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

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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII)

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,400 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,400
Reviews: 1,601
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,760
Gots: 1,231 | 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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timtim

District of Columbia

4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown with a tan head that holds and leaves pretty lace. nose is plum, roasted nuts (reminds me of roasting pecans and chestnuts a bit), stone fruit pits, golden raisin and some mild spice (anise? dark spice). all of this is on top of a soothing kind of rum soaked alcohol presence. just wonderful. taste is huge, with flavors of plum, nut and raisins just singing in perfect harmony with the booze notes and phenols. full body with the classic belgian-style light-as-air feeling and a healthy pricklyness to open up the palate and dig the flavors in. the booze is there for sure, but it amplifies and harmonizes more than anything. a true world-class classic brew. thanks dan!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 23:05:14 | More by timtim
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michaelj3

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-09-2012 19:03:05 | More by michaelj3
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decadance

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

03-09-2012 04:44:07 | More by decadance
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PhillyP

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -13.2%

03-08-2012 21:26:17 | More by PhillyP
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Humulus8Consumer

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-08-2012 07:55:43 | More by Humulus8Consumer
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beagle75

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

03-06-2012 19:54:52 | More by beagle75
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Mattylegend

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

03-05-2012 20:08:44 | More by Mattylegend
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hdelavega

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

03-05-2012 13:15:13 | More by hdelavega
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leodarko

California

4/5  rDev -13.2%

03-04-2012 23:00:16 | More by leodarko
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boothbeer

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-04-2012 20:46:25 | More by boothbeer
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markyoung

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-04-2012 05:03:19 | More by markyoung
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ShadyJay

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -56.6%

03-04-2012 00:08:51 | More by ShadyJay
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bckayaalp

New York

4/5  rDev -13.2%

03-03-2012 02:27:28 | More by bckayaalp
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-02-2012 21:38:14 | More by heddar33
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SURFBUGG

California

5/5  rDev +8.5%

03-01-2012 21:30:38 | More by SURFBUGG
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received with many thanks from the legendary Zimbo.

Pours a rich chocolate brown with reddish hues and wispy cream clouds rather than a head.

The aroma is very strong in there is sherry, molasses, rum, bootleg scrumpy and red diesel.

Taste wise it makes me think barley wine, it hits the tongue like a sherbet coated sugar plum then zings along with dark rum hints continuously warming the mouth.
I can't completely go into all of the flavours going on.

Strange thing is as strong as it is, it isn't heavy, not in mouthfeel or flavour.

Quite lively put without being too fizzy.

Is it the best beer in the world?

Well it is fantastically good, but I think the heavy weight alcoholic strength would make it the world's best strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 21:28:30 | More by EmperorBevis
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HopnDash

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-29-2012 18:28:52 | More by HopnDash
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page101

Michigan

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-29-2012 03:54:26 | More by page101
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eandersen

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-29-2012 02:11:36 | More by eandersen
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JGuill

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-28-2012 20:02:39 | More by JGuill
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been sitting on this a while until the right special occasion came along...

Pours a medium brown, clouded with some yeast sentiment, moderately firm khaki head, gone quickly leaving spotty lacing. Scent was fantastic, as it brought a wonderfully blended concoction of brown sugar, light molasses, honey, doughy and yeasty undercooked bread, prune, fig, raisin, apple and light spicing. Was expecting a slap in the face from the taste, but was greeted with a smooth, blended combination of the notes from the scent. Bready, fruity, sweet, savory in all the right quantities. Medium bodied, moderately bubbly, better towards the end as carbonation escapes. Overall, a truly exceptionally crafted beer. Always hard to live up to the hype, but in the way everything blends and layers, it is a work of art.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 14:35:17 | More by rfgetz
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OttomanSoxFan


5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-26-2012 11:18:17 | More by OttomanSoxFan
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AlastairM

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

02-26-2012 10:04:58 | More by AlastairM
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Michael, who found a small availability at a bottle shop in Vancouver. Trappist bottle, cap was marked with 22-09-13, which I assume is the best before date.

From a tasting on February 19. Poured into my Victory snifter.

Where to start? Appearance was fantastic. Beautiful deep amber color, clear with chunks of sediment floating in it.

Aroma consists of ju-jube, dates, white raisins, quite a lot of pitted dried fruitiness going on in there. No hop aroma at all, which was expected.

Taste was bread, yeast, ju-jube, dates, raisins and candy sugar.

Mouthfeel was super creamy and smooth. Virtually no alcohol detected at all, which is amazing considering the ABV. Would describe similar to Rochefort 10 only much smoother and even more complex.

Definitely worth the expense and trouble to give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 23:12:14 | More by DaPan
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FredLogue


5/5  rDev +8.5%

02-25-2012 11:07:48 | More by FredLogue
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 4,400 ratings.