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

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5,129 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,129
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3,084
Gots: 1,557 | 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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5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes 11-22-11

P: 11.2 fl oz bottle in to a snifter.

A: SRM is caramel/toffee brown. Translucent with sediment. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Semi sweet, some dark fruit, light hops, medium roast malt, blegian yeast(bread notes), alcohol.

T: Wonderfully balanced maltiness, semi sweet dark fruit, light hops, some yeastie bread notes, and some caramel notes. Aftertaste is malt and yeast/bread with a light caramel sweetness.

M: Medium/full body. Quite complex and layered. Malt and yeast give a thicker feel, but the light hops and friut lighten the feel a bit. Light alcohol gives another layer to the feel. Finished wet.

O: Easily in the top five beers I have ever had. This was the second time I have had this beer, and it was just as good as the first. I think I might like the 8 more, but not by much. Fantastic flavors, all almagamated nicely. If you are in to craft, this is the Holy Grail of craft. Consider yourself extremely honored and privileged if you get the opportunity to try this one.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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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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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of larryi86
4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you Cstromberg57 for this!!!

11.2 oz bottle, date on the cap is 18.11.14 so 2011 bottling, poured into a Chimay Chalice

A- Dark brown/red with a two finger head that fades to a small light tan cap.

S- Sweet dark fruits, figs, plums, cherries, hint of spices, bananas, grapes, touch of alcohol, just complex and great.

T- Wow, a lot going on here, finish really surprised me, it is bitter from earthy spices and a hint of alcohol. Not as much dark fruits as the nose but the are here and work very well the the yeast, some grapes, some bready notes. Very well balanced, very complex and delicate.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium body.

O- Just great, and I am very happy I was able to get a bottle. I can't not wait to try this again, easily one of the best beer I have had, and very easy to drink...I almost finished the bottle before the review and that rarely happens with me. The 10.2% ABV really sneak up on you!

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Poured (a 2007 best before bottle so well aged) into a belgian goblet to a rich muddy looking - mid brown colour with a small head that soon vanished

Smells fruity, some dried fruit aroma, maybe some banana and certainly some spice aroma

Tastes rich and complex, burnt sugars, some spice, dark fruity flavours . . . you would not think you are drinking a 10%+ beer, the trick of any great beer, if I dind't know the ABV I'd have maybe guessed at 5 to 6 % - so basically a session beer if you're from the USA ;)

Mouthfeel was very silky and just begged for more to be imbibed

I drank the 2nd half of my glass with some roquefort cheese - an excellent pairing!

Overall a great great beer, very complex and one for a special occasion (or two!)

Having had an in-date bottle in the past, the aged one was just as good - but probably no better to be honest, slightly more earthy if that makes sense to anyone!

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ygtbsm94 was kind enough to give me one of these as an extra a couple of years back, and I'm finally getting around to drinking it on New Years Eve 2011-12. Thank you, Brad. Best by 17th Jan 2010, so that makes this almost 5 years old.

A clear very deep ruby red with a dense, light brown head that falls off to a disk surprisingly rapidly, this looks quite excellent. The nose has plenty of plum and dark fruit jam characteristics, over-ripe even, with a little bit of cola and coffee. There are caramel and bready notes as well, and combined with the dark fruit, this smells like fruitcake. The yeasty phenols have died down with age, though a mellow spice character is present with allspice, nutmeg and clove. Pretty excellent.

The palate is dominated by the dark fruit character. So ripe and jammy, there's plums, dates, raisins, even a little bit of prunes, and a touch of black raspberry. Bready on the mid-palate with dark caramel, toffee and a little bit of cola (along the lines of Pepsi IMO). A little cocoa is present as well. While a little bit on the sweet side, this finishes quite dry and is actually refreshing. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer has a pretty stunning mouthfeel. Best beer in the world? Nope. Best quad I've had? Pretty darned close. I'm letting my original scores stand for now.

**Original review 05-14-2008 03:13:03**

largadeer split this one with me - thanks a million for the chance to try this! Best before 19th Sept 2010

A: Very deep ruby red with dense light brown head. Excellent head retention

S: Fruity with plums, dark sugar and alcohol. Complex and sweet

T: Fruity to start with but grows in complexity with the appearance of figs on the palate. As big and full bodied as this beer starts out to be, it finishes surprisingly dry

M: Incredibly smooth with great carbonation and a sweet but dry finish

D: This is an incredibly easy-to-drink high ABV beer. I need to find more!

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 bottling (cap reads 12.08.06)

This is my first Westy 12, so nothing to compare to - starting w/ an 8 year old bottle.

A- Pours very deep brown and murky, got a bit of sludge toward the end of the pour, I did manage to keep most of this out of my goblet. Very thin head.

S- Amazing. Mostly picking up plum and raisin. Definitely has a port thing going on here.

T- Very good. Dark fruits, candy sugars, a bit of a port booziness going on here. Quite warming and both strong and delicate at the same time.

M- Beautiful creamy, leaves a bit of an oily feel in my mouth, which I like.

O: Again, never had one before, but I love this. Would really like to try one w/ less age to compare. I've got a few more 8 year olds, which I'm totally fired up about after finally cracking one open.

Serving type: bottle

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of sterstar1
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased a bottle in Belgium and brought it back to the states. It was in the cellar for 4 years and I just opened it the other day. What a treat. The color was deep and beautiful. The nose was an absolute delight. Definitely candy and caramel notes. The mouthfeel was perfect in terms of body. Not too much and not too little. And the taste, well, amazing. Looking forward to going back to buy another for those blessed monks. Cheers.

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

Even though this is a difficult beer to find- especially now I have come to find over the years that this has been one of the best beers I have ever had. As far as quads go it has a consistent dark malty flavor without being overbearing. It does have a very slight banana ester flavor-just a hint so may not be as noticeable. As I have found over the years drinking/trying/comparing quite a few beers especially in the quad category this one always seems to be consistently terrific but now is extremely difficult to find.

Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
100 out of 100 based on 5,129 ratings.