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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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5,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,244
Reviews: 1,677
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3,178
Gots: 1,634 | FT: 122
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Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark red/brown hazy color. Light brown head that leaves justa little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Candied sugars, dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, bananas, honey, wood, and yeast.

Taste: Mostly the same as the smells but with some mild alcohol taste and a little hint of salt?

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth. Suprising that there is not very much stickiness which is nice. Carbonation tickles the palate.

Overall: I have been waiting a long time to try this and it did not disappoint.

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Bottle (2012)

Krisp Beverages
San Diego, CA

A gorgeous beverage. Very dark ruby bordering on a complete brown, with a pillowing, light, airy, and creamy dark khaki colored head that leaves the glass with a constant sheet of sticky bubbles all the way down the glass. Gorgeous quad.

A collection of dark fruits in the aroma, chocolate cherries, figs, and dates, along with dark molasses, and distinct yeast character.

The flavor isn't quite as complex as the aroma, unfortunately, though still nice. Lots of dark fruit, spicy yet balanced yeast character, toasted biscuit, and just a bit of alcohol.

The beer is a triumph in the mouthfeel department. Silky, melting, creamy, and disappearing--wild for such a rich, and relatively sweet beer.

Fantastic, but truthfully not worth the price point with St. Bernardus and Rochefort examples readily available. Very glad I (finally) got to try this, however.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Snifter

A - Rust orange not much lacing, finger length of bubbly head

S - Fantastic!... apricot, raisin, mild bits of star fruit, sweet pipe tobacco, dark belgian candy sugar. I am simply amazed with the smell I feel like I am missing something here. All I can say is 5/5

T - Dark fruit, orange peal, coriander, browned plums, raisin, kinda boozy, in a good way. A bit of a nutty finish (reminds me of oak aged beers)

M - Perfect, it couldn't be better. perfect balance of dryness and substance

O - Satisfied and cant wait for my other two bottles to age!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up two bricks on 121212 by taking a hostage teetotaler in with me to the store and have drank two of the bottles in the beautiful glasses provided in the set. An excellent Quad, still a little sweet but many complicated flavors and aromas come out as it warms up. I taste something like black cherry in it, but that is just my taste buds, I suppose - not many other people have picked that type of fruit note.

Have had this BA account for some time without posting anything, although I look at it often and today I wanted to add a new beer from my local brewery that I am excited about, but found there is a 20 review limit before that can be done! So, the local beer is also a big Quad, and what I am about to say might be considered sacrilege to the obvious Westvleteren 12 lovers here but compared to the offering in the "brick" set, my local boys beat that!

Tomorrow we have a bocce game and there will be some vintage WV12's on hand to compare with these new ones so I will have my second review to post.

(BTW - anyone who says this brick set is overpriced does not value the glasses enough, they are excellent. And two - the bottle says in Latin, “Ad aedificandam abbatiam adiuvi” which means “I helped to build the abbey.” How cool is that?!

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Reviewed from notes. Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into the Westvleteren goblet. This one is pretty fresh - wanted to try one before it had some age.

A: A big, light brown head forms on top of the beer that is brown with red highlights. Medium to high level of carbonation.

S: Fruity (pear, apple, some banana), some sweet malt aroma, and almost a fruit syrup aspect? Perhaps candied fruit is a better comparison.

T: Big apple and pear notes. Sweet maltiness, some dark spiciness. A spicy sweetness that I can't quite place that reminds me of the spices in apple cider (cinnamon? cloves?) - but any comparisons to cider end there. Very noticeable alcohol at end - warming alcohol presence down the esophagus.

M: Medium body, great carbonation sensation present through a velvety beer - very nice. Alcohol very noticeable.

O: This is excellent, though hot...too hot right now. But, I can't wait to see what months and years do for this beer.

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Poured from a 11.2 bottle into the westy XII glass

A- pours a murky dark brown color... thick bubbly head... quickly disappears to a thin ring... Ruby hues to the light...

S- deep pronounced candied sugars .... dried and candied raisins and plums... metallic highlights in the back, slight fumes of alcohol burn

T- a slurry of sweet candy sugar, paired with candied plums, sweet darker fruits... hints of figs and raisins through out the taste... metallic covering the taste buds in the end

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O- Wow.... not wow for the present beer,well kind of... but wow, because this beer will turn out prestigious with tons of age.... I really can't wait to open the other 2... ten years later of course

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