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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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5,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,183
Reviews: 1,662
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 3,130
Gots: 1,592 | 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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Photo of mks0913
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mikedogg195
5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Well, hell...if any beer deserves straight 5's, this beer does.

Alright...every other beer stand aside, you too Chimay Grande Reserve and Stone Imperial Stout, Westy 12 has captured me too. I will admit to being slightly skeptical about its reputation and fully expected to be let down, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. I must now spend every last waking moment seeking out this beer. Well, there goes my retirement income.

The beers appearance earned the lowest rating in my scorecard, but at 4.5, who can complain. Actually, I wish there was a 4.75 rating that I could have selected. The first pour was a dark copper in color with a controllable dense, khaki head. Some yeast floating here and there, but remarkably clear. Second pour included the bulk of the yeast sediment, and created a much darker, murky, brownish-amber color. Head creation was good on the second pour as well. The head stuck around and left substantial lace through the beer. The aroma is very aromatic. Smells of sweet toasted bread. The aroma is also quite yeasty, reminding me of a bakery. Hints of honey and caramel round out the smell. Tastes malty sweet. Loads of freshly baked bread and molasses, sweet fruit, caramel, chocolate (to a lesser degree), and toffee find there way into the taste spectrum. The alcohol taste is not blatantly apparent for a beer of 11%. Very viscous and chewy mouthfeel, and incredible smooth. Very easy to drink, with no edges left unsanded.

I don't see how any beer could get better than this. In fact, I may change my rating to a straight 5 later. Let me think it over a little.

Photo of hrking
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome brew. Lots of candi sugar and not heavy on the annoying clove corriander like some Belgians. Highly and dangerously drinkable.A true find worth searching out for those who have yet to try it..Best in the world? But worth seeking for sure..I must admit though this is a must try! Cheers

Photo of spankdog42
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of hoerr
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of woodchopper
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Quik4life3
3.25/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of etreesh
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonIrabagon
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of kreg02
4/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Edwin
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brownish/amber almost no light passes through. You can see the sediment settling in the bottom of the glass. Foamy tan head that seems to want to stay around for the entire trip.

Smell - Fruity, spicy, and a tinge of alcohol. Typical Belgian-like smell. Wonderful.

Taste - As the bottle instructed, I let this one warm up a bit to what I hope was about 50 degrees. Wanted to get the full flavor. Glad I did. Wow. A very nice fruity beginning with a bread-like middle. Maybe some nuts mixed in. The flavor was very full, and a lot more mild than I thought it would be, which was a very plesant surprise.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and easy. Goes on and off the palate without any offensive or tart notes.

Drinkability - Very drinkable for this style. Even though the alcohol content is high, and so is he price tag, this is one fine brew. A good beer to have two or three while enjoying a nice winter night.

Overall: Complex, tasty...a must try!

Photo of HumuloneRed
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark crimson in color with a great off white head and silky lacing.

Bread dough, tobacco, leather and prune in the nose.

Tobacco, cookie dough, plum, leather, and raisin in the flavor.

Very complex, creamy texture and finish.
Very well made beer.

Photo of sureshot08
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of CrazyLarry
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of chalsk
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally. Got it for a college friend's graduation from law school. Pours a deep amber brown with a generous caramel colored head. Has an aroma of dark fruit, caramel and malts. Some breadiness. The taste was worth the wait. This beer is not overrated. Sweet up front, then dark fruit taste. Chocolate notes show up. The carbonation hits at the perfect spot. Nice dry clean bitter finish with a subtle tart aftertaste.

Photo of heymikew
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The homebrew of a talented abbey. A gift from God.
To be savored like a fine congac.
Thick, rich dark fruit. It reminds me of my mother's mince pie
with the bourbon soaked raisins. The ageless love of the art over the generations is realized on the tongue.

I had my first one at at Au Bon Vieux Temps in the center of Brussels. A tiny old place with a tiny crowd at 9 on a Tuesday night. But didn't get to fully appreciate with a cold.

The one I brought home though (one of several including the W8 reviewed here, all purchased at De Bier Temple) was opened at the most opportune time and therefore fully appreciated.

It merits it's revered status but probably best in moderation as an occasional treat. I would be in trouble if this was my refrigerator brew.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of GStein
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Elbrownbag
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Hopbomber
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Joe1019
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Thefrap
4.96/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of hopnotch760
4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 5,183 ratings.