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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,446 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,446
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 2,776
Gots: 1,246 | FT: 97
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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Okisailor

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

01-05-2014 18:06:38 | More by Sirre
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jahred

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -13.4%

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

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Montana

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

10-01-2013 03:43:17 | More by jimmyjazzercise
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mikul93

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-02-2012 03:14:24 | More by mikul93
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Lochnessmonster

Florida

5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is third time that I have had a Westy 12 and finally decided to review it.

Pulled one of the older vintages I have with best by date of March 2010 on the label. Although I have had this three times, I stil get a very special feeling when opening one.

Very interesting to read the reviews about the appearance of this beer. For the one I poured Sat night, it poured a chestnut brown with very little head being generated. These have been stored with great care; the other ones that I have sampled of fresher vintage produced a much greater head and lacing than this 3 year old sample.

S & T - What else can you add that has not already been said. I stil think this has a magnificent flavor profile. The three years have mellowed it some and made it a bit sweeter than I remember fresher vintages. Figs, prune, raison, and a delightfully sugary candy taste are all present. Truly an epic experience for your taste buds.

M - Maybe not as creamy as I remember the fresher versions. A little thinner than I remember but still delightful.

D - Here is where I think the 3 years has done well. No hints of booziness at all. Smooth as silk. Wonderul.

Stil a masterpiece. I have about 6 bottles of the gold still remaining. Another one won't come out until X-mas eve but I am looking forward to a couple of blondes (who isn't) this summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 22:40:48 | More by Beerisheaven
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jburchett

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-11-2012 21:27:59 | More by jburchett
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Phoenix2443

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

10-17-2012 19:28:51 | More by Phoenix2443
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rpaul2012

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

12-19-2011 05:28:31 | More by rpaul2012
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myersk27

Indiana

4/5  rDev -13.4%

05-17-2013 03:45:43 | More by myersk27
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Casedogg43

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -18.8%

01-23-2013 04:07:44 | More by Casedogg43
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beans923

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -35.1%

06-17-2013 18:06:31 | More by beans923
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jmint

Missouri

5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-20-2014 03:14:23 | More by jmint
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Thecherryman

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

05-13-2013 06:03:11 | More by Thecherryman
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Jparkanzky

Ohio

4/5  rDev -13.4%

12-13-2011 00:45:12 | More by Jparkanzky
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PStriedl

Maryland

5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-06-2014 21:38:13 | More by PStriedl
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JefferyYoung

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

09-21-2013 05:21:51 | More by JefferyYoung
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YoudownwithABV

Tennessee

4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been wanting to try this beer for years and have it on my list of must haves to try. Finally I got a bottle from the US release as a Christmas present to myself.

I'm glad to report there was nothing about this beer that fell short.

Snifter Glass at about 55 degree beer temp.

Appearance: A reddish purple hue and a tad bit cloudy. Nice head that stays around for the duration of the beer.

Smell; Raisins, plums, figs and some what yeasty.

Taste: Refer to smell yet with some complexity on the back end of the tongue. So much depth.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is retained and provides a great feel not over powering. Alcohol content is very well hidden.

Overall: It lives up to the hype and I'm so glad I had a chance to partake. It's a must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 02:44:06 | More by YoudownwithABV
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JNewbs

Ohio

5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Everything I could hope for. Big head, great color. The mystery bottle and identifying cap add to the alure.
Smell - Figgy, fresh, a bit boozy.
Taste - Indescribable. Delicious.
Mouthfeel - Very carbonated, smooth, as good as anything I've had, though I don't typically discriminate by mouthfeel unless a beer is flat or thin.
Drinkability - I could drink two of these with no issue. After that, the booze would be too much. But I'm sleeping by then anyway.

This beer was absolutely incredible. I've been drinking St. Bernardus 12 and Rochefort 10 to prepare myself to try it. Then this puppy blew them out of the water. Unbelievable, the difference. More fruity taste, and a delicious warmth. Not as boozy as other quads I tried, and I can easily say if this ever comes across my path again, I won't be trading it away.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 12:26:14 | More by JNewbs
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MrTinnedPEach

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-04-2012 02:32:55 | More by MrTinnedPEach
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hopluva1

Washington

4/5  rDev -13.4%

01-15-2013 01:03:35 | More by hopluva1
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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