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

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5,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,026
Reviews: 1,635
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 3,025
Gots: 1,487 | FT: 107
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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%

Photo of Arknot
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.

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of camil1mj
4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Deep caramel brown. White foamy head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Immediate spicy, sweet maltiness.

T: Caramel maltiness with shades of dark fruit and that typical Belgian yeast taste that is common to the stlye.

M: Medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Great Quad, probably the best I have had in the style. Glad to have tried it, but it does not live up to the hype. This is surely not the best beer I have ever tried.

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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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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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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%

Photo of davey101
4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cap reads 20.05.14 making this born on 5/20/2011 I believe. Huge thanks to a kind soul on another forum for sending this to me! Poured into a chimay goblet and allowed to warm up for a while.

A - Great dark brown body that allows a bit of light to pass through. There is a little bit of sediment that settled at the bottom of the glass. Fantastic off white/light khaki head that sticks around forever. Really creamy and tight bubbling with some moderate lacing and retention.

S - Loads of dark candied/caramelized fruits. Figs, prunes, plums, raisins etc. This is followed by a great spice note and some light yeast and alcohol. Extremely well balanced.

T - Follows the nose. Candied dark fruits, caramel, and then the spices. The aftertaste is of Belgian yeast. The flavor is so well balanced and delicious. I could down pint after pint of this stuff. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

M - Creamy, medium mouth feel with just the right amount of carbonation. It coats your mouth but doesn't stick around for too long. Fantastic.

O - I actually wanted to not like this beer as much as I did. I know it has a great deal of hype and I figured since I invested $0 on the bottle I would be going into it unbiased. It blew me away though. This is an excellent quadrupel and its worthy of its high ranking. I enjoyed it much more than the easier to find examples, and the only other quad that I have had that surpassed this was pannepot grand reserva.

Photo of origais
4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1st Dec. 2011 into a Leffe chalice.

Vintage, 3 years old.
If the product is good, oxydation is coming. Don't keeping any longuer.
I was a bit disapointed by the lack of "roundness" of it. Maybe because of the age? For other beers it did not happen so often...

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of MattHop
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of DiffuseTheBob
5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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

15.06.14 into a Chimay chalice.

Produces a fizzy tan head that falls down to a nice little thing of almost a finger. The body is brown with red/orange hues popping up at the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. The head sticks around and leaves a nice sheet down the glass.

Pleasant alcohol aroma is present along with a little sweet caramel. Dark bread, dark fruits, and cherry round it out.

Oh my, this thing is smooth as a babies bottom. The alcohol and carbonation leave a little tingle on your tongue. Medium bodied. Dry. Some dark fruity raisin thing going on. Leaves a bready taste in my mouth. A little sweet, but not overbearing like some quads can be.

As close to perfection regarding quads as far as I’ve had. I suggest eating beforehand or pairing with something after you get a taste for it because this leaves the head feeling good afterwards if you aren't prepared.

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4.2/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle cap reads 28-05-??

A - Pours a deep plum chestnut with a 1/4 inch tan foam that slowly faded.
S - yeasty grainy aroma, some dried figs and not alot else
T - boom, hit with a big amount of raisins, figs and caramel, there is a spiciness to the yeast. It starts out really sweet and mellows out as the alcohol comes forward.
M - lively carbonation, medium bodied and very drinkable
D - Its a shame that this is sort of hard to get, its very enjoyable and one I wouldn't mind pulling out from time to time. By all means, if you can grab some, definitely do so.

Photo of Lillie1128
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on 11/26 at Sweetwater with Urbancaver and Cashew70

- Pours a deep caramel with a small white head

S - Wild, yeasty smell

T - Amazing. Like a magic beer ambrosia. It tastes like Belgian with sweet floral notes

M - Medium bodied and lightly carbonation

D - Medium drinkability

Thanks to urbancaver for this one! Best birthday present ever!

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

A: 1/8" tan coloured head over cloudy dark brown liquid with plenty of unfiltered floating wonderfulness.

S: Yeast, some alcohol and the dark fruit smells associated with Belgian yeast.

T: Figs, cherries and molasses up front with a rich syrupy malt backbone and a slight presence of alcohol. It seems to envelop every area of your mouth, just beautiful.

M: Thick viscosity with a medium to high level of fine carbonation.

O: A beautiful taste experience and I believe that it lives up to the hype.

Photo of aingle
5/5  rDev +8.5%

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