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

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4,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,814
Reviews: 1,621
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,932
Gots: 1,388 | FT: 106
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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5/5  rDev +8.5%

tjmackie, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Gold capped bottle with a best before date of 8/29/10.
A: Pours a deep reddish brown with an enormous head. The froth is off white in color and dissipated slowly. Lacing was beautiful on the glass. Slight amounts of sediment were poured in.

S: Molasses and fruit such as figs was present, also some raisin and bubblegum were detectable.

T: Simply put, delicious. Malt, plums, and a vast array of other various dark sugared tastes were a delight to the palate.

M: Moderately warming, with a somewhat lighter consistency than what I expected. Feels great in your mouth and going down.

D: Will I find myself craving this beer at many different occasions? Yes. However, some points taken off due to its rarity and inability to be a session beer

fightingirishcmk, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of steadydose
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured 3/5 of bottle into a goblet. Creamy 1/4 inch of head. Lots of small bubbles. Dark rustic brown w/ red highlights around the edges w/ sediment floating around. Second pour gives a nice tan head w/ red tinge on side, small fine bubbles. Some lacing is left on glass.

S:Sweet aroma, banana, bread, chocolate, raisin all melded together. As beer warms up, smell is fantastic. My favorite thing about this beer is the smell.

T:Can't quite pick up lots of individual characteristics, but as a whole the taste is pleasant/complex. Hints of rum alcohol w/ a long finish accented w/ a touch of bitterness. 30 min after, a chocolate taste is more pronounced, doughy, vanilla, raisin bread, banana.

M: Luxurious, high amount of tight carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Spreads the flavor of around the palate and gives beer a good body. Amazing!

D: Great beer! Has a nice warming effect. Perfect beer to drink while relaxing.

steadydose, Mar 14, 2009
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

mrpibb1206, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of dbexpert
4.75/5  rDev +3%

dbexpert, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of KCHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the 3 bottles in order Blond, 12 then 8. Split the bottle 3 ways for a tasting.

A - Not sure if it was the weather but I didn't get a lot of lacing or head from this beer. What head it did have formed the larger bubbles that some Belgian yeasts help produce. This was very transparent for being so dark. I got some crazy floaties from the yeast sediment. No problem with me though.

S - I smelled the alcohol there but a lot of fruitiness was there as well.

T - The balance was great on this beer. Not as good as the 8, but still well done. I remember there being a ton of left over sugar taste. I'm still not sure how to get that raisin taste in my homebrew but I'm sure the yeast and fermentation temp plays a big role. The alcohol was present but not overwhelming for a 10% beer.

M/D - Very good carbonation. I would have like to have this on tap at my home.

I think I built this up too much in my head. It is definitely not on the top of this hophead's list, but still an amazing beer that I would highly recomend.

KCHopHead, Sep 01, 2009
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

NORM4, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of heymikew
4.7/5  rDev +2%
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.

heymikew, Mar 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

The22Lou, Aug 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

dragnalus, Aug 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -34.9%

gordnbiers, Jun 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

thomascj, Feb 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

AshlandNacho, Jul 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

omegagogetass4, Oct 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

mousebeer, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Reed415
4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy brown color with a very lasting head

S - Belgian, alcohol, tons of fruit

T - Tons of different fruit flavors, alcohol warmth, malt, sweeter than expected

M - Full bodied, Lots of carbonation

D - Very outstanding beer, but not my favorite quad

Reed415, Jun 07, 2007
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4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had at In de Vrede today. The beer is pretty fresh and has a bit of heat. Might be better aged a bit (says the beer can age up to 20 years). Nice dark color, more amber than black. Lots of raisin, fig, caramel flavors. Very heavy bread smells, almost like going to a bakery. Might write a follow up review since we snagged a few gift packs at the abbey at 2pm.

rdespain, May 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

UnDeadly, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

richardflyr, Jun 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Poorpatz, Apr 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

brewnic, Mar 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

MordeciaFunk, Jun 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Imacopyouidiot, Dec 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Hanserelli, Jun 28, 2013
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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