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

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4,705 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,705
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,889
Gots: 1,354 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +3%

TimFoster0, May 15, 2012
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Tarks, May 15, 2012
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Dontcounttoday, May 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

howard12, May 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Aschap, May 12, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy brown/burgundy color with a large two finger head, tan in color. Lasts for a while before reducing to a splotchy cap on top. Sticky lacing forms on most of the glass. Some sedimentation.

S: Some dark fruit upfront, mostly raisins and plums. Some Belgian yeast shines through in the middle followed up by some bready malt, caramel, and a little molasses.

T: More dark fruit, raisins, plums, a little bit of dates, mixed with some caramel and chocolate. The yeast component is not as strong on the flavor profile as it was on the aroma.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth. No sign of the abv.

O: Very good, glad to have tried it, but if I was in the mood for a quad, I think I would reach for St. Bernardus 12, not to take anything away from this fantastic beer.

mdaschaf, May 11, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour is a murky brown, muddy. nice patterns in the rings of head.

Smell has a bit of dry grains, hints of dried plums, and somehow a bit of belgian funk. not real sure where it came from, but i like it. Strong Belgian yeast esters.

The taste isnt as strong as I was expecting, but so well balanced. Strong plum and raisins (mostly raisins). Well balanced with dry grains and sweet dark fruits.

Its got every flavor from a quad, but all in balance. I see why its so highly rated.

VncentLIFE, May 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

md655321, May 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

eulcedes, May 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

dave122382, May 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

doopiedoopiedoo, May 06, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cL bottle poured into my favorite snifter
03.03.13, I believe that makes it a 2010 bottle, but I could be wrong

A huge thanks to muskiesman for sending my all time #1 want over in a trade.

A: Pours a hazy dark mahogany brown, with a huge 2.5+ fingers width of bubbly yet dense light khaki colored head.  The head hangs around forever, literally taking almost 10 min to dissipate down to a drinkable level of 1/2 a finger, which remains throughout the entire drink.  A few sedimentation particles can be seen suspended in the glass.  Lots of lacing clings to the glass.  Great looking beer.

S: Dark fruits, with notes of fig, dates and some over ripe plum.  Caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, a little bit of spice, and a touch of bakers chocolate round out the nose. Incredible.  

T: Nectar of the gods indeed!  Incredible from the first sip.  Dark fruits, again with dates and fig, along with raisin notes.   Candied sugars, caramel, bakers chocolate, some spice, a touch of hop bitterness.  The degree of spice is significantly more than the nose, and includes characteristics of  ground pepper and hints of clove.  There is a small booze presence that acts as a balancing agent.  A terrific balance with sweetness, spice, a touch of bitterness and a hint of booze, and an  incredible complexity.  Wow.  

M/D: Wonderfully smooth. Full bodied with an appropriate low carbonation.  A somewhat sticky almost chewy mouthfeel, which coats the palate very nicely.  Has a whole body warming characteristic.  ABV is wonderfully restrained and drinkability is superb.  Pretty perfect here.  

O: Overall, what a fantastic offering.  How can a beer with such a high reputation live up to the hype?  Im not sure, but it does. From start to finish just incredible in almost every aspect.  Is it the best beer in the world?  Impossible to tell, as with all the different styles, and personal presences, it's an almost arbitrary distinction.  That being said, I would have to say its probably the best beer I have ever had the pleasure of drinking, and if not number 1, certainly in the top 2-3.  World class.  

zac16125, May 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

totoropanda, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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derkfromwi, Apr 30, 2012
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alamode, Apr 30, 2012
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jvillefan, Apr 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

bostonryan, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this acquisition.

Consumed 4/28/12

Note: I've wanted to try this for years (not that I am alone in this aspect), and this is truly an epic occasion

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown color with some orange highlights - a gigantic head forms from a gentle pour, slowly fades to a remarkably thick cap - fluffy, absurdly creamy head, just looks pretty

Smell: Rich layers of Belgian yeast, spices, dark fruits, and malts - Belgian yeast tartness with some gentle clove - the fruity esters here are ridiculous - just about every dark fruit I can even identify, like grapes, figs, dates - lighter fruits, too, including cherries - some fruity sweetness - deep malts, very cooked, with caramel and molasses - a slight touch of port-like booze

Taste: Majestic- a nice, dry tartness that comes from a ton of dark fruit flavors - figs, dates, cherries, some spices, but surprisingly not a Belgian yeast bomb - on the sweet side, but not excessively sweet, and it's nicely balanced by some bitterness - dry molasses, toffee, caramel, with a touch of alcohol - very complex, but actually not as deep as the lovely aroma

Mouthfeel: Nearly full body, smooth, a little dry, creamy and great carbonation

Overall: Damn you monks!

Well, this lives up to the reputation. This is a fantastic quad. So many fruity esters, a great malt profile, and some bitterness that holds everything together. My only complaint is that it's has a little too much dry booze. This is pretty magical, but it's not the best beer I've ever had. I think this is a good thing, as this is not exactly easy to get.

angrybabboon, Apr 28, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split the bottle with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Deep chocolate brown with garnet hues. Relatively clear with a slight chill haze. Pours with a huge khaki/tan head that persists. Head is creamy, bubbly, and thick. Some spotty lacing. This is what the style should be.

Smell: Plums and other dark fruit. Big bite of alcohol with a nice level of yeast influence. Notes of clove and banana along with a spicy estery backing. Some caramel. Loads of heat from the booze. Bread dough and malty sweetness. Raisins and a touch of red wine and oak. Very complex without being aggressive. Great depth. Spicy and sweet.

Taste: Raisins soaked in alcohol. Bready and caramel sweetness. Figs, plums, and hints of ripe cherry. Yeast is aggressive hitting big spicy clove notes with touches of banana. Loads of alcohol heat. Candi sugar sweetness. Very clean and complex. So much ripe fruit. It works really well with yeast strain. Sugar runs the gamut from caramel to toffee and ending just over the line of molasses. Manages to avoid becoming cloying. Estery spices and a big yeast work well with the overall sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected with a lively carbonation. Medium body and a very clean finish especially for the style. Drinks smooth and a touch creamy.

Overall: This is the best Belgian beer I've ever encountered. Loads of depth and complexity without being too much. Nice balance and the clean finish is damn impressive. Is it the best beer in the world, no. Is it damn good and worth drinking, absolutely.

Goblinmunkey7, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

HamJam, Apr 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

wildcat29, Apr 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

madcal, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of mscudder
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

mscudder, Apr 28, 2012
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 4,705 ratings.