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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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4,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,631
Reviews: 1,612
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,861
Gots: 1,324 | FT: 104
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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Photo of mscudder


5/5  rDev +8.5%

A huge thanks to Kevin for gracing me with this beer on multiple occasions. Reviewing with a documented version from around two months back.

A - A dark copper amber. A nice thick, frothy head with optimal lacing. Stunning.

S - So soft on my nose. Some dry sweetness, near no hop profile whatsoever. The best way I can describe this is by summoning the scent of a fresh loaf of bread, but beer!

T - Fantastic collection of spices, tingling my palette in ways I previously could not imagine. Bready malts and ripe dark fruits follow and the Westy finishes with a crisp and warm sensation. Top class!

M - Medium body which is rich, smooth and creamy. This defines a perfect mouthfeel. While it could be more stout/bold, this is refined excellence.

O - This lives up to the hype, I raise my glass to the Trappist monks of Westvleteren. Their passionate brewing has been transcribed into their product and warrants its throne atop the beer world.

04-28-2012 04:19:46 | More by mscudder
Photo of mightyhef


5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-28-2012 01:18:41 | More by mightyhef
Photo of TuckerMaxx


4.75/5  rDev +3%

04-27-2012 13:59:09 | More by TuckerMaxx
Photo of DaveC93036


5/5  rDev +8.5%

Smells of grapes and raisins in the bottle give way to a floral aroma in the glass after it is poured. Pours out and gives an inch of head that quickly dissapates. It is golden in color and even more golden when held up to the light.

Upon drinking, I was so happy that I started giggling like a little girl. That's how good this stuff is. The taste is right in line with the smell, grapes, raisins, and a floral aroma. It feels great in my mouth and settles well in my stomach.

This is one of the best beers I have ever had, it could be my favorite if I had it more often.

04-25-2012 15:34:15 | More by DaveC93036
Photo of DARIVA


3.93/5  rDev -14.8%

A: Nice little light dark beer with a good head.

S: The smells of caramel but nothing more recognizable.

T: The taste of toffee. Bit bitter beer and a little sweet taste.

M: Light carbonation.

O: Fairly long finish but a bit on the light side, even some creamy. Had something more expected, will later do a review of this beer.

04-25-2012 09:14:57 | More by DARIVA
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-25-2012 01:29:58 | More by Danobold
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-24-2012 22:56:15 | More by bluesplit63
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

04-24-2012 03:54:34 | More by NFMSKRS
Photo of ShawnB816

5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-24-2012 00:02:09 | More by ShawnB816
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +5.9%

Finally got to try it!

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy dark brown color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit, mainly plums and raisins, with brown sugar, spices, bready notes and belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has that complex fruity character with a mild spiciness, bready yeast notes, caramel/brown sugar sweetness and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a great overall balance, feel and complexity.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

04-22-2012 17:55:54 | More by SebD
Photo of DWolf


3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

04-21-2012 18:11:37 | More by DWolf
Photo of 49erLou


5/5  rDev +8.5%

Absolutely, positively the greatest example of an explosion of flavor.Coats the tongue with a blanket of awesomeness.A taste that you wish will not go away.If you can get your hands on this don"t be selfish and share the nectar of the gods with a great friend.

04-21-2012 04:19:57 | More by 49erLou
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New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-21-2012 01:05:04 | More by jmpizzo
Photo of schuim


3.78/5  rDev -18%

For sale now in Holland. Had a bottle which was very young.

A Dark brown, with yeast clouds in it.

S Sweet chocolate and sugered fruits.

T. Full bodied, sweet chocolate and fruit and warming.

M. Warming due to the high alcohol level

O. A liquid bonbon.

04-20-2012 14:17:12 | More by schuim
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

04-19-2012 18:00:06 | More by Hyhat
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

04-19-2012 05:05:46 | More by mrsdrabmuh
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

04-17-2012 04:49:52 | More by PuFtonLyfe
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-16-2012 20:25:17 | More by BeerBaron
Photo of tjkinate


4.38/5  rDev -5%

Not my favorite style, but damn tasty non the less.

A: Single finger head, decent retention, creamy off-white color settling to a thin white film. The body itself is deep rusty colored brew that is partly cloudy, but still allowed you to see bubble rising to the top.

S: Cherries, grain, dark fruits, belgian yeat, green apples and other tart notes. High ABV was surprisingly not detectable.

T: Did a side by side with Rochefort 10 and Abt 12. I found the Westy to be the winner due to its subtle richness and high level of drinkability. I detected hints of cherry, but much more in the grain and dark fruit department.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O: Pretty damn good.

04-16-2012 19:02:49 | More by tjkinate
Photo of dln646


4.45/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from a 2007 vintage bottle (33cl) at Akkurat; murky brown with a concerted cloudy core, a tan light foam rests at the surface consisting of tiny bubbles. Perceptible sediments in the glass. Polite medium intensity nose with multiple layered odor of massive licorice aroma, refreshing cola syrup, chocolate pudding, butterscotch and a hint of fruit, raisins mostly. Along with superb complexity this beer brings synergy to my nose each time I sense it. The beer is full bodied, mouth filling and silky. The high alcohol is not quite evident and malty taste above and beyond the perfect equilibrium of bitterness and sweetness brings this beer into sum balance. Caramelized tones, licorice, butterscotch, dried fruit, cacao, cola syrup and some tiny hints, symptomatic of bubblegum summer berries. This beer is outstanding, and yet I feel there's something missing. The concentration is outstanding, but not extravagant. This is surely a masterpiece, but I'm not blown away. Perhaps my expectations were excessively high for this legend of a beer, lacking a bit of feel and extraordinary touch. http://quaffable.org/?p=32

04-16-2012 10:55:14 | More by dln646
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

04-16-2012 02:37:01 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-14-2012 16:43:30 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

04-14-2012 12:51:30 | More by Askchucky
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4.58/5  rDev -0.7%

Enjoyed my first Westy 12 tonight! What a treat. Thank you Kayn169!

A: A dark brown with an amber hue. Nice head and great retention.

S: Very aromatic. Sweet smelling. Darker fruits. Plum, brown sugar, figs and molasses. Smells fantastic, especially as it warms up.

T: Very complex and well balanced. Plum, molasses and other dried fruits. A little alcohol finish. Tastes absolutely fantastic!

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

O: This a fantastic beer. The flavor and smells have increased dramatically as the beer has warmed up. This beer was well worth seeking out! Definitely deserves to be within the top 10!

EDIT: I had this a second time and was a little different. The smell and taste were extremely nutty. Almond was my first thought.

04-14-2012 03:59:02 | More by Rinkor16
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Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +3%

04-14-2012 01:31:12 | More by Mattgruv
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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