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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,458 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,458
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 2,782
Gots: 1,251 | FT: 98
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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drush1980


4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

07-18-2012 20:09:53 | More by drush1980
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Quik4life3

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -29.7%

07-18-2012 00:46:46 | More by Quik4life3
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

07-16-2012 23:34:16 | More by ncaudle
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skiit13

Connecticut

2.25/5  rDev -51.3%

07-16-2012 20:27:37 | More by skiit13
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katiska


4/5  rDev -13.4%

07-16-2012 00:14:36 | More by katiska
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bamadog

Kentucky

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

OK, I've been sitting on this one for a couple of years now, and I figured that the beer isn't doing me any good collecting dust. Enjoying this beer for my 800th review here on BA. Review is from notes taken on 7/15/2012. Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours as a Quad should -- rich and dark, caramel brown with some deep ruby hues where the light comes through; starts with a big, full 2 finger off-white/light tan head that sticks around for a moment or two and fades to a full and frothy cap; body is dark, but it's moderately clear and free of sediment;

Smell: Full of rich, dark and very ripe fruit -- smells of figs, dates, raisins; some nice and sweet caramel malts in the back; definite alcoholic and vaporous whiff to it, but it's well blended and not burning the nostrils at all.

Taste: Meh, I've had better. Just kidding. I can see this beer is as hyped as it is, and it earns every bit of it. Part of me thinks that it could be a matter of the rarity or the rave reviews it has received over the years that are tainting my thoughts, but it's absolutely fantastic. Very sweet and full of the dark and ripe fruits as mentioned in the nose; it has a touch of some Belgian spiciness to it, and a nice bready and yeasty flavor; alcohol is present, well blended, but making a strong appearance nonetheless; some sweet caramel malt falls on the tongue after the booze burns off.

Mouthfeel: This beer just seems to keep getting better as I go... The body is full, chewy, but not heavy -- very sticky on the palate; the carbonation is full and lush, leaves the gums very tingly; the alcoholic vapor adds to the tingle on the gums, and it warms the belly.

Overall: Worth the wait and the Dark Lord that I traded to get it. Stands out from other Quads in quality and mouthfeel, well balanced and amazing. I would drink this beer everyday if I could, and that's not easy for me to say about Quads because I sometimes find that they weigh me down. I would be willing to sacrifice my body to the beer-bellied gods to have this frequently.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 23:55:12 | More by bamadog
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KTien

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

07-15-2012 16:44:01 | More by KTien
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jegross2

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Trappist Westvleteren 12 (aka Westy 12) from the monks of Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) out of Belgium.

Score: 93

Unknown vintage bottle (the dates were rubbed off on the cap). Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 06/23/12 at the inaugural Chicago craft beer lovers meeting. Huge thanks to Robbie Moy for sharing this one with me. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a murky caramel color with a thin layer of tan bubbly head. 4/5

Smell: Sweet and fruity. Sugary caramel, berries, blueberries, plum, brandy, raisins, and bready clove too. 4.5/5

Taste: Exactly like it smells, with a lingering fruitiness. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, low carbonation. Juice-like mouthfeel. Fruity, dry finish. 4/5

Overall: All-in-all, I enjoyed this one. However, I did not think that it lived up to its lofty hype as one of the world's best beers. I am told that this one is best aged, but I also had a 2009 bottle at Dark Lord Day this year that I was not overly impressed with either (although in all fairness, that other bottle had been sitting open on a table for several hours before I got a chance to try it). I personally liked Westy 8 better, but I will have to try to age the bottle I have for several years to see if my opinion of this brew changes with time.

Recommendation: While an excellent beer, it's not quite worth it's trade weight. Nonetheless, it is a delicious beer that is worth drinking if you get the chance to sample this beer.

Pairings: Banana bread.

Cost: $85 for a "brick" that comes with six 12 oz bottles and two Westy 12 glasses.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 16:05:52 | More by jegross2
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1Adam12

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

07-13-2012 17:14:26 | More by 1Adam12
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl btl poured into a goblet, shared with KevinmusPrime, reviewed from notes

A: pours a muddy brown with a thin cream colored head with fairly good retention that leaves some spotty lacing 

S: loaded with dark fruits  and molasses but not overly sweet, quite complex aroma

T: similar to smell, packed with dark fruits, a hint of molasses/brown sugar but really not very sweet, a hint of spiciness from the Belgian yeast

M: medium body, fairly low carbonation, quite smooth

O:   Definitely the best Quad I've had thus far, tasted side by side with Rochefort 10 and this was by far the better beer

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 16:05:55 | More by ADTaber
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

07-13-2012 12:27:52 | More by ajs4bd
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Ville

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-13-2012 02:56:30 | More by Ville
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bkk4life

Thailand

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

07-10-2012 20:19:34 | More by bkk4life
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hanlonrn


4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

07-10-2012 11:52:55 | More by hanlonrn
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pandajuice22


4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

07-09-2012 15:48:10 | More by pandajuice22
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -8%

07-08-2012 06:05:01 | More by mdillon86
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Dirty25

Germany

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

07-08-2012 01:12:08 | More by Dirty25
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visionthing

Norway

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

07-07-2012 09:14:18 | More by visionthing
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mgp2675

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Third time having a Westy, thought it was time to review it. Cap date: 18.01.15

A- Dark brown, a bit cloudy but too dark to be completely translucent anyway, big light-colored head as always.

S- Raisin, plum, fig, has that classic grape aroma that I always get from traditional quads, slightly sweet, some malt, a little bit of alcohol burn on the nose.

T- Tons of raisins, although most of the other fruit flavors I mentioned come through as well. It's so bitter at first but it finishes off sweet, very well balanced between the two. As it got warmer it got more bitter, which is a characteristic I don't recall from prior tastings, I remember it being much more sweet. Also not as smooth as I remember, much more alcohol presence.

M- A whole lot of bubbles on your tongue to help it go down, nice amount of carbonation and a great mouthfeel.

O- Awesome beer, without a doubt one of the best quads in the world, but this is the freshest I've ever had the pleasure of drinking (about 5 months old) and I have to say, older vintages tasted much better. I think this needs some time to cool off and age, it had much more of an alcohol presence than I remembered. I have a good amount of this tucked away and I plan to try one each year to see the difference. I still say though that this is worth the hype and if you like quads you should track one down.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 14:07:28 | More by mgp2675
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BrianBoruma

California

4.95/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving 12oz bottle review typed from notes.

So I got this from my father whose friends went abroad and brought him back a 6 pack of this from a Dutch beer store. Why they heck they didn't keep any of it for themselves defies explanation. But I was blessed to split a bottle of this with my father to celebrate my graduation from my masters degree program.

Poured into a Chimay glass:

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights and thicky creamy head. Slightly cloudy and decent lacing on the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell: Definite alcohol aromas present. Smells of coffee and toffee, proably from malt and sugar mingle with aromas of figs and raisins likely yeast esters. Could smell this all night.

Taste: Definite yeast characteristics dominate. Fruity and malty and some alcohol present as well, but not overpoweringly and works with the malt and sugar present, slight cocoa and nutty notes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a dry finish. Definite prickles from carbonation.

Overall: Wonderfully complex with a lot of layers. Definitely a beer that is enjoyable young but will age well. One that should be shared with good friends or company, with people who appreciate good beer. Had a wonderful warm belly feeling after sharing half of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 06:59:17 | More by BrianBoruma
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DougVanHoy

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

07-04-2012 01:58:10 | More by DougVanHoy
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darcange

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-04-2012 00:21:40 | More by darcange
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -8%

07-02-2012 02:49:29 | More by fiedler84
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beeruser

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -8%

07-01-2012 05:15:48 | More by beeruser
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lvoutlawjlh

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

07-01-2012 02:51:38 | More by lvoutlawjlh
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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