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

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Ratings: 5,044
Reviews: 1,638
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 3,030
Gots: 1,504 | FT: 107
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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%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of mtbdonn
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in my trusty Westy chalice; pours a deep brown with a big tan tightly bubbled head, fades to the edges and leaves a nice lacing. Held to the light, the body is a beautiful cherry amber, clear save for a small amount of setiment at the bottom.
A-The nose is a luscious blend of dark, dried fruits, and an unidentified wood; oak? Much yeast in the nose with fruits such as prune, fig, and raisin.
T-The taste is completely blended, there are no layers of individual flavors. The initial flavor is kind of sweet up front, but quickly begins to dry out. A light touch of effervescent which I find is typical or bottle fermented Belgian Ales, and I love it. The palate is sweet and yeasty and a blend of darkish fruits like the prune, fig, and raisin I got in the nose. The whole flavor profile seems to settle right on the center of my tongue, lingering with a hint of dryness. Like a good Belgian, Westy warms beautifully, bringing out even more of the tangy yeasty sour goodness.
M-The mouthfeel is barely carbonated, but silky smooth, and heavy.
O-Head and shoulders above all other Quads, Trappists definitely included. Westy 12 finishes beautifully, much to my sadness, because I really didn’t want this wonderful Belgian beer to end. A true Trappist quadrupel, bless those monks. For a high ABV, Westy 12 is very drinkable, and I could easily put a couple of these away

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4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into tulip - thanks to Brabander

Pours a deep, dark almost black color with some purple and reddish hues. Thick crop of lightly tanned head rests on top, retaining exceptionally well, lasting throughout the entire pour. Sticky lacing littered across the glass.

Bold and robust in the nose with a warming bouquet of fruits. Dates and figs with some caramelized tones and a light whiff of burnt sugar. Soft boozy glow, tempered by rich layers of malty complexity.

Plenty of dark fruit layers up front, weaving flavors of dates, figs and raisins together. Candied and caramelized notes with a decent amount of sweetness and a touch of burnt sugar. Thick malty backbone with some caramel and heavy bready tones. Dark and roasty for a brief moment. Finishes with a warm boozy spike and some residual sweetness.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, thick and full on the tongue. It's fair to say this lives up to the hype, although it's difficult to say that it's worth the price when St. Bernardus and Rochefort are sitting on shelves everywhere.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of joseph82
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ain't nothing like this beer, it's one in a million. There's simply no comparison. The fact that you can only pick up one crate per car, at the abbey where this stuff is brewed by monks (!), only adds to its exclusivity. It's taste is like honeysuckle dipped in angel sweat. Best beer in the universe bar none.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a very dark brown with some amber highlights in the glass. Fairly thick and didnt let a lot of light through. A nice puffy 1-1/2 finger head.

S - Smells of dark fruits and berries. Grapes, raisins, cherries, vinous red wine and some tobacco. Also a strong caramel malt backbone to balance.

T - Very complex. Up front there's nice bready malt with toffee and rich dark fruits. 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.

M - Very smooth with good carbonation. The beer just seems to go down.

O - This lived up to the hype for me and was worth the price and hassle to get. I'm very glad I finally got to try this beer. Is it the best beer in the world? It wouldn't be number 1 on my list but it's definitely a world class beer worthy of a high ranking.

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4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a reddish brown hue with no head into a snifter. The smell was very boozy which was a bit of a turn off, but as soon as I tasted this beer I forgot it even had alcohol. This had a very sweet and smooth raisin flavor all the way through. Easy to drink and only a hint of boozy-ness in the aftertaste. The yeast took a back seat to the raisins as I could not really taste it at all, over all this is a very good beer that I will search out again. Thanks to chewy08rx for this one.

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4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had at In de Vrede today. The beer is pretty fresh and has a bit of heat. Might be better aged a bit (says the beer can age up to 20 years). Nice dark color, more amber than black. Lots of raisin, fig, caramel flavors. Very heavy bread smells, almost like going to a bakery. Might write a follow up review since we snagged a few gift packs at the abbey at 2pm.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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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%

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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.

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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