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

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5,236 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,236
Reviews: 1,676
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3,167
Gots: 1,629 | FT: 123
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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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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received with many thanks from the legendary Zimbo.

Pours a rich chocolate brown with reddish hues and wispy cream clouds rather than a head.

The aroma is very strong in there is sherry, molasses, rum, bootleg scrumpy and red diesel.

Taste wise it makes me think barley wine, it hits the tongue like a sherbet coated sugar plum then zings along with dark rum hints continuously warming the mouth.
I can't completely go into all of the flavours going on.

Strange thing is as strong as it is, it isn't heavy, not in mouthfeel or flavour.

Quite lively put without being too fizzy.

Is it the best beer in the world?

Well it is fantastically good, but I think the heavy weight alcoholic strength would make it the world's best strong ale.

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4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been sitting on this a while until the right special occasion came along...

Pours a medium brown, clouded with some yeast sentiment, moderately firm khaki head, gone quickly leaving spotty lacing. Scent was fantastic, as it brought a wonderfully blended concoction of brown sugar, light molasses, honey, doughy and yeasty undercooked bread, prune, fig, raisin, apple and light spicing. Was expecting a slap in the face from the taste, but was greeted with a smooth, blended combination of the notes from the scent. Bready, fruity, sweet, savory in all the right quantities. Medium bodied, moderately bubbly, better towards the end as carbonation escapes. Overall, a truly exceptionally crafted beer. Always hard to live up to the hype, but in the way everything blends and layers, it is a work of art.

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4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Michael, who found a small availability at a bottle shop in Vancouver. Trappist bottle, cap was marked with 22-09-13, which I assume is the best before date.

From a tasting on February 19. Poured into my Victory snifter.

Where to start? Appearance was fantastic. Beautiful deep amber color, clear with chunks of sediment floating in it.

Aroma consists of ju-jube, dates, white raisins, quite a lot of pitted dried fruitiness going on in there. No hop aroma at all, which was expected.

Taste was bread, yeast, ju-jube, dates, raisins and candy sugar.

Mouthfeel was super creamy and smooth. Virtually no alcohol detected at all, which is amazing considering the ABV. Would describe similar to Rochefort 10 only much smoother and even more complex.

Definitely worth the expense and trouble to give this a try.

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Really old notes from when I was living in Belgium...

Appeared a dark brown color with a billowing, 3 finger light brown head. A bit of haze and some yeast floaties.

Smelled of dark fruits, light spices, and some roasted-ness. Also a yeasty backbone in the nose.

Taste is delicious and rich. Some dark fruit and port wine characteristics - reminded me of a Swedish drink called Glug.

Mouthfeel is thick and somewhat subdued on the carbonation. Quite sweet. The ABV is hidden.

Solid beer! The best....maybe not.

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