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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,445 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,445
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 2,776
Gots: 1,245 | 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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wardenclyffe

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

04-24-2013 15:57:25 | More by wardenclyffe
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dasmusik

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

04-24-2013 15:02:59 | More by dasmusik
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willhans8

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-24-2013 07:48:45 | More by willhans8
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a european bottle into a Krombacher pils glass. Shared with RoninTK3. Vintage 08'. Cellar temp.

Appearance- Beautiful hazy orangeish/brown with huge three finger fluffy white head that dissipated surprisingly quick. Lots of yeast floating around. Crazy lacing.

Smell- Cherry, tobacco, rich bready belgian yeast, dark dried fruit, vanilla. The list goes on, but this is one of the most layered beers I've had the pleasure to have.

Taste- Vanilla, plum, raisons, fresh bread. Finish is pure raison. Yeasty character isn't as pronounced as in the smell which is nice for me. Sweet clean lingering flavors.

Mouthfeel- Tons of bubbly carbonation with a nice resiny stickiness. Clean without the booze heat one might expect from a 10% (especially with 5 years on it.

Overall- Quads are a hit or miss with me, but this is hands down the best quad I've had. Truly a beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 03:22:55 | More by Seanniek91
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

4.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 bottle

A - Pours a murky red/brown with lots of head and lots of sediment. A bit of lacing.

S - Alcohol, dark fruit, vanilla, cloves, apricot, and brown sugar.

T - So much going on with this one. Plums and raisins are at the forefront with hints of brown sugar, cloves, roasty malts, and a bit of cloves and spices. Not a hint of the 10.2% ABV.

M - So smooth with lots of carbonation and no burn. Incredibly drinkable.

This certainly lives up to the hype. Just sweet enough with the perfect balance of flavors and not a hint of alcohol after the smell. Glad to finally try this and would happily welcome another.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 03:12:24 | More by RoninTK3
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

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

300 ml bottle, one of six from the recent overseas release.

Pours a deep, cloudy mahogany, two plus inches of yellow-white foam dissipates very slowly to a lacing, leaves some tracks down the inside of the glass.

Smells of rich cocoa, molasses, bananas, white wine grapes, caramel, slightly toasty bread and a hint of licorice, cloves, and cinnamon. Of note is the exceptional balance of all these aromas; despite sound like a weird mixture, they fit together perfectly.

The flavor is nutty at first, mildly bitter but also rich like hazelnut. What follows is a bit of cocoa and wine-like grape fruitiness. The conclusion is banana, caramel, and cloves. The beer manages to be rich without being cloying in the least, and seems to balance a malty sweetness with a wine-like dryness. Subtle hints of bitter hop sneak in as the beer warms. There are savory elements as well.

The ale is full-bodied and features as an expansive effervescence that feels refreshing and seems to fill the cheeks and tingle on the roof of the mouth.

This beer absolutely lives up to the hype and perhaps even exceeds my expectations. A picture of this beer should appear next to the definition for "world class" in the dictionary. Absolutely a worthwhile experience. If you have the opportunity to try this beer, take it. While I am sure some will still find it overrated, I feel most will certainly not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:20:34 | More by Cylinsier
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Hamburgers

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-23-2013 05:46:52 | More by Hamburgers
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mborden

New York

5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-22-2013 19:19:38 | More by mborden
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Headyman

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

04-22-2013 18:29:09 | More by Headyman
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Openwyd

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

04-21-2013 17:14:06 | More by Openwyd
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drgonzo2k2

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-21-2013 15:03:01 | More by drgonzo2k2
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YogiBeer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -8%

04-21-2013 12:21:18 | More by YogiBeer
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klythjohan

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

04-20-2013 22:03:48 | More by klythjohan
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

04-20-2013 17:22:03 | More by shangwang
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've been saving this brew for a little while since receiving it via joemcgrath27 in a cross-Canada trade (madd props!). The moment has arrived with the birth of our baby daughter this past Monday.

A - Poured into the Westvleteren goblet. Before sediment it pours a crystal clear ruby red, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing. A murky amber brown after sediment.

S - Rich caramel and dark fruit, figs, candied apple, rye bread, toffee, hints of chocolate and cocoa alongside a heavy dose of cloves and a touch of booziness.

T - Pre-sediment pour had a stronger cocoa and burnt malt flavour, dark fruit notes were prominent throughout and post-sediment pour the heavier cloves and candied fruit notes come through. Vineous grape notes, earthy hops and a lingering bitterness come through alongside a hint of ABV heat and sweetness.

M - Lighter bodied ale that is incredibly smooth and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - This is one tasty quad and it certainly lives up to the hype. Insanely drinkable, which I would imagine would only improve with time. The high ABV is incredibly well hidden amongst a complex flavour profile. Not only was this an incredible brew, it made for the perfect drink to celebrate such an incredible moment. Thank for sending this treat along Joe!!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 00:20:35 | More by andrenaline
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JamFuel

Sweden

4.21/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So, one of the best beers in the world, ever... Been waiting for this one for quite some time. Managed to get two bottles fromhet very limited release at Systembolaget.

Looks the part, murky with plenty of sediment...

The smell that rises from the glass is sweet, absolutely a Quad. Hints of raisins, plums... In the back I sense som yeast and a bit of booze.

Taste... Well, still a bit sweet, Brown sugar blended with the plums from the smell. Not really a lingering taste at all. Only left with a bit of sugar on the tongue.

Honestly... If it wasn't fot the whole Westie thang, I would put a beer like Rochefort 10 way ahead of this. In no way is this bad, it is in fact very good. But world-class? Not for me...

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 22:10:46 | More by JamFuel
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GBallHead

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -18.8%

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

Iowa

5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-19-2013 15:32:34 | More by rjohn
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GoodOldDuke

New York

5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-19-2013 15:29:49 | More by GoodOldDuke
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jbdpsu82

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-19-2013 14:19:11 | More by jbdpsu82
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PlinyBeMiney

California

4/5  rDev -13.4%

04-19-2013 05:06:08 | More by PlinyBeMiney
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klingenator

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

04-19-2013 03:09:17 | More by klingenator
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goldenM13

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

04-19-2013 02:16:28 | More by goldenM13
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Honus1

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -18.8%

04-19-2013 00:39:21 | More by Honus1
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kustard

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -8%

04-18-2013 19:41:44 | More by kustard
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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