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

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4,956 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,956
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 2,982
Gots: 1,446 | FT: 107
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Best by 2014-08-07 (bottled 2011-08-07)
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Westvleteren's 12 is a good, strong, Belgian ale, but not one that seems to represent the pinnacle of any particular style. The beer has heavy influences from Maillard reactions, Belgian candi sugar, and ethanol, but not in any amount or quantity different from other ales of more easy availability or lower price. I think this beer is a bit misclassified, or at least should be considered to lie between two styles, Belgian Strong Dark Ale and Quadrupel. As a BSDA, I prefer Het Anker's Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw; as a quad, I found Rochefort's to be of more intense and enjoyable flavor. While good, aside from wanting to try this as fresh as possible to compare my experience with the two-year aged bottle, I don't think I'd pay for this again - others that are more readily available are also far less expensive.

Pours a tall, 2.5cm head of dark beige to tan-colored foam that is made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a very dense, frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes in a gradual decline to a thin cap atop the body of the beer that persists for the duration of drinking the glass. Lacing is excellent, thick washes, spots, and lines cling to all sides of the glass. Beer is a dark brown color, opaque, with light changing little except to bring out a slightly brighter shade of dark brown. Carbonation only visible along the top of the beer, though it seems fairly high in number and activity.

Aroma of spicy phenols, dense Maillard reaction products (ie, caramel and brown sugar), amber Belgian candi sugar, anise, and faint cocoa when warm. Quite good and enjoyable, but more reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale to me and not a Quadruple.

Front of palate notes Maillard reaction sweetness (caramel and heavily toasted bread crusts), amber Belgian candi sugar, anise, spicy Belgian phenols, and ethanol tingle. Mid-palate experiences continued Maillard reaction sweetness (caramel and heavily toasted bread crusts), amber Belgian candi sugar, stronger spicy phenols, anise, dried dates and brown figs, and the appearance of mild ethanol. Back of palate picks up strong anise, spicy phenols, dried dates and brown figs, ethanol, with notable undercurrents of Maillard reaction products (caramel and toasted bread crust sweetness). Aftertaste of spicy phenols, anise, ethanol, atop a base of Maillard reaction products (sweetness as from caramel and heavily toasted bread crust).

Beer features a body of medium weight with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a very soft, foamy mouthfeel that would complement any beer quite well. Ethanol is felt on the nostrils, tongue, and back of the throat, but only in a marginal way, surprising for a 10% ABV beer. Closes quite dry, with substantial stickiness on the palate and lips.

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