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

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4,482 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,482
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,795
Gots: 1,266 | FT: 100
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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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +3%

02-09-2013 22:02:31 | More by Edgerrin32
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-21-2011 03:36:48 | More by jIsh
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

07-16-2013 02:33:45 | More by markrmoser
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4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 2003 vintage bottle at a belgian beer tasting at the Funky Buddha in Boca Raton, FL on 4/17/11.

I have to say this is a very good beer, but i didn't see it as the "holy grail of beers"(no pun intended seeing that this is an abbey beer)

I quite enjoyed this beer, the lacing on the glass signaled the quality and the aroma was great. The taste was as impressive, but i personally have had some better overall belgian beers

I am planning another trip to europe this year so maybe i will get to belgium and who knows, maybe get to the abbey to try the other 2 beers they produce!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 13:22:41 | More by calcio360jrd
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

04-06-2013 18:28:38 | More by IHyphySF
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

06-09-2014 14:08:07 | More by CLCardinal84
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +3%

03-29-2013 11:21:45 | More by davistabuff
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-22-2014 23:27:36 | More by SUBER
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3.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red-orange or copper color, with a thin head composed of very small bubbles. Beautiful fine resilient lacing. The lacing lasts and glitters in the light. It's gorgeous.
Nose is malty and yeasty with maybe some subdued raspberry -- I know this may sound like blasphemy but it reminded me immediatly of New Belgium Frambozen.
Taste is burnt roasty and smoky with a bite of carbonation. Raisins definitely; here I think of the Raison d'Etre. Sweet malts. As it warms there is more heady alcoholic sweetness. Burnt chocolate, caramelized sugar like creme brulee. There is a lot of yeastiness, very fruity.
The body is medium-full with an incredibly soft and smooth mouthfeel. The finish is like silk. Drinkability is hurt a little by the richness and the alcohol which I can feel.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 16:18:10 | More by texashammer
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-16-2011 11:27:31 | More by BRoss242
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Rhode Island

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

My first Westy 12! Dark brown with a cramy tan that disappears into a ring. Huge thanks to Old Style Cub fan! Huge and beautiful aroma of cherries, brown sugar, raisins, figs. Amazing flavor, fresh and strong, yet extremely complex. Has a strong vineous quality. Finish is beautifully smooth and sweet. There's a lot going on in this beer. It's worthy of its top beer titile!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 01:52:31 | More by RomanW70
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4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh the infamous Westvleteren 12 one of the most highly sought after beers. The beer is a nice deep brown color but not black. You have to take your time with this beer because of the high abv and all the notes that you can pick up in both the nose and the taste. Toffee, caramel, and malty sweetness capture your nose. The taste is a delicious blend of the aromas plus a little warmth from the abv. This beer is a good beer to end the night with because of its high abv plus your palette will be overloaded after drinking this beer. Take your time and savor this great brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 21:09:49 | More by Cmack15
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

05-10-2013 01:20:52 | More by drlovemd87
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-14-2011 23:10:15 | More by KHM
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

04-17-2012 04:49:52 | More by PuFtonLyfe
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-23-2014 17:21:53 | More by StPaulSuds
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

07-05-2013 08:08:50 | More by kaneel
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

01-08-2014 22:32:48 | More by kermis
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Korea (South)

5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have visited the In De Vrede Cafe located right next door to the Westvleteren Monastery 4 times now and each time is a special treat. My good friend lives in Poperinge, a tiny town just south of the cafe and each time I visit we grab the bicycles and go for a beer. Absolutely delicious and the seclusion of the place is equally wonderful. Nestled in the middle of hops paradise.

A - Dark brown, carmel shades

S - Sweet, spiced, malty

T - The best part! Full, rich, deep spiced textures

M - Silky smooth

O - My absolute favorite for the combination of taste, story behind the beer, and rarity of drinking one.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 04:03:55 | More by Theshooster
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4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Served at 55 degrees F, it pours a thick and carbonated, off-white head. The color of the beer is medium brown and somewhere between translucent and opaque.

Aroma: Up front there is a ton of dark fruit character: raisins, cherries, and figs with cherries being the most aggressive. There is also some caramel and toffee flavors, and a touch of yeast and alcohol. As it warms some more of the yeasty character comes to the fore, along with a sweetness that wasn't there in the beginning.

Taste: There is a surprising lack of alcohol in this beer. What alcohol I did detect was well-hidden and not present until I was nearly done with the entire glass. The dark fruits mentioned in the aroma are all there, but there is also a bit of roastiness, similar to toasted oatmeal. The caramel and toffee flavors are there at the beginning, but as it warms they subside into more of an overall malt character. A touch of bitterness at the end is all that lets me know there were indeed hops added at some point in the brew day.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with medium carbonation. The taste of the sweetness lingers, but not in an unpleasant or cloying way.

Overall: Such a fantastic, fantastic beer, and well worth the wait I enforced upon myself. And it lives up to the hype! It's unbelievable to me that there are Belgians out there that have the opportunity to drink this beer on a semi-regular basis. I will seek this beer out again sometime, and encourage all beer lovers to try it at some point in their lives.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 15:37:43 | More by tedsox31
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4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thank you Macdommer for the trade.

A - pours a purple thick cloudy dark color. Nice white head after the pour, as well as being retained nicely. Holding it up to the light, the color looks magnificent.

S - very sweet, almost like fresh sweet raisins. Smell is in no way overpowering, and smells of the most fresh ingredients.

T - very sweet, small bitter bite, and the sweet sweet taste of fresh raisins. The sweetness of this beer is beyond belief. For a 10.2% alcohol, the sweetness is definitely the front line taste, followed by brief bitterness and a hint of alcohol.

M - very well carbonated, the taste is able to move freely throughout the mouth. Not very creamy, and for a good reason. This beer is all about a smooth carbonation that leaves a small aftertaste that makes you wanting more.

D - here is where it loses some points. The small aftertaste of the alcohol makes this one less drinkable than other brews. This is drinkable, yes, just not the most drinkable beer I have had. The small alcohol bite at the end is the most unappealing aspect of an almost perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 18:19:04 | More by abecall98
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Figured review #100 should be for something special. Thanks to Jeffo for the bottle.

330 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown with three plus fingers of thick brownish head with some darker/reddish patches like cinnamon on cappuccino. Great retention and sticky lacing.

S: Smells of yeast, spice, plum, alcohol.

T: Tastes of lots of rich dark fruit (plum, raisin, fig). Starts out very sweet but finishes nice and dry with just a hint of booze. Delicious.

M: Fairly full mouthfeel with subtle carbonation.

D: For a quad, drinkability is very high.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:52:05 | More by mrnobody
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-08-2013 18:38:09 | More by BourbonDork
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

12-13-2012 03:55:37 | More by Mcooly
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3%

07-15-2013 02:12:49 | More by Keyes88
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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