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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,481 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,481
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,795
Gots: 1,265 | FT: 100
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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cradke

Texas

4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle as part of Blind taste test with Rochefort 10 and Koningshoeven Quad.

Appearance: Camel Brown, thick head that clears, Sediment and flowing carbonation

Smell: Brown Sugar, Molasses, Lighter and less pronounced than expected. A little heat from the alcohol.

Taste: Yeast and carmel malts. Esters. Brown sugar again. Again, a little less substantial than expected. Sweet with good candy flavors. Again with a little heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Really foams up in the mouth across the palate. Nice

Overall: Very good but a little less substantial than expected. Compared to the Rochefort 10 its a little underpowered and much sweeter. Very good beer but not earth changing. Much more enjoyable over the long run than the rochefort 10; more welcoming and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:08:48 | More by cradke
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cipsius

Romania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

10-09-2012 12:27:31 | More by cipsius
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GeoffK

Georgia

5/5  rDev +8.5%

10-09-2012 12:15:54 | More by GeoffK
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Serge

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled. Dark nut brown, hazy colour with small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, alcohol, fruit, flowers a bit licorace and banana, very complex. Extremely wellbalanced complex flavour, being soft and sweet into a bit biting alcohol. Flavour consists of bananas, citrus, hops, alcohol and caramel and lots more. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 08:33:02 | More by Serge
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +8.5%

10-08-2012 22:24:59 | More by artemh
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Mantooth

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.5%

10-08-2012 17:44:18 | More by Mantooth
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dbexpert

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-08-2012 00:10:07 | More by dbexpert
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N3ptune

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-07-2012 21:34:29 | More by N3ptune
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bonez05404

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -13.2%

10-07-2012 17:40:21 | More by bonez05404
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1WIBeerGirl


5/5  rDev +8.5%

10-07-2012 17:37:42 | More by 1WIBeerGirl
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cleonile2000

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-07-2012 02:53:27 | More by cleonile2000
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jage99

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

10-06-2012 22:26:13 | More by jage99
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bertram

Illinois

4/5  rDev -13.2%

10-06-2012 19:50:03 | More by bertram
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Johnhaley1989

North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-05-2012 20:27:50 | More by Johnhaley1989
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TheBronze

Washington

4/5  rDev -13.2%

10-04-2012 16:10:24 | More by TheBronze
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safaricook

Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-03-2012 19:47:55 | More by safaricook
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pvequalsnrt

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

09-30-2012 18:35:57 | More by pvequalsnrt
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sbrotschul

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The heavens opened up, and His light came down and landed on a small Abbey of Monks. In turn, they grace the world with one of the perfectly complex beers for those lucky enough to find and partake.

I have been lucky enough to spend a year visiting my wife and kids in France, just 45 minutes away from the abbey. In my visits, I would have a beer in the restaurant, and take home a few boxes for enjoyment. The 12 sets the standard; a Holy Grail for those lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. I had a "taste" of one in Pittsburgh at the House of 1000 Beers (New Kensington), where four of us split one bottle ($9 each, for 3 ounces!). I first visited the Abbey with wife and kids, sitting on the outdoor veranda and enjoying each second of the visit. I've been finding that the best beers are made better by the journey and the exclusivity of the brew. In this case, the journey was as memorable as the beer, and the beer is 'top rate.'

Appearance (5.0). Smooth and deep, thick but light, dark reddish brown, with sticky lacing after a full head. Thinking that I heard the voice of god as I took my first sip of beer, I was disappointed to look up and see my waiter asking for my lunch order. I had ham sandwich and salad.

Smell (5.0). Too many real smells, blending together to show hints of plum and fig, yeast and a bit of sunshine. The garden also helped enhance the smells, as the spring morning gave way to a pleasant afternoon.

Taste (5.0). Who can argue on the complex nature of the tastes, which changed and grew as the beer became warmer. By the end of the 2nd draft, I had hints of chocolate and fig, brown sugar and caramel.

Mouthfeel (5.0). A party. Bubbles and Belgian at first, and then calm and tasty to finish.

Overall (5.0). After the skies shined, we had to return home. But not without stopping at the gift shop to pick up as many boxes of the samplers as I could manage. Flew home with four boxes of beer (four glasses, four 12, four 8 and 8 blond). Gave one box to my brother, split one with my beer nerds, and saved two for myself. I can't wait to try the 8 & 12 in a few .... years.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 03:19:58 | More by sbrotschul
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jxc5

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3%

09-30-2012 02:47:36 | More by jxc5
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nicsman


5/5  rDev +8.5%

09-29-2012 03:06:26 | More by nicsman
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JustinQ

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

09-27-2012 21:10:06 | More by JustinQ
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +3%

09-27-2012 15:44:41 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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D2Dodds


5/5  rDev +8.5%

09-27-2012 13:44:08 | More by D2Dodds
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amendt

Italy

5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasting this beer, drinking this beer is very different than what you might expect.

The Westy 12's distinguishing feature is its complexity. It is a multi-layered experience. None of the vertices that lay down its shape are arbitrary, though. Other reviews guess at the 'notes' which range from being raisins to prune to plums to dates to molasses. Whatever the true sources are, the beer is almost classical in that a) there aren't too many of them; b) they exist in just the right combination.

Unlike an Oerbier, say, which is similarly well-crafted -- the Westy 12 is actually thirst-quenching. It's even a bit watery, without that detracting from the flavor or composition at all.

On the way down, it diffuses beautifully. It's the kind of beer that gives you a red, full face with which you can go out and face a winter's night.

This beer is not a gut-buster. In my experience it is unique. You can wrestle with it for long hours, drinking one after another. But instead of besting you or defeating you -- and instead of wasting your time -- the beer seems to match you move for move. It dances with you. It never overpowers you. Until by gentleman's agreement, the match is over, and you get up and find pleasantly that you can hardly walk.

N.B. This beer was had by the reviewer on two separate summer afternoons at the In de Vrede cafe attached to the monastery in 2012. He had 2-4 of them on each occasion.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 11:28:41 | More by amendt
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RuckusDu

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

200th review. Had it a few times but that was before I was reviewing. Figured this would be a good milestone beer. Dated 07.01.14, so about a year and nine months old. In my limited experience, about 2 years on these is best.

A - The beer pours just right. Nice two finger head that sticks around for a while. Head is light tan, with maybe some slight red in it. The body is a gorgeous deep amber. Very dark, but red and brown in it.

S - It's that distinctive, complex quad aroma. A lot of sweetness in this. Black cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, plum, molasses, and brown sugar. Very much in your face with strong aromas.

T - Pretty similar to the aroma on this, very complex. Dark fruits such as cherry, grape, and prune. Also some chocolate and sugar. A great balance between that fruit and sweetness.

M - Strong all around. Nice body and carbonation. Does hit the back of the mouth with a little pucker, but still nice.

O - Really a nice beer. Goes down smooth, yet is complex and has a lot going on. No evidence of alcohol despite the 10.6% in there. It is very dark, so you need to be in the mood for something like that, but if you are, this is definitely one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 23:31:13 | More by RuckusDu
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 4,481 ratings.