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

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5,118 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,118
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 3,072
Gots: 1,549 | FT: 116
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to crack open my sole bottle of this much heralded beer. Roughly two years in the cellar, after drinking it I could easily see how this would be a prime candidate for extended aging. Perhaps when it becomes available stateside I will spring for a box and stash it away.

Pours a deep mahogany with faint reddish highlights; a small cream colored head settles fairly quickly but becomes a foamy cappuccino topping as it rests and remains there for the duration of the beer. Patchy lacing slips around the sides of the glass. The aroma is complex as is the taste. In fact this is one of the most complex beers I’ve tried, with tons of nuanced layers emerging over time and as the beer warms. Rum-soaked raisins and fruitcake, apples, almonds and marzipan, toffee and caramel, plums, figs, dates, and prunes all make an appearance. Each sip reveals another facet. Has to be served at cellar temperature to glean all of these fine details. A restrained bitterness emerges in the aftertaste, and the finish is fairly dry, with fading memories of dark fruit, pleasantly warming alcohol, and marzipan.

Medium-bodied and carbonated, clean and crisp, but velvety smooth and creamy. Yes, it’s probably a bit overrated due to its scarcity, but it’s certainly the best quad I’ve tried. Others come close, and it doesn’t destroy Rochefort 10 or even the best of De Dolle, but it is better than them, deeper and more complex but a good measure. Worthy of its place atop the pantheon of Trappist beers to be sure.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Hophead717
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 25.8.12 . Just over three years old.

A: Dark amber, brown with a creamy half-finger head. Glass w/o yeast shows some light when held up, but the glass w/ swirled yeast is much darker.

S: Rich dark fruits. Deep toffee. Fairly sweet, lightly floral. Namely fig, dark plum, and candied fruit in the nose.

T: Sweet fig. The ultimate malt-forward beer, with candied fruit, moderately spicy bread. The glass with the swirled yeast is stronger in flavor, but introduces phenolic notes which I do not enjoy. So, pour carefully.

M: Thin to moderate in body with moderate to high carbonation. Works well.

O: Very good. Obviously hyped, but more enjoyable than any other Trappist beer that I've tried. At three years, it's tasting very nicely.

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Best by 1.27.15. Haven't had one in 5 years.
Pours a hazy raisiny-brown color with sediment and a large fluffy tan head with excellent retention and lace.

Smells of rich dried fruits such as dates, raisin and figs. A touch boozy. Caramel and Belgian candy. Even a touch of spice like mild cinnamon.

Flavor explosion following the characteristics noted in the nose. Dark dried fruits especially. Again a touch of heat which I love and fits this beer. I wanna know this will fuck me up when I drink it.

Mouth is bright and effervescent with high carbonation. Ligh bodied yet slightly sticky.

Overall just a world class phenomenal beer. It's been a long time since I was able to enjoy one of these guys. I love it young and look forward to trying my other one with a few years on it in the near future.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Best before 19/06/2015 so this one is fresh.
Poured all of it without swirling the yeast, so I poured a bit of it but not all.

So this is a dark brown, hazy beer. Not that much light coming through, quite some visual carbonation when poured in the Westvleteren chalice and a small off white head with good retention.

Smells rather complex, lots of dark fruits, sweet melon oddly enough, molasses and also rather vinious. Dark caramel malts in this too.

This is a sweet fruity beer, dark fruits, some melon sweetness but also a beer a rather firm malty backbone to it. Slightly alcoholic but it only adds to this beer. Very good stuff.

Medium to full bodied, quite alot of carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Highly drinkable.

Overall a very good beer, I love Belgian Darks so this one is right up my alley. Recommended although I do not believe it is really worth the kind of money some people dare to ask for it. I bought a couple of sampling kits from the abbey and they were €9 for 3 bottles, one of each of their beers.

Best beer? Probably not but for the rather small style of quadrupels this one is probably the most complex and probably the best, atleast compared to the ones I had.

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