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

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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
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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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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Photo of RickS95
4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cap is stamped 17.6.14

Pours a deep, dark mahogany. Even with a careful pour, the yeast found its way to the glass (which was fine by me). The head is moderate, slightly off-white, with only medium retention.

Hopefully I popped the top on this a bit early, because I'm not picking up anything special in the nose. It's very malty and a bit cola-like, some dark fruits for sure, but nothing out of the ordinary. As it warms, alcohol fills the olfactories and notes of fruit cake come forward.

The taste is much better than expected based on the look and smell. It's rich, dark fruits like raisins and dates, the funky Belgian yeast is prevalent. Alcohol makes an aggressive appearance and lots of spices are prevalent.

It's very complex. Slightly sweet with an almost strong mouthfeel to start, as it moves back it brings forth some hoppy bitterness and heat from the alcohol. It's full-bodied and the flavors and sensations are tight. A slightly dry, carbonated finish. Very warming on the lips from the high ABV.

You'll want to error on the side of warmer rather than colder. The beer really comes alive as it warms. This beer doesn't need anything from me to pump it up, so all I can say is try it. If you're a beer geek, you owe it to yourself. I actually prefer Westy 8, but this is near the top of the list.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of JayQue
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this beer. I'M NOT WORTHY!!!

Purchased from Etre Gourmet along with some Pannepot and A Cantillon unblended lambic. Plain brown bottle with a "Trappiste" ring around the neck.

Poured into my trusty Chimay goblet a medium brown color with a little light coming through. Medium size off-white head that fades to a covering of the glass. The covering continues throughout the tasting (about 30 minutes). Lacing consists of a film with dots of lacing contained in it.

Smell is mostly dark fruit (raisins, figs) and some Belgian yeast. Pronounced and very rich.

Taste is out of this world. Belgian candi sugar, yeast, dark fruit, spices and a little caramel malt. Expertly blended, hint of warming alcohol. Absolutely outstanding. Worthy of the hype!!!

Mouthfeel is rich and luxurious. The alcohol is not a negative factor. This is an outstanding beer.

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4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served out of the bottle into a Rochefort chalice. Aged 6 months. Born on 6/7/11. Consumed on 12/7/11.

First things first, I am coming into this beer with immense hype. How can a beer ever live up to its representation of "best beer in the world?"

A - Very dark mahogany brown color with an off-cream colored head. Head dissipates a little faster than the Blonde and 8.

S - Faint aroma of dark fruit and brown sugar. Not as aromatic as the other two either. Hmmm.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this over a year ago but I finally decided to not be lazy and keep up with some old reviews. This was also apart of blind quad tasting.

Severed in Chimay chalice it produces about 2 fingers width of white fluffy head that disappears somewhat quickly the color is a outstanding dark chestrnut brown. The smell is very faint I pick up the Belgium yeast, a boozy smell and very faint caramel sweetness. The first sip is amazing, where I was let down by the smell the taste blew me out of the water. Great caramel/molasses flavor, nice dark fruit like raisins or figs, and that great Belgium yeast flavor. The mouthfeel is prefect great balance between the carbonation and the body. Overall this was one of my favorite beers I had, the 10% alc was extremely well hidden in the taste. This is a dangerous beer if I could get my hands on it more often I would drink this all the time.

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4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My brother visited Holland last year and was able to bring one bottle back. I’m drinking out of a brandy snifter, and letting the brew warm up some as I write this review.

Appearance is typical quad, dark, creamy, whatever.

Smell is Belgium yeast and fruity caramel malt coated in alcohol.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and so is the taste. While you can smell the booze, you don’t get much of it on your pallet. I taste the typical Belgium dark fruit/clove/yeast taste but I also get hints of German malts, almost like you’d find in a dopplebock or even scotch ale.

Overall, this is a very nice brew! Worth the hype? Well that depends on who you ask. I typically find Belgiums somewhat bland and overly smooth. I tend to enjoy a shock to my taste buds and a overflow of complex flavors when it comes to drinking something so legendary.
This beer is 100% delightful to drink, totally enjoyable, yet somewhat under complex.
I could easily drink this again and again.. Well ok no; I’ll prolly never drink it again, as its near impossible to find for most of the world, and expensive as hell.
So in a nutshell: A+ awesome brew, but not what I would call the #1 beer in the world.

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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