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

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5,187 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,187
Reviews: 1,662
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 3,135
Gots: 1,596 | FT: 118
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is the one, apparently. Too bad I had to enjoy it while listening to tacky American 80s music... only in Belgium, at my personal adventure...


Served at Cambrinus in Brugge, in a branded Trappist Westvleteren chalice. Best before 17/10/10.

Intense milky black-brown. Coffee mottled offwhite tan head. Mossy in texture. Effervescent. Unbelievably good retention that's impossible to deny. Great! On the nose: plums, ripe apples, sour cherries, diacetyl, apple juice, hint of yeasty funk. Chocolate, coffee, cane sugar, rye bread, port wine. Raisins, dates. (the point in my notes where I write an expletive).

Surprisingly light palate with carbonation, sweetish on the tongue with moderate alcoholic/yeasty bitterness. Chocolate malt. Mouth-coating. Something in the background I'm not getting... nuts - definitely. Slightly salty. Tropical fruit?! Cookie dough, coffee cake - caramel. Malt whisky. Well hidden abv.

Is this the best? I don't know. I started my adventure in legality about one year ago and I've already enjoyed what is commonly regarded as "the greatest beer on earth". No matter - breweries change and I have no doubt that within my lifetime W-12 will be unseated, hopefully for the better. In the meantime... I'll keep on coming back for this stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Tdizzle
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend OlieIPA for procuring this in a trade and selling me a bottle.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice, this beer pours a murky dark brown color with a creamy light-brown head that settles to a medium-thin layer, leaving only a few sheets of lacing after each sip.

S- The aroma is sugary and malty with sticky dark fruits, molasses and Belgian yeast as the most prominent characteristics. There are accents of indiscernible spices and with burnt sugar as well. The alcohol is only slightly noticeable even as the beer reaches room temperature.

T- The initial taste mirrors the aroma, with flavors of malty sweetness and dark fruits making their way to maple syrup and brown sugar town. There is a slight alcohol warmth on the finish, which also leaves a mild tea-like bitterness on the palate.

M- The mouthfeel is creamy and velvety smooth with very mild carbonation.

D- This beer is very drinkable considering its immensely complex flavor profile and a 10.2% ABV. Each sip leaves you in anticipation of the next.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3/5  rDev -34.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -13%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dauss
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle. No label, yellow cap. Date printed is 21.06.08. 10.2% ABV. I had bought this one at In de Vrede in Westvleteren, so it is quite fresh.

Appearance: Deep brown amber with a small yet fluffy light tan head. The beer was pretty clear, but I was careful to reserve most of the yeast in the bottle.

Smell: Rich sweet caramel malt with a ton of fruity esters. A lot of dark fruits, cherries, and prunes. Absolutely wonderful.

Taste: There is a lot of upfront sweetness. The alcohol is strong, but it compliments the beer. Light medicinal phenols and estery alcohol with more fruits, and a very faint bitterness plays on the back of the tongue. There is a light coffee and toffee finish.

Notes: I hate to do it, but this beer is just so good. The complexity and the amazing balance of this beer is just awe inspiring. I think that is what makes this beer so great the balance. Its full bodied, but not thick, sweet, but not cloying, phenolic, but not overpowering, estery, but not over the top, with the perfect amount of bitterness to contrast the sweetness. Absolutely wonderful.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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