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

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4,695 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,695
Reviews: 1,615
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,883
Gots: 1,352 | FT: 105
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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5/5  rDev +8.5%

I have visited the In De Vrede Cafe located right next door to the Westvleteren Monastery 4 times now and each time is a special treat. My good friend lives in Poperinge, a tiny town just south of the cafe and each time I visit we grab the bicycles and go for a beer. Absolutely delicious and the seclusion of the place is equally wonderful. Nestled in the middle of hops paradise.

A - Dark brown, carmel shades

S - Sweet, spiced, malty

T - The best part! Full, rich, deep spiced textures

M - Silky smooth

O - My absolute favorite for the combination of taste, story behind the beer, and rarity of drinking one.

Theshooster, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

marine1975, Dec 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

6thstreetbrewpub, Dec 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

tt0027, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

cfalovo97, Dec 08, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev -5.6%

Shout out to Minnesota and the staff at Heritage Liquors for throwing a great party at "Beer geek Christmas"

A: a few seconds after popping the cap beer is overflowing from the bottle. I quickly pour into the snifter and it pours an opaque dark amber color with ample, pillowy beige head, easily two fingers high.

S: Mustiness with rich dark malty aroma. I sense a bit of sourness in there too.

T: Rich bready maltiness with typical belgian spiciness. Also getting some vanilla that has kind of melded itself to the alcohol. Its almost as if this was barrel aged.

M: Heavy carbonation with a modestly dry finish.

O: I am not a good judge of belgians as I have not had many but I enjoyed this. The belgian spiciness which tends to be off-putting to me is balanced quite nicely with rich maltiness and alcohol warmth.

Beerdregs, Dec 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

browniewithnuts, Dec 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

csiewert, Dec 05, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev -0.2%

Smooth with a bit of a hops bite and no after taste. Very dark, muddy color. Had a hufe off-white head. Aroma was strong with peach, vanilla and caramel. The flavor had a hops bite that was tempered by vanilla, orange peel with a caramel finish. It gets seeter as you go through the glass.

Coomer, Dec 05, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +4.8%

Sampled from a 330ml bottle acquired in a trade with deeblo. Cap date was "02.12.14".

High carbonation on initial pour. Brown with some light and apparent clarity. A beige head that lingers nicely. Aroma is raisins, figs, dates and brown sugar. Not strong but firm. Taste follows closely with an incredible depth of flavor. There's a lot to explore. With so much going on, it's still incredibly balanced and coordinated. There's very little sign of the 10+% alcohol other than a gentle warming feeling. The feel is very light and airy. It almost evaporates as it hits your mouth.

I really enjoyed this one. I look forward to seeing what some age can do for it.

GJ40, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

drummermattie02, Dec 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

JLoden, Dec 03, 2012
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, Dec 02, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +3.7%

330ml bottle poured into a small Westvleteren IIX chalice.

A - A slow foam pushes upward as the cap pops off, leading to a pour of surprisingly effervescent beer. Active carbonation bubbles away as a lighter-than-expected brew fills my glass. It's a sort of dark brownish color, with red/orange/purple highlights when held up to the light. Despite the somewhat fizzy nature of the head during the pour, it appears a dense layer of light tan foam has formed, and isn't going anywhere. Bits of sediment can be seen floating in the murk at the bottom of the glass. Bits of lace form, although nothing substantial. So far so good.

S - The aroma is complex to say the least. The booze is certainly immediately identifiable, along with a wide variety of other notes. Cherries, plums, raisins, figs and dates. Sweet candi sugar, with mild spices and bready Belgian yeast. Molasses and brown sugar poke through as well. Pungent, but subtle. balanced and mild, but bold. Only thing throwing me off is the phenolic bite.

T - Sometimes I find that Belgian beers are simply representations of their respective styles, and don't push the flavor profiles into big, bold incarnations of those styles; they bring to the table would you'd expect, but nothing more. Westvleteren IIX doesn't do this. This brew is big, bold, complex, and delicious. Fruits are right up front, with dates, figs, cherries, and plums all coming through, complimented beautifully by sweet candi sugar and other sweet notes. Well developed base of bready malt, Belgian yeast, which is superb here, and other earthy notes. The sweeter side is balanced nicely by lots of spice, with ginger, cinnamon being at the forefront. The spice lingers long into the finish. Molasses, brown sugar and and other sweet flavors come through as well. Earthy hops and a gentle boozy warmth give it some edge. A magnificent meld of bready yeast, spices, dark dried fruits, and sweet malt. World-class.

M - The mouth on this one is flawless. Fine bubbly carbonation and a nice medium body make this one smooth as silk. Still, it fills the mouth nicely, with a perfect consistency, giving way to a finish in a class of it's own. Slight stickiness, and there's no denying the alcohol presence on this one, but it all goes together with the profile perfectly.

D - An all around superb beer, and it's easy to see why it's regarded as one of the top brews in the world. While I've always been attracted to the Belgian beers out there, Quads/BSDAs usually fall a bit short for me, but this one was certainly different. That being said, the massive price-tag and exclusivity make it a little harder to enjoy. I've yet to try Rochefort 10, but I can't imagine this is THAT much better than it. Either way, I'm glad I got the chance to try this one; world-class and a benchmark for the style.

Converge, Dec 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Vivs85, Dec 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

millelacsmark, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

jenlovesbeer, Nov 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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