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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,451 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,451
Reviews: 1,603
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 2,780
Gots: 1,248 | 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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5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-25-2012 11:07:48 | More by FredLogue
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BLang

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-24-2012 18:42:29 | More by BLang
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -8%

02-21-2012 19:04:52 | More by TWStandley
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slimjim871

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-20-2012 15:29:37 | More by slimjim871
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Brandonbrew

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -13.4%

02-20-2012 14:30:19 | More by Brandonbrew
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chrispoint

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-19-2012 20:43:35 | More by chrispoint
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Ireland

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

02-19-2012 17:00:58 | More by mnixon86
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Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-19-2012 04:05:36 | More by clarkw42
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Indiana

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-18-2012 06:37:26 | More by Cooper925
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cosmonick

Indiana

4/5  rDev -13.4%

02-18-2012 04:23:22 | More by cosmonick
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New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-17-2012 19:03:22 | More by GrindFatherBob
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-17-2012 01:03:30 | More by cinserrajr
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CarpalTunnell

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

02-16-2012 23:26:27 | More by CarpalTunnell
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North Carolina

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -13.4%

02-15-2012 23:56:34 | More by EmmyYUMYUM
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MDunk

Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-15-2012 07:09:12 | More by MDunk
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

02-13-2012 13:06:12 | More by Rollzroyce21
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brystmar

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cap date 09.03.12, so it’s ~3 years old. Opened as part of a 4-way blind(!) taste test with Abt 12, Rochefort 10, and Malheur 12. Thanks to Sarah for administering!

Hazy, deep brown pour yields one to two fingers of head with stubborn retention. The four of us participating all remarked on its aroma when smelling the (unbeknownst to us) Westy for the first time. It holds layers upon layers of complexity that the others simply couldn’t match.

The term "bready" is often thrown around, but Westy 12 actually smells like a freshly baked loaf of bread. Surprisingly strong caramel character too with a more tame spiciness than the others. As stated, we all agreed that this was the best aroma of the bunch.

Extremely complex flavor profile without an over-reliance on the style’s traditional spice characteristics. Tons of caramel (again) atop an already intriguing set of flavors. Bready. Significantly more interesting than the others. Finishes slightly sweet with lingering caramel amidst the boozy warmth.

Westy 12 sports a fuller body than its peers; noticeably more luscious and creamy than the others. Plenty of carbonation, but not too much.

Despite everything I've written, I can't drink this the way I do stouts or sours. It's become grueling for me to drink a Belgian these days, though this is certainly my favorite non-sour Belgian. The monks at Westvleteren deserve the hype they’ve earned over the years. Not the best beer in the world, but I'm rating to style and this is unquestionably the best Belgian Quad in the world -- particularly with a few years of age. I've since had Westy 12 fresh and, while it was still great, it couldn't compare to this ~3-year-old bottle.

...and in case you're wondering, my order of preference ended up being: Westy 12, Malheur 12, Abt 12, and finally Rochefort 10. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 06:13:42 | More by brystmar
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-12-2012 07:27:37 | More by cbnz
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herman77

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Brabander. Bottle cap date of 18/11/14 so bottled on 11/18/11

A: Murky ice tea color. Tons of carbonation streaming up to form a nice foamy light tan head, looks like a head on a nice oatmeal stout. Great head retention, decent lacing. Love that color.

S: Bready, floral and dark fruits (mainly figs and plums). Some tart apples, thought the nose would be a bit stronger, but still good.

T: Wow! So complex. So smooth. Up front there's nice bready malt with toffee and rich dark fruits. Again, plums, figs and prunes? Then comes some tart green apples and a bit of spice from the yeast. Finishes a bit warming that brings a nice carmel/toffee sweetness and slight tartness that lasts and lasts. It literally makes your mouth water after each sip.

It's incredibly hard to pin down all the flavors since there is so much going on.

M: Mouthfeel is awesome. High on the medium side, with a lot of carbonation, but its not prickly. Weird since it's so smooth, like liquid velvet.

O: In one word; phenomenal. Awesome drinkability and the ABV is hidden pretty well. I was a little concerned about the hype, but this lived up to it for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 00:08:51 | More by herman77
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TGS

California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-11-2012 23:57:13 | More by TGS
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jburchett

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-11-2012 21:27:59 | More by jburchett
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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Virginia

5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Kentucky

5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-10-2012 11:43:11 | More by JimDH
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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