what they would look like in comparison, but both are worthy and amazing beers. Worth its' post in the pantheon of great beers, this is for certain, and like everyone always says, I just wish I could grab this more regularly for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 18:55:50 | More by nomomentwasted
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Shankopotamus

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

03-06-2013 23:02:36 | More by Shankopotamus
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BillKuhnel

New York

4/5  rDev -13.2%

04-30-2014 14:30:17 | More by BillKuhnel
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GopherPharmer

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-30-2013 17:00:44 | More by GopherPharmer
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Okisailor

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

07-02-2013 18:26:48 | More by Okisailor
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jahred

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally found a bottle of this stuff in the nearby liquor store for $7.99 - will it live up to all the hype?

Bottle cap date of 20.03.05 (I assume a "best by" date?)

Poured a dark brown color with a thin head that remained until I finished the beer. Very pretty foam remnants stick to my glass. Yeast remained in the bottom of the glass even after the pour.

Smell is of alcohol, coffee, esters and cherry - very nice, quite deep.

The taste? Quite complex (as hoped for and expected). Many different flavors as it continues to warm. At first I get plum and caramel with a definite alcoholic taste. Later on an almost milky coffee flavor (this surprised me). Then malty characteristics (more surprises!) Then ester tastes and more caramel. Finally, as I finished the glass, I was hit with a lemon-like flavor. Amazing.

Easy to drink because it's so good, but the large alcohol content definitely was getting to me. Not sure yet if it's worth the $7.99 for a 12 oz. bottle, but it's still pretty amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 21:17:28 | More by jahred
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groetman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -13.2%

01-29-2012 18:41:40 | More by groetman
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mcintire78

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-23-2012 19:24:49 | More by mcintire78
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ThePeskyDingo

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-06-2011 22:32:43 | More by ThePeskyDingo
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jimmyjazzercise

Montana

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-01-2013 03:43:17 | More by jimmyjazzercise
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 4,481 ratings.