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

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4,952 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,952
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 2,978
Gots: 1,444 | FT: 107
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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Exiled, Nov 24, 2011
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shwami, Nov 24, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks to MrKennedy as this was an extra and what an extra cheers.

A-Dark brown orange non see through hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a very creamy two finger head that stays and stays with heaps of clingy lacing.

S-Raisins,prunes,brandy,cherries,belgian bready malts and alcohol.

T-Starts sweet and finishes balanced and dry with tastes of dried apricots,cherry puree,bananna bread,belgian bready malts and finished with a dry warming finish with its high ABV only noticable on first sip.

M-Full bodied like liquid bread and ideally suits.

O-A very enjoyable Quad and could honestly drink alot of if we saw regularly on our shelves top stuff thanks mate.

ADZA, Nov 24, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Beertracker, Nov 22, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into tulip snifter.
Date on Cap: 15.12.13

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a craggy, foamy off white head that leaves thick lacing. Breaks down to about a half inch thick foam.

The aroma is of tart fruit, with some dark sugars and phenols. Very faint alcohol.

The taste is again of more tart fruits upfront, followed by light yeast and dark sugar notes and finishes in a very light, boozy warming. Very low phenol character intermittently, which I enjoy as I find the spice in some quads to be a bit much for my taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickly, active carbonation.

A very enjoyable beer, and I love the balance in tart/dark fruits and the phenol spice. I feel very fortunate to get to try this beer.
All of that said, it is not such a spectacular beer that I would probably not go the great lengths it generally takes to acquire this beer.

vkv822, Nov 22, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Holy Grail.

Looks-wise, slightly disappointing. The trappists are known for their big, voluptuous heads and this one is a little sad, a sandy beige with limited retention and no lacing. But otherwise, it looks good, cloudy cola brown with cinnamon orange highlights. The aroma is a deep, dark vault of nuance. Brown sugar, raisins, pure caramel malt, pumpernickel, and toffee come first; delve a little deeper and you get toast, coconut, praline, and calvados. Despite its darkness there is a champagne-like quality to it, a mix of biscuit and fruit (mostly apples, grapes, and figs).

The flavor is lovely and round, full of cherries, dates, rum, and brandy. Toasted marshmallow and bourbon come through as well, with a touch of oak and hints of anise. It is delicious, filling, lingering, and soft, chewy and rich but still vaporous and dry. A beer of many contradictions and beautiful harmonies.


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domjwl, Nov 21, 2011
Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) from Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
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