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

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4,827 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,827
Reviews: 1,621
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 2,935
Gots: 1,396 | 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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frisk, Nov 17, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Ernie for sharing this, a 1998 bottle from the batch that got labeled and sold in the US. Craziness.

A: Murky chestnut body with an impressive cap of tan foam that sticks around nicely. Great head for being sold old.

S: Intense, rich, deep, and smooth. Toffee, dates, prunes, and straight maltiness. Very, very, very nice. Perhaps not as noticeably complex as a fresh bottle, but the smoothness more than makes up for that. Terrific.

T: Super smooth, with terrific balance between sweet malts and more restrained dark fruits. Slight alcohol tingle on the finish, and a touch of mustiness that is the only negative sign of senescence.

M: Smooth (again), delicately carbonated, and perfectly graceful.

O: No surprises here, this beer ages like a champ. I'll be updating this review with that of a fresher bottle shortly; I've tried this beer several times now at tastings, and I can't wait to savor an entire bottle all by myself.


woosterbill, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrKennedy for very generously gifting me the bottle. Have been wanting to try this one since soon after I "discovered" craft beer, roughly two years ago.

Bottle dated 07.01.14

Pours a nice black-purple with a very healthy good-looking white head. Nice cloudy lacing.

Smell is lots of yeast and some alcohol. Very very pleasant fresh yeast smell though, almost porridge-like. Some celery. Raisins and grapes.

Taste is also very yeasty with a really nice grapey sweetness which is well balanced with alcohol bitterness. Aftertaste is very alcoholic. Normally I find quads a bit sweet but this one has a really potent and enjoyable bitterness and bite to it.

On the mouthfeel, feels like the beer is laced with oatmeal- thick, creamy and awesome.

Is this beer overrated? I would say yes. It is still excellent however. For something represented as being all things to all people, it holds up well. Can't wait to try the -BA version!

danieelol, Nov 17, 2011
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gonna be hard to top this one. Poured a golden brown, medium head minimal lacing ... and a terrific aroma of candied sugars, figs and raisins. Excellent body with medium sweetness, hints of vanilla, dark fruits and some caramel. excellent carbonation and a solid finish. I think what sets this one apart form others it the incredible balance between the carbonation, flavors and alcohol. Hard to live up to the hype of being the highest ranked beer in the world - but definitely something everyone must try if you have the chance. It is worth it! Great beer for my 40th!!

brendaniel, Nov 17, 2011
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Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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