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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,392 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,392
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,754
Gots: 1,227 | 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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mcss

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-25-2012 05:45:14 | More by mcss
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lnashsig

Texas

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

#BOTG 75! A huge one for tonight, a long time want. Bottled 4-14-11. Poured from bottle into Chimay Chalice. Pours blood brown/red. Super creamy off white head that doesn't go away at all. Beautiful. Smell- apple sauce, cinnamon, raisins, prunes, sweet fusel alcohol, ripe pears, dark cherries, dark overly ripe plums. Brilliant. Super complex. Taste- sweet, deep ripe dark fruits, raisins, plum, with a salty sweet ending. Prunes, brandy notes, a tiny bit of alcohol notes, but it doesn't burn at all. Just super smooth. I was wondering how it could possibly be better than Rochefort 10, and it is. It's just so creamy, smooth, deep, complex. Bravo, its the hype.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 01:04:06 | More by lnashsig
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-24-2012 22:03:54 | More by jsnoek
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mlg270

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -13.2%

06-24-2012 20:50:15 | More by mlg270
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-24-2012 04:07:19 | More by DonFrap
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mcintire78

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-23-2012 19:24:49 | More by mcintire78
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StJamesGate

New York

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

Pale amber brown with piles of pink-tinged tan foam that is rocky and leaves solid sheets of cream – some of the densest I’ve seen, it actually marbles with new pours.
Plum, raisin cake, brandy barrel, caramelized sugar, carob and sandalwood – different every sniff.
Brown sugar, rum, sultana, dates, some butter, more plums, with some light spice to finish.
Butter toffee ending, a clove hit and spiced plum linger.
Incredibly creamy, medium, slight warmth, very soft.

The creamiest beer I’ve ever tasted – truly extraordinary mouthfeel. Flavors are not super deep – I suspect this is a bit green. Surprise is how amazingly drinkable it is – 10% doesn’t show up at all.

Suspicious as I am of hype, this is worth hunting and hoarding.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 10:52:04 | More by StJamesGate
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stevefinny

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-20-2012 02:12:33 | More by stevefinny
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 330mL (new XII) bottle into snifter. Bottle cap date stamped 21.09.14.
Well, here goes...
A: Pours a murky super dark brown with just a hint of light at the edges with backlighting. Nice 1 inch bubbly light tan head. At the end of the pour arrives some nice brown-black sludgey yeast amalgam. Excellent retention. Faint silky lacing on the glass.
S: Nice fresh belgian yeast and spice, dark dried fruit (especially raisin), cinnamon, candi sugar, and clove. I think I was expecting to get my socks knocked off, but the aroma is not overpowering. Instead it is wonderfully fresh, straight-forward, and restrained.
T: Wow! Wonderfully complex...takes a few sips to get a good handle on this one. Opens with a bitter charred wood note quickly followed by belgian yeast, clove, dark dried fruit, cinnamon, spicy black pepper, and dark dry chocolate. Hints of caramel malt and candi sugar. Notes of aged port and wine play throughout. Simply worldclass. With warming, molasses and sweet tobacco notes emerge.
M: Dry and bitter up front. Turns toward silky smooth and a bit creamy in the middle. Then finishes light and slightly sticky sweet with nice lengthy lingering on the palate (which is tremendously pleasant--sweet and dark notes predominate--and lasts forever...quite a treat). Medium body...which belies the 10.2% ABV.
D: Simply a tremendous brew. This is some magic act...the 10.2% ABV is imperceptible (well, at least not until after you finish the bottle and have time to let the beer settle in). Hands down the easiest beer to drink over 10%. It lived up to the hype, which is hard to do. This one does not hit hard with the first sip...it grows on you, opens up, and by the time you finish the bottle you then realize what you just drank. I'm looking forward to aging my other bottles and comparing notes over time.

1/2/14: Enjoyed another one (from same batch using snifter as well) today. Amazingly similar to this review...nearly imperceptibly changed. This one holds up extremely well with aging!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 04:01:21 | More by mwilbur
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown body, red tint, small white head.

S: Dark fruit; Belgian yeast which give a hint of clove in the aroma; caramel sweetness, slightly boozy, bit of chocolate malts, some bready notes.

T: Dark fruits- especially raisin and plum; brown sugar sweetness; chocolate malts; a bit of molasses maybe; complex combo of flavors; a very rich and boozy flavor.

M: Full mouth coating feel; very decadent; smooth carbonation.

O: One of the best Quads out there, but it's too difficult to get here in the states. A must try for any beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 22:51:32 | More by BrewCrew2010
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Cowcakes

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-18-2012 21:13:28 | More by Cowcakes
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manjanai

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-17-2012 08:12:09 | More by manjanai
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lorenwhite7

Virginia

4/5  rDev -13.2%

06-16-2012 00:49:23 | More by lorenwhite7
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-15-2012 22:50:20 | More by bigbeers84
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powder245

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-14-2012 23:44:13 | More by powder245
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h2opunk182

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-14-2012 01:14:51 | More by h2opunk182
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kslsc400

Washington

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-13-2012 01:52:45 | More by kslsc400
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BeerNFixed

California

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-12-2012 22:13:57 | More by BeerNFixed
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HopFace

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -34.9%

06-11-2012 17:13:44 | More by HopFace
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sammo

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

06-11-2012 16:35:29 | More by sammo
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TPeterson


4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-11-2012 15:37:24 | More by TPeterson
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wfcubsfan

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-11-2012 05:21:14 | More by wfcubsfan
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jethroe

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

06-10-2012 03:36:25 | More by jethroe
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Polasiuss

Ireland

4.75/5  rDev +3%

06-09-2012 14:10:55 | More by Polasiuss
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MacarthurParker

Ethiopia

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

06-09-2012 07:29:07 | More by MacarthurParker
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 4,392 ratings.