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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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Indytruks138

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-24-2014 15:18:52 | More by Indytruks138
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trumick

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +0.9%

First of all I must thank meathookjones for this little bottle of what is turning out to be the best Belgian beer I have ever had the pleasure to...

Pours a hazy, dark reddish to brown with 1 inch head that stays for a bit then quickly dissapates. The lace is fine, and sticks to the snifter all the way around.

Scent is of rich bready malts, sweet candy, dark fruits, grapes and a spicey alcohol.

Taste is WOW. It is very complex. I don't know where to begin. Ok, a spicey alcohol as it starts with a solid rich malt backbone and yeast after that I get lost. I can taste some of the fruits I smelled in the finish. I get just a bit of citrus at the end as well. Did I say complex? This one is hard to get each flavor as I taste it. However, I have to place this at the top of the Belgian Quads I've had.

Mouthfeel is silky, velvety smooth. It's not sticky for being such a big beer. It goes down easy for the incredibly complex flavor and the abv. I could put many of these away in a sitting till the alcohol caught up with me (ok maybe two).

Yes, It lived up to the hype for me. I am amazed at the complexity of the flavors. The scent was fairly easy to distinguish, but the flavor was another story. Truly, a world class beer.

04-18-2006 03:03:52 | More by trumick
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Adamdc

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-29-2012 13:34:30 | More by Adamdc
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jroof1

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-20-2013 01:29:01 | More by jroof1
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ClevoPiwo

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +2%

Here we go, Westy12....

Poured a deep amber, reddish brown color. The head is very faint, only a foamy ring around the outside of the glass at its maximum and quickly dissipated down.

The smell is great, slightly vinous and very complex. Big malt presence in the aroma; caramel, earthy grainy notes, dark fruit or perhaps raisins and a hint of cider all compliment each other making this beers bouquet very rich and complex.

The taste has a big malt sweetness up front. Raisins, dark fruit, caramel, cider and earthy notes come from big malt flavor up front. The alcohol is present but not too overpowering. Huge flavor with a big sweet chewy and syrupy mouth feel that is just right and not over done. The aftertaste is warm with a hint of hop bitterness that lingers on the palate balancing out the big malt presence up front.

I can definitely see why this is the reigning champ of beers!

Cheers!

08-17-2009 01:18:18 | More by ClevoPiwo
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zadams1

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

01-11-2013 15:55:09 | More by zadams1
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akukucka

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-11-2011 23:47:42 | More by akukucka
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Dontcounttoday

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

05-15-2012 00:28:21 | More by Dontcounttoday
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griffiam03

Indiana

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-12-2012 21:54:55 | More by griffiam03
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amp138

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +3%

02-16-2013 01:28:40 | More by amp138
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Netdogca

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3%

02-03-2014 00:07:22 | More by Netdogca
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Ainjyll

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -13.2%

01-21-2014 04:27:05 | More by Ainjyll
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scarnold8

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +3%

01-12-2013 14:20:40 | More by scarnold8
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cirtap

Florida

5/5  rDev +8.5%

01-11-2012 20:59:03 | More by cirtap
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GBallHead

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

04-19-2013 19:39:44 | More by GBallHead
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Oliversarmy1085

Florida

5/5  rDev +8.5%

07-22-2014 16:00:56 | More by Oliversarmy1085
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Ravenacht

Florida

4/5  rDev -13.2%

01-09-2013 18:08:16 | More by Ravenacht
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MightyDog

Texas

5/5  rDev +8.5%

09-25-2013 21:10:06 | More by MightyDog
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JDJTEXAS

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

09-07-2013 21:46:57 | More by JDJTEXAS
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grom111

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-10-2014 07:42:40 | More by grom111
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Brensol

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

04-28-2014 21:16:36 | More by Brensol
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drbenzo

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

07-11-2013 08:18:20 | More by drbenzo
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jcone17

Georgia

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-09-2011 22:42:57 | More by jcone17
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dill

California

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%

This is obviously one that I was looking forward to. Some friends from Belgium and I used the opportunity to cook some game and drink this from some Westvleteren chalices which had a really nice shape to them. The bottle had been aged 5 years. When we poured it out it was difficult to get a decent head on it. My friend thought perhaps we should have washed the glasses a bit differently. The smell and taste were rich with toffee. It had a nice sweetness to it that gave way to some warmth from the alcohol at the end. A very fine beer, and one that I will look forward to trying fresh.

06-11-2008 18:11:59 | More by dill
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brikelly

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +3%

11-11-2012 22:40:17 | More by brikelly
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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