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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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5,023 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,023
Reviews: 1,634
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 3,026
Gots: 1,484 | 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%

Photo of PDXHops
3.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks to jsilva and Gatorbeernerd for these 2 bottles, which were shared and compared with Ryan011235.

# 1- Poured into a Chimay goblet. Bottled November 2008.
Murky brown with a ton of floaties, even with a pretty careful pour. Eventually this clears/settles into something somewhat resembling a strongly roasted tea. Modestly sized head, but pretty nice retention considering the age and the width of the glass opening. Nose is freshly baked bread smeared with apple butter, straw and yeast. Not nearly as fruity smelling as I’d guessed, and not as fruity tasting, either. Yeasty and bready with a pleasant, but light plummy taste. As warms, sorghum and toffee sweetness begin to emerge, along with a light grassiness. Brown sugar. Sourwood honey. The skim of foam is easily kept alive with a swirl now and then. Scattered speckly lace isn’t too bad at all considering how much I’ve swirled this stuff to study it. Without a doubt the highlight of this bottle is the incredibly soft and velvety mouthfeel, which leaves behind a lingering yeast/bread/honey combo in the finish.

# 2- Poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Bottled February 2009.
A shade darker, with active carbonation feeding a finger or so of beige foam. Comparatively tenacious retention. Perhaps a trick of the glassware, but the aromas are more lively with this one. The nose seems more fresh and yeasty, although not as bold as I'd like. A fruitier flavor, particularly with prune and raisin, but again, not as potent as expected. Light leafy and tobacco notes. Carbonation slightly more prickly, but in general the same seductive, slippery feel. This one seems to have a touch more warming alcohol, although neither is particularly boozy. Light cocoa and a sweetness that reminds me of straight liquid malt extract.

Overall impression: I was somewhat surprised about the differences between the batches bottled just 3 months apart, but even moreso by the subtlety of both bottles. I’d almost go so far as to call them tame, at least in the bold world of quads. Tasty, although somewhat underwhelming. Perhaps they go through something akin to the ‘awkward’ stage you often see in American barleywines. I’ll update my review if I get the chance to try fresher or older samples.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle sharred with my two brothers.

Cap Date: 07/01/14

A- Pours a 1 ½ finger tan head that dissipates slowly, really nice lacing, dark dark brown color, burnt orange hues coming off the bottom, really attractive beer.
S- Beautiful aroma, sweet dark fruit aroma coming out right away, Plums, raisins, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, really complex aroma.
T- Wow, this is Incredibly smooth, brown sugar and toffee come out a lot stronger in the taste than the aroma, dark fruits come out in the background, plums, raisins just like the nose, again really smooth and easy drinking, the abv is nowhere to be seen.
M- Medium mouth feel, incredibly smooth drinking, clean finish, coats the palate, well carbonated.
O- I have had this on numerous occasions and I always forget to review it. This bottle really surprised me compared to the past bottles I’ve had, incredibly smooth, and well balanced. World class beer, very impressive.

Photo of Crundy
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark, dark amber red where light gets through, tan colored head, good amount of carbonation present

S: Heavy dark fruit smell, raisins and plums, caramel roasted malt, slight astringency

T: Caramel roasted malt, brown sugar, sweet dark fruits,

M: very smooth, more mellow flavor, it was sweet with a touch of bitterness towards the end. Slight twinge from the alcohol but I could hardly taste the 10.2%.

O: Very drinkable, very good beer. The best Trappist beer I've had yet. the flavors, while mellow, are blended perfectly and leave a pleasant aftertaste. Kudos to the monks on a superb beer.

Photo of scottyg354
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep mahogony. Nice 2 finger head that is slightly off white. Beautiful bubbling carbonation. Lacing all the way through.

S: Breads, Dried Fruits and I got a yogurt type smell out of this as well. Really,for the complexity of this beer, the nose really wasn't as wonderful as I thought it would be.

T: Bready and Fruit. (Fig's, Raisin's , Plum's). Caramel notes linger in the back end with banana and mild bubble gum. Candied sugar is evident as well. For the strength there is no booziness what so ever. Complexity at it's best.

M: Nice carbonation on this beer. Smooth and slightly chewy.Really great.

O: There is a reason this beer is constantly battling for the number 1 spot.

Photo of kscaldef
3.98/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Christmas Day beer :-)

A: Good pop of carbonation opening the bottle. Appealing garnet color in the light. Minimal, loose, irregular head.

S: Candy, brown sugar, strawberry. Mild fusels, raisin.

T: Date, raisin, fig. Bready malts. Candied orange and cherry. Mild phenolic finish.

M: High carbonation, a bit prickly. Finishes a little too clean; carbonation is scouring too much of the flavor. After about 15 minutes, the beer seems to have gotten some of the carbonation out of it's system and it's a lot more pleasant, although the body seems a bit light and I'd like more linger.

O: Is this one of those cases of unrealistic expectations? I'm not sure. The excessive carbonation definitely takes this bottle down a notch for me, as the first half was almost impossible to taste. But beyond that, I'd say this is a nice, but not amazing beer. I'm curious to see if it's substantially different on tap when I have a chance to visit Belgium next spring.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very viscous frothy head. Dark amber caramel color.

Very strong aroma. Sweet malty aroma. Rasins, figs, plumbs are nicely complimented by lemon zest and Belgian fruity yeast aroma.

Toffee caramel malts good dark fruit flavor. Blast of various spices from cinnamon to nutmeg maybe even a hint of clove. Sweet candy sugar and a light citrus note here and there.

Chewy but nice and light with the good carbonation. Little bit of an alcohol burn. Very complex delicious beer. I can understand the hype.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Erzengel
3.28/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before 16.06.2013
Bought 1½ years ago directly at the abbey and stored since then in my cellar. Reviewed in direct comparison to the Rochefort 10.

The beer starts relatively bitter with hints of malt and dark fruit. Very sweet, nearly clammy, no sign of the 10,2%.
The aroma of dark dried plums get lost in the sugary sweetness, which makes the beer very drinkable, but also very monotone. It is in my opinion even boring in comparison to the blast of aroma of the Rochefort 10.

The aftertaste is dominated by the brown sugar and the hop-bitterness, which remind me of our German Oettinger Malz, only a bit richer. But nearly no sign of herbal flavours like the Rochefort 10.

--> If I'll be at the Belgium coast on vacation next year, I'll again buy a crate, but for me this beer is not worth any effort! Very disappointing and absolutely overrated!!

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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

A: Pours a watery brown with a think white head that quickly fades. All thats left after a few minutes is a ring around the beer.

S: The beer is pretty calm. I am picking up some dark fruit, like figs or raisins. Maybe I am crazy, but I also get a bit of banana in there.

T: Now this is where the beer deserves to be considered the greatest beer in the world. There is a nice amount of dark fruit with some malt and a good amount of sweetness. I am also getting a tiny bit of banana. Really tastes more like a 4% beer and not 10.2%.

M: This is the perfect mouthfeel to me. It is so smooth and easy to drink. There is a tiny amount of crispness that tingles the tongue, but other than that it goes down like water. Cant ask for anything better.

O: If I could give this beer a 6 out of 5 I would. It just doesn't get much better than this and I wish it was easier to find, but I cant complain too much because I was lucky to get one thanks to my wife. Just amazing!

Photo of Skagbaron
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle of this 'mythologic' trappist beer when a great friend (thanks, Dre!) visited the Abbey of Saint Sixtus.

Served from a chilled bottle, with the smoking gun when opened, and poured into a goblet.

Poured a even dark brown color with 2 centimeters of tan/brown large foamy bubble head, that slowly disappeared to thin wisps but re-emerged with agitation. Beautiful micro-bubble carbonation like a Guiness commercial.

Smell is surprisingly subdued, malty and caramel tones. Smell returns with a nasal flux following sipping.

Taste is a mild blend of figgy, caramel, malt flavors. Some clove and bread in there. Hop bitterness is notably absent. Strong alcohol content is almost hidden. Aftertaste is more of the same with a smooth decay.

Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant, and made more robust by the lingering aftertaste.

Overall, an impressive blend of flavors and subdued notes. Like an artist's palate. High abv makes the repeated drinkability low beyond savoring a few in celebration. Awesome overall. No hype here.

Photo of Rutager
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance. Pours a deep, hazy brown with a little orangey-red. Nice two+ fingers of tan, foamy head that lasts a while and leaves some pretty lacing. Some suspended dark particles.

Smell. Dark cherries and plums, light belgian yeast, brown sugar, some caramel malt.

Taste. Cherries, pears, brown sugar, just a little booze. Really smooth with many subtle, complex flavours.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium+, smooth carbonation.

Overall. Just a fantastic quad. So smooth and nice subtle flavours, yet complex.

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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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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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